We were all devastated to learn about the earthquake that struck Nepal in April. The national disaster echoed other recent tragedies that were close to us, bringing to mind the catastrophic earthquakes of Japan and China. So last month, Privy threw another one of its cocktail fundraisers, Drinks ‘n’ Chatter (DnC), at Ebanos Crossing in Downtown LA to help raise money for International Medical Corps (IMC), to fund their mobile medical units on the ground in Nepal.
This DnC edition for Nepal garnered $5000, and the event was the perfect end to Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month. The proceeds will go towards IMC's mobile medical units that provide emergency care and vital relief supplies, including medicine, hygiene kits, shelter materials, blankets and water purification supplies.
Alongside Privy, the following organizations participated in the event: Asian Inter-Ivy Forum, Association of Asian American Yale Alumni (AAAYA), Asian Physicians Network (APN), Asian Professional Exchange (APEX), Bear Bear Cafe, Cornell Asian Alumni Association, Destination Luxury, Korean American Health Professionals, Korean Professionals Network, Network of Korean American Leaders (NetKAL), Project by Project (PbP), Taiwanese American Professionals (TAP-LA) and VS Nightlife.
The host committee included Stephen Liu, Linda Kim, James Kyson, Nikki Soohoo, Eriko Lee Katayama, Jenny Wu, Xiayi Shirley Zhang, Deron Quon, Kim Huynh, Stephany Chen, Mary Chen, Wayne Chang, Eric Young, Melissa Kay, Hogan Lee, OIivia Tai, Carol Yeh, Howard Chiao, Grady Ha, Yulree Chun, Franklin Tzeng, Bryan Kim, Joe Chang, Cathy Hong, Sam Nam, William Tzeng, Steven Chung, Annie Lee and David Christopher Lee.
On-site at Ebonos Crossing, staff from International Medical Corps were on hand to answer questions. Rebecca Milner, the Vice President of Institutional Advancement at IMC said that the brave men and women of International Medical Corps are known to be first responders when disasters strike, and they also stay far after the crisis and after the media attention fades.
Even before Drinks ‘n’ Chatter for Nepal, International Medical Corps had, within 48 hours of the Nepal earthquake, deployed mobile medical units to the affected areas. One month later, they were able to provide 3,797 primary health care consultations, support two hospitals with surgical capacity and postoperative care, bring healthcare to 21 remote villages, mobilize medicine and medical supplies to provide care for 30,000 people for three months, provide psychological first aid training to over 270 medical first responders and teachers to help survivors cope with trauma, reach 2,443 people with hygiene education and construct 300 temporary latrines and 59 handwashing stations to help prevent the spread of communicable diseases. No doubt an additional $5000 to their cause will be priceless to their mission.
Over 400 conscientious-minded attendees came to May 28’s DnC to give their support. Drinks ‘n’ Chatter events give Privy members the opportunity to relax after work, meet new friends and support the Nepal earthquake humanitarian response.
Thank yous and words of encouragement were offered by celebrity co-hosts James Kyson (Heroes, Daybreak), Nikki Soohoo (Chalk It Up, Fearless), Eriko Lee Katayama (Miss Asia 2015) and Jenny Wu (The Amazing Race).
Privy believes in raising awareness and rallying support for issues important to our members and our community: we are successful, professional individuals who want to use our resources to affect positive change in the world. Our hope is that by leveraging our collective resources we can make a difference in our communities. #togetherwecanmakeadifference
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