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Eastern Elegance: Rotary Fundraiser

In keeping with the changing demographics of the Cupertino, Calif. which is now 60 percent Asian, the Rotary Club chapter there has refocused its support for international projects in countries like China and India. A Siliconeer report.

(Above): Sankara Eye Foundation, who received a bus through a Rotary Foundation Matching Grant, to transport people to its Bangalore facility where they are working to eliminate avoidable blindness. (Cupertino Rotary photo)

Cupertino Rotary Club hosted their annual fundraising event Aug. 22 to raise money for international humanitarian projects. The event took place at Hakone Gardens in Saratoga, Calif., according to a press release from the club.

Eastern Elegance started out several years ago as “Western Elegance.” The change in name reflects the evolving demographics of Cupertino, which have been embraced by its Rotary Club. Eastern Elegance co-chair Hung Wei notes: “Cupertino Rotary has placed strong emphasis on supporting international projects in countries like China and India. “Not surprisingly, this focus has resulted in a club whose demographics more closely reflect those of the City of Cupertino, which is now 60 percent Asian.”

This year’s president Steve Ting led a Rotary delegation to China earlier this year, where club members visited projects funded by last year’s Eastern Elegance event. “We have amazing partners in Asia like the Shin Shin Foundation, who are improving the lives of children in rural China.” The club will visit another recipient next spring – Sankara Eye Foundation – which received a bus through a Rotary Foundation Matching Grant, to transport people to its Bangalore hospital where they are working to eliminate avoidable blindness.

(Above): Cupertino Rotary members donating funds to Chinese organization Shin Shin Educational Foundation, involved in improving the lives of children in rural China. (Cupertino Rotary photo)

This year’s proceeds from Eastern Elegance will benefit several new projects including “Kenya Dream,” a partnership with Cupertino High School to improve a rural school in Meru, Kenya and Half the Sky Foundation who enriches the lives of children in China’s orphanages through early childhood education and infant nurture programs.

Last year, Cupertino Rotary participated in 14 international service projects in eight countries on four continents. The Kenya Dreams project will expand their humanitarian efforts to include a fifth continent – Africa.

Rotary is a worldwide organization of business, professional and community leaders that provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, and helps build goodwill and peace in the world. Approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 33,000 clubs in more than 170 countries and geographical areas.

Interested readers can visit their Web site at www.cupertinorotary.org for more information.


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