City - State University of New York (SUNY) today announced several gifts to support the SUNY China 150
Fund. SUNY China 150 provides scholarships for students from Sichuan Province, who were affected by the massive earthquake earlier this year, and is the
first element of a larger initiative to create and deepen partnerships with
Chinese universities and organizations.
Association of Chinese American Physicians (ACAP), through a series of
fundraisers with the Asian American Bar Association of NY, raised and has
contributed $105,000 to support scholarships for these students, and worked in
conjunction with the North Shore – LIJ Health System to raise another $20,000.
The Chinese American Planning Council (CPC) added a cash donation of
$22,000 and solicited in-kind donations of $42,500 from Hip Hop USA and Red Packet Mobile. Together with an earlier gift from The Related Companies
of $120,000, this brings the total contributed to the SUNY China 150 Fund to
more than $309,500.
Chancellor Nicholas Rostow, Director of the SUNY China 150 program, said “SUNY
is most appreciative of the support of the New York community for this
important program. The Chinese American community, in particular, has welcomed
these students and made them feel at home, after many have lost their homes in
this terrible tragedy. The program has also generated incredible good will in China, which will reap great benefits for SUNY and the State of New York.”
Prime Minister Wen Jiabao said, in a recent speech at the Waldorf Astoria in New York, “Thanks to the efforts of the US government and people in various sectors, 150
students from the earthquake-hit areas are now studying at the State University
of New York. I am convinced that when they return to China after finishing their studies, they will be able to better help the re-building of
their homeland and will surely join in the endeavor to promote China-US
Eng, Vice-President of the Association of Chinese-American Physicians said “Our
membership donated generously to a fund to be used for earthquake relief. When
we learned what SUNY was doing, and met some of these wonderful students, we
were convinced that supporting this effort would be a tremendous way to help
rebuild Sichuan Province through education. The ethnic professional societies
(AABANY), and fellow healthcare colleagues (North Shore-Long Island Jewish
Health System, Queens County Medical Society) agreed, and we are pleased they
joined with us in this humanitarian effort and we applaud SUNY for their vision.”
Chairperson of the Board of the Chinese American Planning Council, echoed these
thoughts. “We had a chance to meet 25 of these students at a fund-raising dinner
we held in Queens. They are the promise of a bright future between New York and China. We are happy to help SUNY in its mission, and the students as they
rebuild their lives”.
information about the SUNY China 150 project is available at the web-site www.sunychina150.org.
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