Transforming Futures: This Non-Profit Organization Raises $1.6 Million For Ultra-Poor At 30th Anniversary Banquet - The Scene

The fundraising event took place simultaneously in Manila, Hong Kong, New Jersey, and Virginia, USA as well as online through Zoom.

The sentiments of International Care Ministries’ (ICM) Daphne Kuok couldn’t have been more accurate when she stated how timely the fundraising banquet had been, while Typhoon Nalgae is “ravaging areas served by ICM.” Kuok shares, “We hope that your presence last night will be a start of a partnership with ICM and look forward to your visits to ICM communities around the country to see for yourself the impact of your support on the lives of the people there.”

“I Believe” is International Care Ministries’ 30th Anniversary Banquet that took place in Shangri-La The Fort, Manila on October 28, 2022

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Louise Joachimowski and the ICM Team shared the highlights of the event which included:

President and chief executive officer of Ayala Corporation, Bong Consing, who shared powerfully about why now is the time to help the poorest Filipinos.

The silent auction has already raised US$144,000 with bidders from around the world. There are 20 items that are still available, now at a discounted rate and on a first-come-first-serve basis. Those who would like to donate for one or more of these items can email: [email protected]

The ICM Choir sang during the live stream, with the Manila audience blessed with an exclusive performance earlier in the evening.

Miriam Roberto-Quiambao has been an ICM advocate for several years. She shared some wonderful moments from her trip to Bohol here, before presenting the ICM Hope Awards to ICM Philippine partners.

In Hong Kong,  a one-of-a-kind Harry Harrison artwork was auctioned off, which the famed South China Morning Post cartoonist drew in honor of ICM’s 30th Anniversary. The bidding was fierce, but eventually the piece was sold for HK$51,000 (US$6,600) to two very happy winners!

ICM is getting closer to meeting the matching fund goal of US$500,000, and now have only US$85,000 of remaining matching funds to unlock. All gifts of between US$10,000 and $25,000 will be matched dollar for dollar. Those who would like to help ICM reach this goal can donate to the matching fund here.

Another event highlight was the beautiful performance by Kuh Ledesma.

In an email following the banquet, ICM chief executive officer David Sutherland reported: “What an evening! We have already raised US$1.6M (HK$12.6M | PHP81M) in a single night! Not quite as good as last year’s astonishing US$2.2 million, but on par with 2019. Given all the headwinds around this banquet, we are very grateful indeed! Thank you to every single one of you.”

Sutherland continued his update by saying, “In Manila, we know that a number of guests were unable to make it to the venue because of tropical storm Nalgae. And now, large parts of the country are recovering from severe flooding and landslides, and the death toll stands at 145. ICM is ready to respond in areas where we serve.” (More recent reports have stated the death toll at 121.)

The fundraising event happened simultaneously in Hong Kong’s Aberdeen Marina Club

International Care Ministries (ICM) is a non-profit organization that is called to release the poor in the Philippines from spiritual, emotional, and physical bondage. You can learn more by visiting the website.

Donations are accepted here.

Banner photo courtesy of ICM.

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