Humanitarian Efforts

Filipiniana Gala 2018

Posted on Sep 24, 2018 in #coloradoasian, APA, Awards, celebrations, Dance, Food, Humanitarian Efforts, Leaders, The Philippines | 0 comments

In celebration of the Filipino History Month, the National Federation of the Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) Region V is holding its Filipiniana 2018 Gala to benefit one of our member organization – MENDING FACES that was founded in 2010 by a passionate, highly experienced group of medical professionals and others to make a life-changing difference for children born with facial deformities. Their mission is to help families with children born with facial deformities like cleft lip, cleft palate, and other deformities restore hope and have a brighter future. Since 2010 they have performed hundreds of life-changing surgeries in the Philippines and Columbia. With previous benefit galas, NaFFAA Region V was able to help fishermen and their families regain their source of livelihood by purchasing fishing boats in Bicol when the area was hit by a typhoon on a Christmas day; Helped rebuild an elementary school and multi-purpose buildings in Ormoc and Tacloban that were destroyed by super typhoon Yolanda; Shipped two 40-foot containers of medical equipment and supplies donated by Project Cure after typhoon Frank devastated the province of Aklan; NaFFAA and its member organizations also funded Gawad Kalinga Colorado Village (35 houses) after a landslide in Cabagan, Isabela, Philippines.  NaFFAA Region V takes enormous pride in all that it and its members have accomplished. Filipiniana 2018, a benefit @ $60/person Saturday, October 13th | 6PM – 11PM DoubleTree Hilton DTC | 7801 E. Orchard Rd., Greenwood Village 80111 There will be silent auctions, door prizes, cultural dances, live band and dancing. Dinner will be accompanied with performances by different cultural dancers. RSVP: ...

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Sum Nguyen Receives “Spirit of King” Award

Posted on Mar 27, 2018 in #auroraasian, Awards, Humanitarian Efforts, Vietnam | 0 comments

Partnership Steering Committee Member and past Co-Chair Sum Nguyen received the “Spirit of King Award” from the City of Aurora’s Community Relations Division during the 32nd Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration. Apologies for the belated post — photo of Sum in front of the So. Vietnam flag, Aurora Municipal Center lobby, with City of Aurora’s Community Relations Chief Barbara...

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Feeding the 5000

Posted on Oct 4, 2016 in Humanitarian Efforts | 0 comments

Some Partnership Steering Committee members are volunteering for Feeding the 5000 – Front Range event on October 14th —  a free feast for thousands, made entirely, from fresh, top-quality produce that would have otherwise been wasted. See attached info for details and help spread the word.   Special thanks to Alexa Davis and Alice Moy who are volunteering!  Like the event on Facebook:  www.facebook.com/feedbackorg. Download the flyer...

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NaFFAA Reg V Empowerment Conf – Gala

Posted on Oct 13, 2015 in #auroraasian, #coloradoasian, APA, Arts & Culture, Educational, Food, Humanitarian Efforts, The Philippines, Youth | 0 comments

National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) Empowerment Conference Regional Conference will be held at two Aurora sites: Fri., October 16th — Youth Retreat 7:00 – 11:00 PM Location:  Knights of Columbus | Aurora Led by Javier San Andres, Region 5 Youth Coordinator, rf.javierdsa@gmail.com Sat., October 17th — Empowerment Conference 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM Location: Crosswind Church | 15801 East Centretech Circle | Aurora Agenda: 8 am     Registration (free) and Continental Breakfast, for purchase at Crosswind 9 am     Opening remarks, introduction-NaFFAA Region 5 Chair—Dennis Apuan 9:30      Plenary-Immigration Reform, DACA-JT Mallonga, Esq., NaFFAA Chair 11:00    Plenary-AARP, Aging and Health, Major General Tony Taguba 12:00    Lunch Break, for purchase at Crosswind, also time for social 1:00      Plenary-FilAm Vote-Gloria Caoile, NaFFAA Filipino American Vote Director 2:00      Plenary-FilVet Recognition and Education Project, Major General Tony Taguba 3:00      Plenary-Youth Caucus, to be led by Javier San Andres, NaFFAA Region 5 Youth Coordinator Sat., October 17th — “Filipiniana” Gala (link to announcement) 6:00–11:00 PM $60 – Adults | $50 – Students (Ages 13-21) | $30 — Children (Ages 0-12) Location:  The Inverness Hotel and Conference Center | 200 Inverness Dr. West | Englewood Benefit Victims of Typhoon Haiyan:  About 2 years ago, Philippines was hit by the strongest storm ever recorded to hit landfall named Typhoon Haiyan affecting millions of lives. In the aftermath of the relief efforts made by local and international community, the Tacloban area primarily affected by Typhoon Haiyan have made tremendous progress. NaFFAA V was able to raise and donate more than $25,000 to help build livelihoods, provide food, water and shelter, and rebuild infrastructure and education, such as the Salvacion Elemetary School. However, more work is still necessary with a past catastrophic event of this magnitude but with continued support and effort, we as a region are excited about funding a project that is currently ongoing that would greatly help families in those affected areas. Proceeds of the gala will benefit the building of a Multipurpose Shelter in Tacloban, Leyte for temporary housing of families who remain homeless after two years of devastation by typhoon Haiyan. Almost two years after typhoon Haiyan, there are still several families living in danger zones, making do in makeshift shelters. There is an urgent need to relocate these families to safer grounds, especially with the onset of the rainy months. Once permanent housing has been built, it can be used as a community multi-purpose building.  Your support to this project will impact the lives of 290 families in a big way. Contact:  www.naffaaregion5.org | (303) 465-4070 http://naffaaregion5.org/fundraising-events/current-events/filipiniana-2015-gala The Aurora Asian/Pacific Community Partnership is a proud sponsor...

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Ferry Sewol Disaster – Jindo, So Korea

Posted on May 12, 2014 in Humanitarian Efforts, Korea | 0 comments

The Aurora Asian/Pacific Community Partnership donated $500 in May to this special fund.  Please consider giving to the families of the students who lost their lives.  They are truly devastated. AFP – April 22, 2014 — Young students will not be able to rejoin the loving arms of their families.  Over 100 people have died in the ferry Sewol that capsized April 16th, and bereaved families wait sadly for news of hundreds still missing, feared submerged in the waters.  Of the 476 people on board the Sewol, approximately 325 were students and teachers from a high school near Seoul, who were on a trip to the holiday island of Jeju.  Approximately 174 people have been rescued.  Nearly 750 divers, mostly coastguard and military, are involved in the recovery operation. Donations for families of the victims in Jindo, South Korea are being accepted by: World –OKTA Denver Bank:  FirstBank, Aurora, Colorado Bank Routing Number:  107005047 Bank Account Number:  379-555-5809 Recipient:  Korean International Trade Association E- Mail a destination:  oktadenver@gmail.com Pay to Order:  World OKTA Denver Address:  6795 E. Tennessee Ave. #601, Denver, CO  80224 Contact:  Daniel Oh,...

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Friends Harry B. Esq. and Dr. Yrastorza Honored

Posted on Nov 7, 2013 in Humanitarian Efforts, Leaders, Refugees | 0 comments

Asian Avenue magazine features honorees Attorney Harry Budisidharta and Dr. Jaime Yrastorza in the November issue.  Links to their profiles follow.  Congratulations! Harry B. received APABA’s 2012 Governor Ralph Carr Service Award  (among other awards).  He was born in Indonesia, is a Partner with The Denver Firm, and is President of the Mile High JACL.  “…I am passionate about helping out the refugee population, he says.”  Attorney Harry Budisidharta’s profile… Dr. Yrastorza received Uplift Internationale’s Lifetime Achievement Award.  He is Founder and President-Emeritus of Uplift Internationale, now celebrating 25 years of mending cleft lips/palates of children in the Philippines at no cost.  He attended the most recent meeting of the Partnership, describing the upcoming missions trip.  Dr. Jamie Yrastorza’s...

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