The UPAA-MB, Inc. had a successful fundraising event last June 29, 2013 at Applebee’s Grant Park, from 8am to 10am. Organized by the Fundraising Committee, the event was attended by members, families, friends, and supporters.
A total of 16 door prizes were given away to the attendees and a 50/50 raffle was drawn towards the end of the event. Also, a small booth was set up for University of the Philippines-related merchandise available for purchase. The fundraiser also became a good venue to introduce the organization especially to its guests and non-members as an overview of what the organization does has been presented throughout the course of the 2-hour breakfast program.
The proceeds of the fundraiser breakfast will go to the organization’s Bursary and Operating Funds. The Bursary Fund is an annual grant awarded to a first year Manitoba student of Filipino descent who has demonstrated strong inclination to pursue post-secondary education. This is the third year that this scholarship will be awarded. For the first two years, UPAA-MB, Inc. has been graciously assisted by UM-Sigaw, a Filipino student organization based in University of Manitoba. The Bursary Fund reflects the importance that the organization places on higher learning while also presenting support for the Filipino-Manitoba community. The Operating Funds will be used to pursue projects that reflect the organization’s goal of serving the Manitoba community such as participation to the Foreign Trained Immigrants Information Session, sponsoring families through the Christmas Cheerboard, among others. Through the UPAA-MB Inc.’s Operating Funds, the group can continue doing similar projects in the future.
UPAA-MB, Inc. would like to extend its gratitude to Applebee’s Grant Park for the use of their location; Pilipino Express, CKJS and Winnipeg Free Press for their assistance in promoting the event. The organization would also like to extend its sincere gratitude to member-volunteers and to the following donors: Dennis Flores; Arianne Solis of Der Pinsel photography | lifestyle | film; Edwin Yazon; YMCA-YWCA of Winnipeg; Pong and Anna Maniquiz; Wawanesa Life Insurance; Lourdes Casañares of Sweet Inspirations; Filipino Journal; the UPAA-MB Inc., Healthy Isko Executive Council; Assiniboine Credit Union, Royal Canadian Mint; and Divine and Mark Manansala.