On Saturday , Sept. 26, 2009 Fordec held a fundraiser in Alameda, California at the Italian American League Hall. The turnout exceeded everyone’s expectations. While many people bought tickets in advance, many more bought tickets at the door. We estimate that over 100 people attended the event.

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The event was to raise money to buy bicycles for poor Thai children who have to walk a long way to get to school..
A Thai buffet dinner was served: Pad Thai, green chicken curry and rice, garden salad, Thai papaya salad, barbecued pork, and lasagna.
Fordec founder Dr. Amporn Watanawongs gave a brief welcome and explanation of the program
Thai musicians and dancers from Wat Buddhanusorn Thai Temple in Fremont entertained the guests.

An auction for a kid’s bike and two pictures actually painted by Thai elephants went to the highest bidders.
A silent auction gave everyone who bought a ticket the chance to win some really great prizes.


The highlight of the evening was the drawing for the three main prizes: a trip for two to Thailand, a 3 nights stay at the Nagahill Resort in Chiangmai and a $1000 hair removal treatment at the Reviv Med Spa.

  • Grand Prize Winner: Marcia Wheeler of Ripton, Vermont Ticket number 237066
  • Second Prize Winner: Savathdy Nhok of Alameda, California Ticket number 237588
  • Third Prize Winner: Scott Miner of Castro Valley, California Ticket number 237539

    All total the successful fundraising event raised more than $7,000 …through dinner ticket sales, raffle tickets and an auction… more than enough to buy 100 bicycles for poor Thai children”.
    We also donated $2000 for school supplies for poor children.
    Locally, we donated $1000 to Medshare International to help provide medical supplies for clinics and hospitals for the poor all over the world

    We are still 50 bikes shy of our goal so if you can help, please click on the link above and “Donate Now”. All donations are tax deductible

    The evening was topped off with music and dancing courtesy of the classic rock band “Mighty Neptune”

    Special thanks to all our sponsors:

    Amari Watergate Hotels and Resorts
    Aroma Restaurant & Catering
    Batra Vision Medical Group Inc.
    Bay Tickets, California
    Carmen Waddington
    Corina Chan
    Friend of FORDECUSA
    Geefay Productions Inc.
    Healing Touch
    Italian American League Hall
    Lee Auto Supply
    Maesa Elephant Camp
    Ms. Yupin Kenchandr
    Natural Rhythm Healing Hut
    Reviv Med Spa
    Thai Garden Restaurant
    The Mighty Neptunes
    Toomie’s Thai Cuisine
    Wat Buddhanusorn, Thai Temple Fremont
    Wat Mongkolwattanaram, Thai Temple, Berkeley
    The Imperial Queen’s Park Hotel.
    Zen’s Filipino Cuisine

For the story behind the bicycle program watch “Toy Story” below