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Capistrano Unified’s new Mandarin program makes $59K in fundraiser

March 29, 2013
    • By MORGAN McLAUGHLIN / FOR THE REGISTER

Dice flew and chips piled up as guests in traditional 旗袍 Chinese brocade dresses and shirts whooped it up at the 2nd annual Friends of MIP (Mandarin Immersion Program) Chinese New Year Fundraiser Celebration. The Bowers Museum in Santa Ana turned casino for one night, and supporters of the Capistrano Unified School District’s MIP, a two-year-old program at Marian Bergeson Elementary, netted $59,000 by playing craps and blackjack and bidding on an array of live and silent auction items.

Patina Group served a three-course dinner, and guests participated in a heads and tails game. The festivities supported an important cause, said Audrey Shaw of Laguna Niguel, vice president of the Friends of MIP advisory board.

Article Tab: Tables awaited guests at the Friends of the Mandarin Immersion Program 's Chinese New Year gala at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana.
Tables awaited guests at the Friends of the Mandarin Immersion Program ‘s Chinese New Year gala at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana.
MORGAN MCLAUGHLIN, FOR THE REGISTER
By the numbers

115+ : companies and individuals that donated items for the fundraiser

175: Guests who attended the event

$500: amount donated every time someone closes a loan with Emery Financial and mentions MIP

The Friends of MIP will host an Orange County Spring Rummage Sale on May 4 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Marian Bergeson Elementary, 25302 Rancho Niguel Road, Laguna Niguel.

“This is a global economy. Our kids need to be successful,” she said. “The money we raised last year gave us aides for each classroom … this year we want to make it the best program possible.”

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. March 29, 2013 8:40 am

    Reblogged this on Utah Mandarin Immersion Parents Council and commented:
    Wow. Parents net $59,000 for their school’s Mandarin program. Money will be spent on classroom aids. Think of the possibilities Utah.

  2. dilca permalink
    March 29, 2013 9:43 pm

    Is ” Friends of MIP” a nonprofit that was created by parents?

  3. dilca permalink
    March 29, 2013 9:45 pm

    I would be interested in finding out more about schools that start their own nonprofits to support the immersion program.

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