Caring Connections
December 2013
A global update on CFC awareness and support
Dear Caring Friends,
It is my pleasure to have this opportunity to send all of you heartfelt thanks for your support and caring throughout 2013. During our annual appeal for funds over the past two months, we have been humbled by your generosity and by the personal notes that have accompanied your kind donations. Thank you for your belief in the work we are doing to bring sustainable, quality education to the children of Cambodia. 
Each year we do more with every dollar. We expand our training opportunities for both students and teachers, build Cambodian leadership and improve our programs so that they continue to be the model for all Cambodian schools. In 2013, all five of our primary schools received a #1 ranking in Siem Reap province. With increased resources and opportunities for all students, our impact is more significant today than it has ever been. We are not on a path of perpetual service. Our path forward continues to evolve and continues to empower Cambodians. Thank you for investing in their futures. 
From our entire orange team, we wish you health and happiness for 2014 and thank you for a year of amazing opportunities for our students.  
Natalie Bastow, Chief Operating Officer
Celebrate the season of giving
We are filled with gratitude and appreciation for all that you enabled our staff, teachers and students to achieve in 2013. Thank you for your continuing support!
As you plan your holiday giving, please consider one of the many ways to support CFC schools and programs with a donation. Every dollar makes a difference. These are just a few examples of how you can help.
  • Make an unrestricted donation on our website. Click here.
  • Support our monthly Calendar of Giving collection campaigns. Click here.
  • Honor someone special with the purchase of a CFC logo item. Click here for our on-line catalog.
  • Set a goal for the new year! Start your own personal fundraising campaign. Click here for ideas and how-to steps, or to support someone else's campaign.
Shop on-line for the holidays and earn money for CFC with iGive (click here) or AmazonSmile (click here). Select CFC as your charity of choice and start shopping!
CFC wishes you all a happy holiday season and a happy new year!
Upcoming Events
How will you spend CFC Day?
This year we enter our 12th year of caring on January 21, 2014! Supporters and friends around the world will share a day to celebrate our successes and raise awareness for our schools and programs. Show off your orange!
For a list of ideas on what to do in your own community, please click here.
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Singapore CFC Day Bunco ~ January 21, 2014
The Colonial Room, The American Club, Singapore
Celebrate CFC Day in Singapore with a fun afternoon of bunco! Funds raised will go directly to support extracurricular program resources for life skills, English and technology. For more information and to RSVP, please click here or contact us at

Georgia's Evening Bunco ~ January 23, 2014
White Columns Golf and Country Club, Alpharetta, Georgia
In celebration of CFC Day, join CFC COO Natalie Bastow and CFC supporters for a lively evening of bunco. More details to come. For questions, please contact us at

An Evening in Orange ~ February 21, 2014
Asian Resource Center, Austin, Texas
Please save the date for a fun-filled evening of art and wine in Austin! Stay tuned for more event information and ticket sales. For questions, please contact us at
CFC approved for association with the
United Nations Department of Public Information
We did it! In September, CFC was one of fifteen NGOs approved for association with the United Nations Department of Public Information (UN DPI). After a rigorous application process, CFC now joins a network of 1,602 NGOs working internationally to address issues of global concern. This prestigious designation by the UN DPI entitles CFC representatives to attend weekly briefings at the UN Headquarters in New York City, as well as the annual UN DPI/NGP conference. In turn, CFC is committed to sharing information about the work of the UN in areas related to CFC's priorities. 
This is an exciting new step for CFC, and you can look forward to hearing more about our participation with UN DPI in upcoming communications.
Singapore hosts 'An Evening in Orange'
On October 24th, Tamarind Hill in Singapore provided a beautiful setting for CFC's glamorous fall fundraiser, An Evening in Orange, which included a fashion show and live and silent auctions. The fashion show was coordinated by Justine Blakemen of AsiaAmour and Kate Lawes-Meier of Rouge, and culminated in an outstanding Orange Finale which featured daywear and evening wear in various shades of orange. A terrific spectacle!
Photography credits: Richard Ticehurst
Fundraising events like An Evening in Orange significantly augment our general funds and enable us to continue to build sustainability at our schools and throughout our valuable programs.
The live and silent auction prizes represented an enticing array of clothing, accessories, home furnishings, hotel stays and other travel packages. Special thanks to Julie Kyte for gathering such an impressive list of auction items, and to Shaun McEwan of Expat Auctions for facilitating the live auction. It was a winning combination - exciting new venue, beautiful fashion and many tempting prizes to be won!
Christy Machulski and Anne Wilhoit arranged a different avenue for people to donate directly to our students and schools. The new 'Vision In Orange" (at right) gave guests the chance to purchase CFC sunglasses with a photo of a CFC student. Each pair of glasses corresponded to a direct gift to one of CFC's specific funds.
Thank you to all who contributed to the evening's success. The orange celebration would not have been possible without the backing of an incredible team of donors, supporters and volunteers.
A fantastic evening and a fantastic event!
Austin Chapter hosts 'Book and Boots'
With leadership from long-time CFC supporter Hope Bartolotta, CFC's Austin chapter held a Texas-style fundraiser and book signing for CFC Founder Jamie Amelio's memoir, Graced with 
Orange, on November 7th. 

Heather Tworoger, owner of Two Saints Bakery and Cafe in Austin, opened her doors to CFC for the evening with catered appetizers and desserts including special books and boot cookies.  A local two-teacher band, The Detentions, donated their time and entertained Austin's CFC supporters while they shopped for boots that were supplied by Texas Outlaw Boots.
There was even a boot design specially made for CFC (modeled by everyone in the picture at left), and a portion of the evenings proceeds were donated to CFC. It was an evening to remember and a one-stop shopping for a Texas Christmas with a great book and new boots!
Thank you Two Saints Bakery and Cafe!
DC Chapter hosts book talk

Graciously hosted at the beautiful home of Susan Mars on December 13th, members of our DC chapter were fortunate to be present for a book talk and signing by New York Times best-selling author and Khmer Rouge survivor, Vaddey Ratner (at right). Ms. Ratner's debut novel, In the Shadow of the Banyan, tells the story of her childhood experience and the unbreakable bonds of family in the face of loss and suffering. Ms. Ratner and her mother were the only family members to escape Cambodia after four years of starvation and hard labor under the Khmer Rouge regime, arriving in rural Missouri in 1981.

Now living in Washington, DC, Ms. Ratner was introduced to CFC by long-time supporter and Cambodian cookbook author Narin Jameson (at left). At the December event, the audience enjoyed a pause from the hectic holiday schedules as Ms. Ratner shared her reflections on art, beauty, family and healing. All were treated to a delicious meal of Cambodian dishes prepared by Narin Jameson. Thanks to the generosity of hostess Susan Mars, copies of In the Shadow of the Banyan were available for purchase with all proceeds benefiting CFC.
Thank you to all for the memorable afternoon!
Reach new heights for CFC in 2014!
Are you ready for the adventure of a lifetime?
Join ardent CFC supporter Denise Palladino and her son, Dylan, as they set their sights on Mount Kilimanjaro, the world's highest free-standing mountain (elevation 5,895 meters) and one of the most famous summits in the world. Be part of CFC-Kilimanjaro Charity Challenge and participate in a once-in-a-lifetime trek to the summit while raising money for CFC. The Palladino's have set an impressive target of USD$100,000 for this challenge!
To allow sufficient time for the summit, tentative dates for the expedition are currently set for Summer 2014. 
Experience the thrill of a lifetime and
help CFC reach new heights!

If you, or someone you know, are interested in becoming part of the CFC Kilimanjaro team and would like more information, please email us at
The gift of giving

Recent contributions prove that CFC volunteer efforts come in all sizes and from all corners of the world! 
The 1980s made a comeback for CFC 
(Singapore)...Long-time supporters Carolyn Edds and Erin Isernhagen sponsored a magnificent 1980s-themed evening at the Dutch Club in Singapore on November 15th. The night transported guests back in time to the fabulous 1980s with a spirited high school prom theme. It was a big success and raised over SGD$7,000 in proceeds for CFC! Everyone embraced the chance to dust off their old prom dresses and tuxedos, and kick up their dancing heels in the name of charity! 
Thank you to Carolyn and Erin for thinking of creative ways to have a great time while raising awareness and funds for worthy causes!

Haunted Mansion for CFC (Singapore)...AJ Knox and his friends (at right) designed and ran a haunted house for two nights during Halloween celebrations in Singapore. Proceeds from entrance fees totaled SGD$600 and were generously donated to CFC.

Batik workshop (Singapore)...CFC Volunteer Coordinator Melissa Spiotta organized and led a batik craft workshop for thirty women. The event generated plenty of creative designs and an impressive SGD$1000 for CFC.

Fall festive dinner (New York, New York)...Long-time supporters Shashi and Cadambi Janardhan held a festive dinner party for friends in late October and raised USD$500 for CFC.

Flip-flops for CFC students (Philadelphia, PA)...
Thank you to Debbie, Al and Dani Amelio for their generous donation of seventy-nine brand new pairs of flip-flops for CFC students. 
Students helping students  

Thank you to all students near and far --
you are all making a difference!
Little Oaks Montessori Preschool (Singapore)... 
Thank you to the kindergarten students at Little Oaks Montessori for their hard work in collecting 350 toothbrushes during a one-week collection campaign in October. Well done everyone!
Singapore American School (Singapore)...
Industrious students in Jenny Redlin's fourth-grade class at the Singapore American School had the big task of sorting hygiene donations collected in the Primary and Intermediate Schools, and assembling hygiene kits. In total, the students assembled 1,351 separate kits each comprised of a comb, bar of soap, washcloth, toothpaste, and toothbrush. The hygiene kits were transported to Siem Reap over the Thanksgiving weekend by international teacher trainers and are to be distributed at school community gatherings. Great teamwork everyone!

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