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OCA CHAPTERS CONTINUE TO RESPOND TO NATURAL DISASTERS IN ASIA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
23 June 2008

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Hope Chu | Senior Communications Manager
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OCA chapters and members across the country raise funds and support for survivors

WASHINGTON DC—OCA, a national organization with over 80 chapters and college affiliates across the country dedicated to advancing the social, political and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans, todaycommended chapters and members for their raise aid for survivors of the cyclone in Burma/Myanmar and earthquake in China. Over ZZZ chapters organized or participated in activities, and many have plans to continue raising funds to support ongoing relief efforts.

"Our chapters and members exemplified OCA’s mission in their quick and compassionate response to the devastation, and we want to acknowledge their generous spirit,” said Ginny Gong, OCA National President, "This year OCA celebrates its 35th anniversary, and with the leadership and commitment shown by OCA’s membership in the face of these disasters, I have no doubt that OCA will continue to advocate and act for the well-being of people around the world for the next 35 years and beyond.”

Below is a sample of OCA chapter activities and events in support of disaster victims:

OCA-CENTRAL VIRGINIA held a fundraising drive and will donate all funds to the Tzu Chi Foundation, Mercy Corps, and the Half the Sky Foundation.

OCA-COLUMBUS called on all members to help the victims of both the earthquake in China and the cyclone in Burma/Myanmar. The chapter provided donation information from the American Red Cross and worked with other community organizations to highlight the needs to the broader community. The chapter was presented with a certificate from the Red Cross for their efforts. 

OCA-DETROIT initiated the China Earthquake Fund Project with great participation from our membership and friends of our association. The campaign lasted one month from May 17 to June 17 and raised over $10,000 for Red Cross relief efforts.

OCA-EAST TENNESSEE organized a fundraising drive and candlelight vigil to support the Sichuan earthquake victims. The chapter raised over $23,000, which was donated to the Red Cross, and was featured in an article about the vigil: http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2008/may/25/vigil-focuses-on-chinese-victims/.

OCA-EASTERN VIRGINIA collected more than $7,000 from community organizations and from individual members. OCA-EVC and other Asian organizations collected donations at the Asian Fest in Norfolk, Virginia, and worked with the OCA Youth Club and Tidewater Chinese School in a China Earthquake Relief Fund carwash on June 8. The events raised over $1,000. The donations were sent to the American Red Cross.

OCA-FAIRFIELD COUNTY established a Sichuan Earthquake Disaster Relief Fund to contribute to school rebuilding in Sichuan province. OCA-FC raised over $3,000 at their annual picnic and is continuing its fundraising efforts. The chapter is also encouraging local employers to match donations.

OCA-GEORGIA partnered with the Association of Chinese Professionals to hold two fundraiser performances of the Chinese musical "The Third Liu Sister” (Liu Sanjie) on June 14. All proceeds and donations from the shows went to the Red Cross.

OCA-GREATER CLEVELAND has taken an active role in making their community aware of the earthquake in China, working with local TV news and the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The chapter also worked with local Chinese organizations and the City of Cleveland to raise $150,000 through events such as the chapter’s Gala Fundraising dinner on June 7 and other events to support earthquake victims.

OCA-GREATER SACRAMENTO collected $1,500 in donations for the earthquake victims in China at their Annual Dragon Boat Celebration on May 17. The event included a silent auction and raffle, and donations were matched by Merrill Lynch. In addition, OCA attended the Sacramento Chinese Indochina Friendship Association’s fundraising dinner, another successful event held by the APA community.

OCA-GREATER WASHINGTON DC is co-sponsoring a fundraising reception featuring cultural performances and an auction to support school rebuilding in the earthquake-affected area in China this Thursday from 6 pm-10 pm. More information at www.thechinasociety.org.

OCA-HAWAII helped the Myanmar Association of Hawaii hold a fundraising event on June 3, 2008 in Honolulu. The event was attended by about 500 people and featured food by celebrity chefs and a bazaar and silent auction. They raised over $90,000 which will support groups on the ground in Burma/Myanmar and Chinasuch as the Tzu Chi Foundation, Aloha Medical Mission, and Save the Children.

OCA-NEW JERSEY asked members and friends to donate through emails, flyers and a special request at their APA Heritage Month Scholarship Luncheon on June 1. As of June 16, OCA-New Jersey received $6,230 in donations, not including donations made directly to aid agencies. The donations will be sent to the Red Cross.

OCA-SAN MATEO reached out to members and local businesses to ask for donations with a press release. Donations were sent to the American Red Cross, the Sing Tao Sichuan Earthquake Relief Fund, the Chinese Community Service Center, and the Tzu Chi Foundation. The chapter will also hold a fundraising mixer on June 25, 2008. More information online at http://www.ocasanmateo.org/.

OCA-PITTSBURGH cosponsored a China Earthquake Relief Fund with the Three Rivers Families with Children from China. At press time the chapter raised over $23,000, most of which has been sent to the the Half the Sky Foundation, with matching funds from Ford Motor Company. Daily field reports can be found online athttp://www.globalgiving.com/pr/2100/proj2086d.html?RF=progrept2086#progressReports.

OCA-WESTCHESTER/HUDSON VALLEY established the OCA-WHV Earthquake Relief Fund to support survivors of both the earthquake in China and the cyclone in Burma/Myanmar.

OCA-UTAH, along with 16 other organizations, responded to the needs of earthquake victims in China with a fundraising event, raising more than $50,000. Donations were made to the Red Cross. The chapter was also heartened by support from the local Tibetan and religious communities.

Founded in 1973 as the Organization of Chinese Americans, OCA is a national organization dedicated to the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans in the United States.

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