From Grief Comes Joy to Thousands of Children in Colorado and Around the World
Nathan Yip Foundation Celebrates its 11th Year on Saturday, February 2, 2013
By Denise Gliwa
It was 11 years ago that Jimmy and Linda Yip founded the Nathan Yip Foundation, named for their only son Nathan, who died in a tragic car accident. The Yips with a team of volunteers and friends work tirelessly through the foundation to provide educational access, empowerment and ongoing support to vulnerable youth throughout the world.
The Nathan Yip Foundation has built eight schools and supports two orphanages in China; provides year-round support for an orphanage and dormitory in Mexico, has done work in Africa and supports numerous organizations in Denver including Colorado Heritage Camps, Colorado Uplift’s My Book Foundation, Asian Pacific Development Center and Escuela De Guadalupe.
“Finding projects in Nathan’s backyard is important to us right now,” says Jimmy Yip. “That’s why over the last few years we’ve used our Chinese New Year ‘Red Envelope’ sales to raise funds for educational projects and services in Colorado.”
New Nathan Yip Foundation Projects for 2013
This year “Red Envelope” sales will benefit The Denver Center for International Studies, a Denver Public School that prepares students for college by developing multilingual, inter-culturally competent citizens who are actively involved in our rapidly changing world.
Serving students from sixth grade through high school, the school offers an international curriculum with language classes ranging from Chinese, Korean, Lakota and Japanese to French, Italian and Spanish. The students are also encouraged to travel and study internationally as part of their education. The Nathan Yip Foundation’s grant to DCIS hopes to provide resources for students unable to afford the international travel educational component.
Also for 2013, the Foundation will support Shining Hope for Communities by funding an additional classroom at Africa’s first-ever tuition-free school for girls in the country’s largest slum of Kibera in Nairobi.
Founded by Denver native, Jessica Posner and Kenyan Kennedy Odede, Shining Hope, Jessica and Kennedy were recently lauded by Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times, “It’s staggering what she and Kennedy have created. The Kibera School for Girls now has 64 students in pre-kindergarten through second grade, adding one grade a year. The school looks like a good American school, and classes are taught in English. Even though English is a second or third language for these children, 82 percent perform at American grade level — and these kids are ravenous to learn.”
The Nathan Yip Foundation is proud to help them provide a new classroom for children at the kindergarten level.
11th Annual Nathan Yip Foundation Chinese New Year Celebration
You can help to make a difference in the lives of children in Colorado and around the world by joining Linda and Jimmy Yip on Saturday, February 2 for the 11th Annual Chinese New Year Celebration. The dinner gala, which will begin at 5 p.m., will be held at the Marriott Denver Tech Center, 4900 South Syracuse Street.
Highlighting the event will be a “Celebration of Children,” a first-ever visit with some of the many children supported by the Nathan Yip Foundation.
Guests will be treated to traditional Chinese New Year fare, including the “good luck” salmon salad and entertained by the magnificent Shaolin Hung Mei Traditional Chinese Lion Dancers and special performance by the award-winning dance group, Machinez Ramainz.
Silent and live auctions will round out the evening’s events.
Patron Tickets Matched for 2013 by Anonymous Donor
For the 2013 event, an anonymous donor will match, dollar for dollar, the additional cost above a regular ticket for each Patron ticket sold.
Individual tickets at $195 and Patron Tickets are $350 and include event ticket and sponsorship of a child at one of the Nathan Yip Foundation schools for one year.
For more information or to purchase tickets please call 303-817-8400 or visit the website at nathanyipfoundation.org.