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April 23, 2013 > Breaking boards for breakthroughs

Breaking boards for breakthroughs

Submitted By Peggy Su

On April 13, 2013, Choi's Martial Arts hosted its 15th annual Break-a-thon fundraiser benefiting Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland. Over a hundred young martial artists gathered at Centerville Junior High School to break 800 boards. Together, the Tae Kwon Do students collected over $10,000 in donations for their charity. 100% proceeds will be directed to life-saving pediatric research.

Grand Master Alexander E.J. Choi is committed to teaching his students to use their mind, body, and spirit daily in all aspects of their lives and to continually give back to the community through this annual fundraiser and participating in local community events.

The children received moral support from their guest of honor, a representative from Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute, and local VIP guests including Mr. Rajnesh Prasad, Mayor Bill Harrison, FUSD School Superintendent Dr. James Morris, Board of Education Members Mrs. Lara York and Mrs. Lily Mei.

Local corporate sponsors, such as The Hillman's Cloverleaf Family Bowl and Bay Aerials Gymnastics, donated gift certificates to the highest fundraising students: Aleena Mehdi, Marcos Jung, Vinay Sudharsanam, Lawrence Yaep, Amit Kannan, and Darren Kuboyama. Other local corporate sponsors included Kumon-Fremont North @ Thornton Avenue, Best in Class Education Center, Fridaze, Aloki Inc., Aximsoft, and Altaflex. Aximsoft donated on behalf of the Aarna and Aanya Foundation for TTTS (Twin-to-Twin Syndrome) in honor of twin babies lost by parents of one of the martial arts students.

The event was heavily supported by parent volunteers: Peggy Su, Stacey Hall, Fen Dai, Michael Raviotta, Heather Merrell, and Hua Su.

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