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March 13, 2012 > Leo Club banquet supports Doctors Without Borders

Leo Club banquet supports Doctors Without Borders

Submitted By Katie Mei

The Bay Area Leo Club, a youth branch of the Lions Club International dedicated to their mission of youth serving their communities to make our world a better place, held its first annual banquet fundraiser in Milpitas on February 26.

The fundraiser, sponsored by Prudential, was Bay Area Leo Club's largest event to date, with over 150 guests representing 42 charter members, fellow Lions, friends, family and community dignitaries.

This new group was honored to have in attendance the leadership of their Lion organization's sponsor, San Mateo Metro Lions Club including Charter President Cindy Zheng, current President Jennifer Chen, District 4-C4 Governor, Esther Lee and First District Governor, Bob Wilson. Other supportive local dignitaries included former Vice Mayor of Fremont Steve Cho, Fremont Unified Superintendent James Morris and School Board President, Lily Mei. Their support and that of club advisors, Shelley Wu and James Liu, helped make this event a terrific success.

During this gala, a highlight of the evening was the Charter Ceremony hosted by Lions District 4-C4 Governor, Esther Lee. Guests were treated to the diverse talents of many performers including: Stella Han, sharing her beautiful violin music; Mei Tan and You Kuang Tai, whom delighted all with their Chinese opera songs; and the amazing skills of martial acrobatics, by the Legend Kung Fu Academy.

Dustin Chiang, 2012 Bay Area Leo Club President shared his appreciation and how he was impressed by the organization and hard work of the students. "I thank my fellow young citizens for their dedication to demonstrate the difference a youth movement in our community can create, I'm so proud that we were able to provide Doctors without Borders a generous donation of $770 to continue to share their much needed services."

The Bay Area Leo Club is delighted to work with an organization like Lions so deeply rooted in the values of community and good merit. Since BALC first began forming in November of 2011 they have also shared their joy by caroling during the holiday season. They are honored to join the efforts of other Leo clubs and service organizations to work on community service and spreading the gift of giving to the rest of humanity.

In 2012 the Bay Area Leo Club will continue to strive to reach out to their community to demonstrate Leadership, share their Experiences and embrace Opportunities to serve.

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