Clairbourn Alumni Richard and Eric Dong Honored with Young Philanthropist Award

Published : Tuesday, November 13, 2018 | 1:11 PM

Richard and Eric Dong with their parents Charity and Ed

A group picture of all the honorees who have shown excellence in philanthropy and dedication to nonprofit work

Richard (Class of 2014) and Eric Dong (Class of 2016) were presented a prestigious Outstanding Young Philanthropist Award on November 7, 2018 for their contributions to the Union Station Homeless Services. The event took place at the National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon hosted by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Los Angeles Chapter.

Richard and Eric started volunteering at the homeless shelter by teaching piano to the children at the shelter on a weekly basis. They fundraised with family and friends to support the programs at the shelter. Their generosity did not stop there. Richard and Eric Dong decided to establish an endowment fund to provide scholarships for children in sports, music and the arts, leadership and human rights, to purchase books for the homeless family library, to fund staff appreciation and recognition, and to finance Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights educational program at Union Station.

Richard and Eric Dong believe there is no age limit when it comes to philanthropy, education and leadership, which are essential to a great country like America. President John F. Kennedy’s exhortation, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country” serves as a profound inspiration for them.

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