NEW YORK (Sept. 6, 2013) BUSINESS WIRE) — Princeton in Asia hosted its 115th Anniversary Gala on September 10th 2013, at 7 at Avenues, the World School of New York.
The Gala raised funds to support its mission of sending over 160 graduates from over 60 U.S. colleges, including Princeton University, on paid one and two year fellowships. China, Myanmar, Indonesia, Japan, and Kazahkstan are just a few of the 21 countries where Princeton in Asia’s fellows work.
“Princeton in Asia is a once in a lifetime opportunity that promotes the cross-cultural understanding so needed today,” said trustee Margaret Cannella, co-chair of the Gala, who participated in Princeton in Asia in Japan in 1973.
Princeton in Asia fellows serve in 50 cities throughout Asia in the fields of education, business, journalism and international development.
The evening included the premiere of a short documentary film relating stories and experiences from Princeton in Asia fellows past and present, to celebrate the organization’s 115 years of service in Asia. A silent auction was gaveled by none other than Jennifer Wright, a charity auctioneer at Christie’s.
The Princeton in Asia gala was emceed by Richard Berry, Chairman of the Princeton in Asia board of trustees and director at Deloitte Consulting, who will introduce Princeton in Asia’s new executive director, Maggie Dillon.
While Princeton in Asia has a rich history and association with Princeton, it is an independent 501(c)3 not-for-profit that is not funded by Princeton University. Funds raised from the Gala will help Princeton in Asia further its mission of building cultural bridges between East and West by serving the needs of its partner communities in Asia and supporting the service of Princeton in Asia fellows.
Fellows are matched with host organizations through a rigorous selection process and are provided with an intensive cultural orientation and teacher training, a comprehensive health and safety network and in-field support.
More than 250 Princeton in Asia fellows attended, past and present, parents, trustees and friends, including His Excellency and Mrs. Kazuyoshi Umemoto, ambassador from Japan to the UN.
For more information about Princeton in Asia please visit www.princeton.edu/~Princeton in Asia.