CCSF reaches equipment fundraising goal

(This is an excerpt of the press release from Friends of Educational Opportunities in Chinatown)

Friends of Educational Opportunities in Chinatown announced today the final number of donations for the fundraising campaign to help City College of San Francisco complete the construction and prepare for the college’s opening at the Chinatown branch this year.

The total amount to-date raised is $457,679 and exceeds the original $400,000 goal and was raised through eight weeks of hard work from community members, including City College students and faculty, who volunteered their time and efforts. Volunteers spent two weekends on the streets in Chinatown and the Richmond District. There was also a fundraising dinner held last year on December 16. Another $400,000 was donated by generous patron and former City College student Lliie Wong (also the aunt of CCSF Trustee Lawrence Wong).

City College of San Francisco has received $145 million in state and local bond funds to construct the new campus facility, but was short $800,000 to purchase equipment and furniture necessary for the library, culinary program, and science labs. The fundraising campaign has appealed to community members to donate whatever they can to benefit the new campus facility. Donations collected by the fundraising campaign have ranged from $1 to $50,000.

The fundraising campaign was an unprecedented grassroots effort that cut across different segments of the community- community-service groups, churches, family/district associations, businesses, labor unions, students, faculty, and administrators. Speakers at the press conference acknowledged the different constituent groups within the community who helped make this fundraiser a success.

The campus is a result of over 30 years of advocacy by the community to bring a permanent educational facility for the Chinatown North Beach community. The latest CCSF campus facility to offer residents affordable, quality education will soon open its doors starting in 2012. Hailed as one of the nicest facilities in the City College family, this campus will serve an estimated 7,500 students each semester with credit and non-credit classes focusing on continuing education, ESL, citizenship, and vocational classes in hospitality, health care, and the culinary arts — essential skills training for immigrant students.

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