Our CFC Chapters have been busy!
In this issue: Updates on events in Austin, Boston, San Francisco and Singapore!
Caring Connections
October 2018
 
 
Upcoming Events
Race to Better Education
Angkor Wat Half Marathon
December 2nd
Siem Reap, Cambodia
 
Headed to Siem Reap?
Click here for race info.
Support our team!
Click here to donate.
CFC's Giving Tree is back on November 1st!
Give a lasting gift this holiday season with a gift that supports a Cambodian child's education. Honor a teacher, neighbor, friend or family family with a gift of hope.
 
Our online catalog goes live on November 1st!
New England Chapter comes out strong in Boston
 
On a beautiful autumn day in late October, dedicated volunteers - new and old - dressed in orange shirts and gathered in Boston Common for the inaugural New England Chapter event. It was a day of friendship and team-building as supporters reconnected over coffee, walked the Common and Public Garden, and enjoyed a delicious Cambodian picnic afterwards. Thank you to all who attended, to Siviang Suos for cooking a delicious lunch, and to our dynamic organizers - Northeast Chapter Leader Bryan Morytko, Christy Machulski and Director of Development Lydia Breckon.
All ages, and even a dog, were in attendance!
Well done Team New England!
 
The team walked 3km in support of all CFC runners participating in the upcoming Race to Better Education/Angkor Wat Half-Marathon in Siem Reap on December 2nd. If you'd like to contribute to Team New England's efforts, make a donation to their campaign (click here)!
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Introducing our Northeast Chapter Leader...
Meet Bryan Morytko, CFC's newest Chapter Leader! Bryan became interested in Cambodia after visiting Siem Reap several times while living with his family in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He learned about CFC through his own research, and joined our team in early 2018. A former journalist and nonprofit professional, Bryan now lives in Connecticut with his wife, Tammi, COO of Norsk Titanium. Bryan and Tammi have three sons - one in graduate school, one a senior in college, and one a freshman in high school. In November, Bryan and his middle son will travel to Siem Reap to visit CFC's schools for the first time.
 
As Northeast Chapter Leader, Bryan organized this month's Boston Common Walk and will be working to arrange other events to bring CFC supporters together and help share CFC's story in the region. The Chapter already boasts 100 volunteers, and he is hoping to grow its reach! If you'd like to get involved, send Bryan an email (click here). 
Welcome to the team, Bryan!
San Francisco rolls out the orange carpet for CFC
On September 15th, CFC supporters donned their finest and brought their smiles and generous hearts to the JW Marriott in San Francisco for CFC's Charity Gala. Hosted by Edna Cooper and Marilyn Weber, this was CFC's second charity fundraiser in Bay Area, and the elegant evening proved to be another great success.
 
Guests enjoyed delicious food and were tempted by an array of incredible silent and live auction prizes. Many went home winners, and many demonstrated their support and generosity by raising their bidding paddles in support of the evenings Fund-A-Need.
 
Keynote presentations were made by CFC Founder and CEO Jamie Amelio, and CFC Youth Ambassador twelve-year old Mitch Reichenbach from Orinda (at right), who captured the adult audience's attention with his confident and passionate speech about his connection to CFC.
 
 
In addition to many Californians, the event brought together supporters from as far away as Singapore, Florida, Georgia, Illinois and Texas. The audience also included many who were new to CFC's cause, and it is clear that the Northern California Chapter's commitment to CFC is solid.
 
 
 
If you are interested in viewing photographs taken at the event, please click here to access CFC's SmugMug account. Download for free, and purchase directly from SmugMug. Enjoy the memories!
 
Special thanks are due to photographer Ann Murphy and her team, to all those who donated auction prizes and in-kind donations, and, of course, to remarkable co-chairs Edna Cooper and Marilyn Weber and their tireless team of volunteers.
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CFC would like to recognize the generous support of our sponsors and benefactors.
Platinum Sponsors - K H Koo Charitable Foundation; Hong & Tinara Choing; Louis Lehot & the Partners at DLA Piper; Kate Murphy
Gold Sponsors - Tom & Kate McCabe
Silver Sponsors - Bill & Jamie Amelio; Geoffrey & Sokunthea Fite
Bronze Sponsors - Peter & Hope Bartolotta; John & Edna Cooper
Benefactors - Timothy & Nancy Brown; Savy Buoy; Stephen & Suellen Carson; Scott & Valerie Corvin; Bob Ellis; Dell & Sandi Hutchinson; Mike O'Neill & Carrie Rubin; Michael & Kristen Olosky; Marilyn Weber
2018 Chairman's Award 
We are so very pleased to announce Deeann Gallo as the recipient of the 2018 Chairman's Award for exemplary volunteer service. Deeann (Dee) was presented with the award by CFC Founder and CEO Jamie Amelio at the San Francisco Charity Gala in September. She is pictured at the Gala with her husband, Juan.
 
Dee first became involved in CFC in 2003 when she attended one of the first ‘backpack parties’ where groups gathered to fill backpacks with school supplies and uniforms for CFC students. Her love for the organization grew as she took on the job of coordinating and running CFC’s first ‘Make a Difference’ service trip as well as advising CFC in the human resources area. After leaving Singapore in 2007, Dee and her family moved to Buenos Aires where she focused her energies on local charity work. In 2012, Dee and her husband moved to Florida to be closer to their two sons, and she returned to help CFC.
 
She has served as Human Resources Director since 2013. In this role, she is responsible for hiring the Management Team in the US, Singapore and Cambodia, overseeing the recruitment of the support team in Siem Reap, and defining CFC’s succession plan. She also monitors the salary structure, salary increases and bonus plan, drawing on market research in Cambodia, the US and Singapore. Dee is instrumental in helping to develop key CFC initiatives, as well as policies and procedures for the Siem Reap team. Dee often remarks that "seeing the amazing growth that has occurred since the inception of CFC keeps me motivated to continue giving back to this incredible cause!"
 
When presenting the Chairman Award to Dee, Jamie Amelio said the following:
"Dee has been instrumental in CFC’s success, giving of herself so generously and embodying our 'staying bothered' movement. In her role as Human Resources Director, she has taken us to a new level of professionalism with our global teams. It is an honor to present this year's Chairman Award to someone I truly admire."
 
Congratulations and heartfelt thanks to you, Dee, on this well deserved recognition!
Austin's generosity celebrates 15 years of caring
On September 23rd, guests gathered at the Austin JW Marriott in celebration of CFC's 15th Anniversary for a luncheon held overlooking the buildings of downtown Austin. Mimosas floated around the room, men donned their finest shoes (for some, this meant cowboy boots!), and the photo booth flashed with grinning attendees. 
The lively and stylish event featured local newscaster Jenni Lee (KVUE) as emcee who interviewed CFC Founder and CEO Jamie Amelio on the history of CFC and latest developments at CFC schools.
 
 
 
 
Singapore friends from around the country reunited in Austin demonstrating that CFC support and special friendships are stronger than ever!
 
And when Jamie Amelio asked the crowd, “Who can donate the funds needed to educate a child for a year?”, guests immediately raised their bidding paddles in generous support of Cambodian students. Money was raised to build new bathrooms and playgrounds at our schools among other projects.
 
 
 
What a beautiful day for CFC! Thank you all for being part of the celebration!
 
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~ Special thanks to our business event sponsors ~
     
General Meeting kicks off new school year in Singapore
In late September, Singapore Operations Manager Renee France and the Singapore team hosted the annual General Meeting and Volunteer Fair. The event kicked off a new school year of volunteer activities, welcomed back returning volunteers after their summer holidays, and introduced new volunteers to CFC. It was a great morning sharing CFC's story, the work being done by our teams in Siem Reap, and the many ways in which volunteers can help.
We're excited for a great and busy year ahead!
Calling all tween, teens and millenial supporters!
Opportunities for our youth team to get involved and take initiative for projects, fundraising or awareness campaigns continue to grow. We would love to hear from you and add you to the team! Let's connect and work together to make a difference!
 
Were you involved with CFC in high school and now want to reconnect?
Do you have friends at university or work who might be interested in helping CFC?
Have you moved to a new school and want to initiate a project or CFC Club?
Parents - please pass on to your children. There is so much they can do!
 
 
 
Our Youth Ambassador, Kelly Procida, will help you get connected to peers who live in your area and around the globe. Send an email today (click here).
Students helping students
Thank you to all school communities near and far -- 
you are all making a difference!
 
University of Windsor (Ontario, Canada)...
The CFC Club at the University of Windsor in Windsor, Ontario raised an impressive $7000 CND to support our schools. Co-Presidents Denise Mirza and Serena Ly (at right) had the opportunity to meet with University of Windsor alum and COO Natalie Bastow in person and presented her with the funds.They discussed opportunities for the club members to visit our schools and see their contribution in action.
                    
We are grateful for such an amazing donation!
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Singapore American School (Singapore)...
Students in the elementary school CFC club at Singapore American School (SAS) met to make donation boxes for their “trick or tooth drive”. In addition, they wrote speeches to share with their respective classrooms to encourage students to donate toothbrushes for hygiene kits. There was much excitement from everyone as they practiced their speeches and realized that they can help others.
Great job kids!
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Libertyville High School (Libertyville, Illinois)...
We continue to be amazed by the energy and support of Libertyville High School (LHS). In September, students took advantage of a blue sky day and held a car wash to raise funds to support their school's next service trip to Siem Reap (Summer 2019). They also gathered a record crowd to volunteer at a packing party with CFC's partner Feed My Starving Children.
Well done Libertyville - keep up the great work!
      
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Brown University (Providence, Rhode Island)...
Thank you to Felicity Wang, a student at Brown University, who spent the summer working as an intern with CFC's Director of Development Lydia Breckon. "During my short time with CFC, I've learned so much. I truly enjoyed being a small part of such a transformative organization."
We appreciate your contributions, Felicity!
The Gift of Giving
Recent contributions prove that CFC volunteer efforts come in all sizes
and from all corners of the world! Thank you!
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Eagle Scout project benefits CFC (Virginia)...
Eagle Scout Zackiri Kith is a robotics enthusiast who first learned about CFC when he met CFC students who were competing as Team Cambodia at the FIRST Global Robotics Competition in Washington DC last July. That connection inspired Zackiri to do more, and for his Eagle Scout project, is coordinated a very successful collection campaign for hygiene supplies. He is pictured (at left) with a fellow scout manning their donation table.
Thank you Zackiri!
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Fitness and philantrophy - a winning combination (Singapore)...
For the second year in a row, F45 Studio in Singapore sponsored a training session for some of CFC's fittest supporters! Neighboring Sarnies Cafe gave free coffees for every participant, and all proceeds from the event were donated to CFC. The group's  athleticism raised $1300 for CFC!
Great workout everyone!
 
 
Join a CFC Chapter! There's a lot going on!
We have a vibrant and growing chapter network around the globe, and perhaps even in your own area. Join us today; we would love your help to 'share the orange' with your communities! Contact our National Programs Coordinator Carolyn Viens (click here) to learn more about opportunities in these regions:
Singapore                           California                Midwest/Chicago                Northeast/New England     Texas                      Washington, DC
 
 

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