Educational Foundation Makes Its Mark

Posing at the dinner were, from left: MJ Mei, president of Omega Steel Crop, a platinum sponsor; David Pei, president of United Med-Health USA, a gold sponsor; unidentified; Sunny Chiu, principal of F&T Group, an honorary advisor of the foundation; Elizabeth Chen, chairwoman of the foundation; unidentified; and foundation Executive Vice Chairman Peter Wu and his wife Diana Wu. (Contributed photos)

There are few better golf courses in the region to hold a fundraiser than the Glen Oaks Country Club in Old Westbury.

Earlier this fall, the links hosted the inaugural Education Charity Cup Golf Outing, organized by the International Education & Charity Foundation, Chinese General Chamber of Commerce, and the China-Europe International Business School Alumni USA.

Elizabeth Chen of Manhasset is the founder and chair of both the foundation and the chamber, which are based in Great Neck. At the post-tournament dinner, she told the assembled:

This day was such a great success that I hope this can be a new tradition, and we can host this every year. Those of us in this room today can always say we were at the first one. Although we all had a great time today, playing golf, eating great food, mingling and drinking, we must remember that this is all for a wonderful cause that is very close to my heart. The money raised today, thanks to your immense generosity, will continue the foundation’s tradition of giving scholarships to very deserving students without the financial means to pay for the quality college education they deserve and have earned. We have helped hundreds of students pay for college, including such incredible universities such as Princeton University, Columbia University, Yale University, Cornell University, New York University, Boston University and other prestigious universities.

With her intent to “give back to the society and help others” Chen profusely thanked the sponsors and supporters and concluded, “Let us work together to create a beautiful and harmonious future.”

Taking part in the “smoke ball” opening ceremony before shotgun were, from left, Sunny Chiu (honorary advisor), Elizabeth Chen (chairwoman) and Mike Pau (one of the Gold level sponsors).

The outing raised $37,850 and the foundation also joined this year’s Champions for Charity event at American Manhasset, which will help to raise funds for the scholarship-giving in summer 2022.

Asked by Anton Media Group why she chose Glen Oaks, Chen replied, “Because this club is really famous and [will draw people].”

Added foundation Executive Vice Chairman MJ Mei, “If you ask people to donate money, you have to provide a nice [golf course]. That’s why we wanted to provide this opportunity, to give [donors] a chance to play here.”

The foundation aids low income students from across the metropolitan area. The next application period is from Feb. 1 to Feb. 28, 2022.

Those interested in applying for scholarships should visit www.iecfoundation.org. The website is now under construction, but eventually will be able to accept applications as well as donations.

All the participants gather for a group shot.

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