DONOR APPRECIATION RECEPTION
On January 23, 2014, more than 40 donors from the 50th Founders Society, Arts `Ohana, and other donor recognition societies gathered for the inaugural Donor Appreciation Reception at Imin Center.
Brian Alofaituli, recipient of the Faith C. Ai and Cynthia J.C. Ai Award in 2012 and the Ashok Kumar Malhotra (Compassionate Service) Award in 2013 spoke on behalf of the students:
“Thank you! We applaud your generosity. No matter how far the students of the East-West Center will travel as we complete our degrees and programs, we will always look back and never forget the East-West Center and the people who have contributed their time, their resources, and their prayers in order for us to achieve our academic goals.”
Trudy Wong gave an emotional testimony on how much they have benefitted by their involvement with the East-West Center as volunteers and donors. Over the past four decades, Trudy and Alvin have welcomed hundreds of EWC students into their home as a host family. In appreciation, students made donations for student scholarships in honor of the Wongs, inspiring Trudy and Alvin to add their own major gift creating the Trudy & Al Wong `Ohana Scholarship Award.
JERRY AND TSUE OSTERMANN SCHOLARSHIP
Gerald A. Ostermann and Tsue Asami Ostermann exemplify the perfect union of two individuals fromvery different cultures who met at the East-West Center, fell in love, married, raised a family and built a life based on the values and understanding they experienced at the Center.
Jerry established Chicago Candy Works Ltd and re-created Lanzi’s Cashew Nut & Rice Crunch, an award-winning candy from the 60s and 70s. Tsue is a successful Japanese/English conference interpreter specializing in litigation-related work. Both helped to establish the EWCA Midwest and Arizona Chapters. Tsue serves as the co-chair of the EWCA Alumni Endowment Fund for Student Scholarships Committee.
They established the Jerry and Tsue Ostermann Scholarship as a $50,000 permanent named endowment for awards to Degree Fellows because they want to give others the same opportunity to participate in the East-West Center experience.
EAST-WEST CENTER WALL OF HONOR
This holiday season consider honoring an East-West Center person who made a difference in your life. By making a gift of $100 to the East-West Center Wall of Honor in that person’s name, you will help bring promising young leaders to train in leadership at the Center. Donations go directly into the Alumni Endowment Fund for Student Scholarships.
Click here to see 2013 honorees
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