Each year, Nancy and Billy Greer, owners of Jing Ying Institute of Kung Fu & Tai Chi, have a Silent Auction to benefit SPAN. The Greers start collecting for the silent auction as soon as the previous one is over, and each year their goal is to collect more donations than the previous year. Nancy says, “Each year we hope to raise more money/food for SPAN than the year before , so we’ve got our work cut out for us this December.” This year’s party was amazing with tables and tables filled with auction items, demonstrations, and of course so much delicious food. Many thanks to Jing Ying Institute of Kung Fu & Tai Chi and the local businesses and individuals who donated to and attended Jing Ying Institute’s Silent Auction for SPAN. Together, they raised $5,000 and over 500 pounds of non-perishables for SPAN’s food pantry.
Join Nancy and Billy and the Jing Ying Institute of Kung Fu & Tai Chi in showing your support for SPAN. Have a party, food drive or fundraiser for SPAN. Donations can now be made on line through safe and secure Pay Pal. IT’S EASY- Just go to SPAN’s website Home page (http://spanhelps.org) go to bottom of page and click on the Donate. All donations are tax deductible and a receipt will be provided. (Please note neither SPAN or PayPal will collect or use your personal information for any purpose beyond this transaction).
One of Jing Ying Institute of Kung Fu & Tai Chi’s younger students, Andrew, surprised owners Nancy and Billy Greer with a special donation for SPAN. For his birthday party, Andrew asked his friends for canned goods instead of presents so he could “do his part to help out.” Nancy stated, “We were so impressed with his initiative and generosity, we honored him with a special certificate of achievement. Andrew really shows a “black belt” spirit not only through his dedication to regular physical training but also through his positive attitude and kindness. From a very young age, he has showed a friendliness that is infectious”.
From the time they acquired the ling Ying school in 2004, Nancy and Billy have made fundraising for charity an important part of their program.
Billy: “In 2004 we had taken over ling Ying suddenly, without much planning, to save it. Our whole family had been involved, and we didn’t want to see it close. That first year we were struggling to see if we could keep the doors open, learning the ropes as we went along. When we were planning a cultural activity for the Chinese New Year, the devastating tsunami hit East Asia, so we morphed that New Year’s celebration into a fundraiser. We were really pleased about the support from the community.”
In 2005, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, ling Ying raised money for an organization that takes care of developmentally disabled people-The Arc; their homes in New Orleans had been destroyed. That year Billy and Nancy also realized that there was much need in the community surrounding ling Ying.
Nancy. “After hearing the Severna Park Chamber of Commerce talk about SPAN, to us they seemed like the perfect local group to work with.”
Nancy: “For the students it’s more than learning a physicalart -Kung Fu or Tai Chi. When we do things like the silent
auction for SPAN and other fundraisers, the students bond
together and they feel good about doing something for the
community. “Billy: “One of our favorite things about the silent auctionfor SPAN is that every year we find secret talents in our
students. They might donate items such as their own
artwork, home brewed ale, home made soaps and perfumes,
or hammered silver jewelry.”
Nancy: “I had a table ‘By Kids, for Kids.’ One kid made
some origami designs; another drew a wonderful picture of
the judges at one of our Kung Fu tests.”
Billy: “We’re a small organization, but we’re happy for Whatever we can do for the community.”