The Lingzi Foundation is honored to have the opportunity to be part of Flying Tiger Historical Organization’s (FTHO) missions of promoting and strengthening friendship and cultural understanding by honoring the past. These values are near and dear to our hearts. Lingzi Lu, a Chinese graduate student who came to America pursuing her dreams, sadly perished in the Boston Maraton event while cheering on the runners at the finish line. She was only 23. Although her dreams didn’t realize, the Foundation wishes to carry on Lingzi’s love and spirit by encouraging more individuals and organizations like the FTHO to make a positive Impact toward building bridges between cultures, to champion compassion among people from
different cultures, religions, and backgrounds.
FTHO’s aim has been, and is, to shine a light on the remarkable history and cooperation which existed between China and the US during WW II, to honor all who served so bravely and gave up so much of their lives, both Chinese and Americans, that we might live in freedom and to build on the bridge of friendship forged during one of the darkest periods the world has known.
Learn more at www.FlyingTigerHistoricalOrganization.com
The Lingzi Foundation is pleased to provide an annual gift to go towards the maintenance of the Krystle Campbell Peace Garden.
The Lingzi Foundation is proud to support Aimee’s Farm Animal Sanctuary though the Fashion to Rescue event held in April 2017. As reported by Nancy Liu of The World Journal,
“Aimee’s Farm Animal Sanctuary, a nonprofit animal rescue organization recently held the third annual FASHION TO THE RESCUE fundraising event at the Liberty Hall in Boston on April 28th. Ten local celebrities participated in the fashion show, and raised more than $300,000 for the charity. Members of the Lingzi Foundation and relatives were there for the first time to support the activities to carry on the love and light of Lu Lingzi.
The event was founded by renowned fashion designer David Josef and has quickly become one of the nation’s largest charities and fashion events of such kind. At the beginning, Josef gave heartfelt Special Thanks for the Lingzi Foundation’s generous support for the cause. He said that Lingzi was one of the young lives that ended short in the Boston Marathon Bombing. He continued by reading a letter to the guests, received the same day from Lingzi’s mom in China.
‘In August 2012, As Lingzi was leaving China, she made promise to her dear Puppy ( JingJing), she called her little brother, that she would be back in two years to hug him; Sadly, she never made it. Our family is humbled and overwhelmed by Aimee’s gracious Dedication at the Sanctuary. Thank you both for keeping her loving spirit and compassion alive.’
‘Ever since she was a little girl, she had been very passionate about the animals and the environment. We felt this particular cause reflects her love.’ said her uncle Yee Sherman.
The organizers of the event and the Aimee Farm Animal Sanctuary are planning a memorial site for her at the location. In the future, the Foundation will continue to collaborate with David Josef and the organization to carry out more fundraising, animal protection work and encourage the awareness of their healing power for the special needs. The Foundation is also planning more cooperative projects and charity activities in China, and there will be a series of special commemorative events on the fifth anniversary of next year.
Kenneth Proudfoot, a director of the Foundation added, ’We are pleased that the Foundation sponsorship of the event will help to save and protect more animals in need., Lingzi came to America with many dreams, she enjoyed meeting people from around the World. We hope to extend the goal of promoting the good will of people from China, the United States and everywhere else.’
The supporters at the event included many football players from the New England Patriots and WCVB TV host Randy Price. Football star Tom Brady signed football was auctioned at very high price. Models including the Chinese anchorwoman Janet Wu, the former Boston Mayor’s daughter Susan Menino Fenton and just appointed as the United States ambassador to New Zealand Scott Brown‘s wife Gail Huff and other celebrities. Aimee’s Farm and Animal Sanctuary is located in Arizona to save abused, abandoned and homeless farm animals, to provide homes to avoid being euthanized; and to provide visitation and healing opportunity for disabled school students, autism patients and veterans of traumatic sequelae.
*Translated from original Chinese version
非營利的動物救援組織—艾米農場動物保護區(Aimee’s Farm Animal Sanctuary)日前在自由大廳
(Liberty Hall)舉辦第三屆年度「時尚參與動物拯救(FASHION TO THE RESCUE)」籌款活動，吸
Fenton和剛被指派擔任美國駐新西蘭大使的Scott Brown之妻Gail Huff等名流到場參加。
In 2017, the Foundation is pleased to once again provide a grant to the Boston Police Athletic League (PAL) of $10,000 in memory of Lingzi Lu. PAL works hand in hand with the Boston Police Department to provide an array of programs and activities for young people across the City of Boston. This year, the Foundation’s grant has sponsored events like a visit to the Harbor Police and a trip to Fenway Park.
On the third anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing, the Foundation provided a grant to the Boston Police Athletic League (PAL) of $10,000 in memory of Lingzi Lu. PAL works hand in hand with the Boston Police Department to provide an array of programs and activities for young people across the City of Boston. The Lingzi Foundation Board determined that PAL furthers Lingzi’s memory and the Foundation’s mission of bringing youths of diverse cultures and backgrounds together and enriching their learning experiences.
During Thanksgiving of 2014, the Foundation made its first grant to Edesia, a non-profit organization based in Providence, Rhode Island. These funds were raised by a number of dedicated contributors who ran the 2014 Boston Marathon in memory of Lingzi Lu.
Edesia was founded in 2007, by Navyn Salem, a stay-at-home mother of four young girls, who set out to end the crisis of malnutrition for over 220 million children around the world. Her approach was simple: increase access to Ready-to Use Foods (RUFs) in developing countries. Edesia now produces four different RUFs designed to address the many stages of childhood malnutrition which have been provided to more than two million children in 40 countries. These products are delivered to children for free through distribution partners such as UNICEF and the World Food Programme. Geographically Edesia focuses primarily in Latin America and West Africa and has responded to humanitarian disasters, including the earthquake in Haiti, floods in Pakistan, the famine in the Horn of Africa, the drought in the Sahel, and recent crises in Syria and Mali.
Edesia is the Roman goddess of food and plentiful banquets. Lingzi spent her first Thanksgiving in Rhode Island with her aunt and uncle and embraced the spirit of generosity and thanks of our holiday.
Edesia has outgrown its current 15,000 square foot facility and the Foundation’s board was delighted to donate funds to help Edesia with its plans to construct and move to a new 85,000 square foot manufacturing and storage facility in order to help nourish more children around the world.
For more information about Edesia, go to www.edesiaglobal.org.