NEW YORK, May 31, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The New York-based Ascend Foundation hosted their inaugural charity golf tournament at the fairways of Manhattan Woods Golf Club at West Nyack. 19 teams from some of the largest Fortune 500 and other prominent professional services firms competed for the coveted prizes. The event's honorees, Andrew Y. Chin, Chief Risk Officer and Head of Quantitative Research, AB and Qingji Yang, Ph.D., Principal, EY, both received the Ascend Trailblazer Awards.
The event raised over $140,000 consisting of event sponsorships, registration fees, silent auction and raffles to further the mission of the Ascend Foundation. The nationally-recognized non-profit supports research to educate, advocate, and enable Pan-Asian business leaders to reach their full potential, and provides scholarships to honor students who demonstrate scholastic excellence, leadership, and commendable community service.
"It was simply amazing to work on this event with the incredible staff of Ascend Foundation, as well as over 30 dedicated and tireless steering committee members along with many volunteers," said Savio Chan, Chairman of the Golf Outing and best-selling author of China's Super Consumers. "I have chaired and participated in over 50 golf outings and none of them can match the positive and wholesome energy of this event!"
"Our two honorees Andrew Y. Chin and Qingji Yang, Ph.D., are both true trailblazers and role models in the business community. I hope more emerging and young Asian American leaders can emulate these two outstanding leaders and be inspired by their respective careers and charity work," said Jeff Chin, President of Ascend Foundation.
"It was our first Inaugural golf tournament and awards dinner, and I was grateful by the outpour of support from our leading sponsors, including my fellow partners from EY, RSM, Brigade Capital Management, AB, ABB, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Piedmont Fund Services, Deloitte, Grant Thornton, PGA Tour and East West Bank," said Hee Lee, Co-Founder of Ascend and Chair of the Ascend Golf Outing Steering Committee. "It has been amazing to see Ascend grow and become the largest, non-profit Pan-Asian membership organization in North America dedicated to cultivating Pan‑Asian talent and promoting professional development. Tournaments like this help Ascend tell our Pan-Asian story, and more importantly, they help propel and support our mission of strengthening the collective voice of Pan-Asian communities."
The hole-in-one prize, a brand-new Mercedes-Benz convertible sponsored by Mercedes Benz of Manhattan, and the display of the prestigious Presidents Cup of PGA added another level of excitement to the already sold-out tournament. The proceeds of over $140,000 will be utilized to support the Foundation's mission of advocacy, thought leadership, education and scholarships.
About Ascend Foundation and Ascend
Ascend Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to educate, advocate, and enable Pan-Asian business leaders to reach their full potential and provide scholarships to honor students who demonstrate scholastic excellence, leadership, and commendable community service. Through its research and thought leadership activities, the Foundation's goal is to help Pan-Asian leaders make greater impacts in business.
Ascend is the largest, non-profit Pan-Asian membership organization for business professionals in North America. Established in 2005, Ascend, a career lifecycle organization, reaches 60,000+ senior executives, professionals, and MBA/undergraduate students involved in its 50+ chapters in the United States and Canada. Visit http://www.ascendleadership.org for more information.
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