Ong Family Foundation Gives Early Christmas Gift to Local Community Children!

In its 34th season and with an all new show called “Dream Big!” the world’s greatest circus artists entertained and brought joy to Asian children and families who came from all across New York City.

The Ong Family Foundation, along with co-hosts the Asian American Federation (AAF) and the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families (CACF), sponsored a night of magical moments, soaring imaginations and a celebration of wonder at the Big Apple Circus for disadvantaged Asian children living in the New York City area who have never attended a circus or whose families cannot afford to bring them.

Nelson Louis, Executive Officer of the Ong Family Foundation
From left: AAF Donor Relations Director, Michelle Tong; AAF Board Director, Richard Hsia; Nelson Louis; AAF Board Director, Grace Lyu Volckhausen; AAF Board Chairperson, George Wang; and AAF Board Secretary, Muzaffar Chishti

On Thursday, November 17, Nelson Louis, Executive Officer of the Foundation, took center ring and welcomed 1,600 guests to a fun-filled evening under the big top for the circus’ Dream Big production.  Mr. Louis said, “I hope the circus will bring laughter and amusement to some immigrant families and children in our neighborhood.  I just wanted to give them an early present during this holiday season.”

1,600 tickets were distributed to local Asian nonprofit clientele including:  APEX, Chinatown Manpower Project, Chinatown YMCA, Chinese-American Planning Council (Manhattan & Queens), Chinese Methodist Center Corporation, Garden of Hope, General Human Services Organization, Hamilton-Madison House, Immigrant Social Services, Korean American Family Service Center, New York Asian Women's Center, Sakhi for South Asian Women, South Asian Youth Action, and The Transfiguration School's Kindergarten class.

Both the Federation and CACF were happy to help support this community event and were pleased with the full-house turnout.  Federation Board Director, Grace Lyu Volckhausen commented, “I believe performing arts stimulate imaginations and the creativity of all children. The circus can open a door of creativity and other ideas for them.”

The Ong Family Foundation, a private foundation established in 1997, has a broad range of philanthropic interests. The Foundation principally seeks to fund programs that are comprehensive, community-based and preventive in nature. 

PHOTOS by Nick Coleman