Community Involvement

Supporting and giving back to the community is one of the Clubs fundamental values. As well as being an active part of the wider international community and a supporter of Taipei’s international community organizations, it is the Clubs goals to support local charity organizations and help others that are less fortunate – none of which could have been accomplished without the generosity and philanthropic acts of our ACC members. Here is a selection of ACC’s Community Involvement activities: 

 

Spring Clothing Drive – March 2021

The Club partnered with a local community located in Jiantan; organized by a group of parents with children stricken by Cancer, Leukemia, and other rare diseases, and we invited Members to “spring-clean” with the purpose of supporting this worthy cause.

The Jiantan community is an informal organization supporting lower-income families faced with extremely expensive cancer treatments such as surgery; chemotherapy, radiation, bone-marrow transplants – and adding to the dilemma many of these families impacted negatively (loss of service industry jobs) due to the COVID pandemic. So by donating gently-used clothing (of course new clothing is more than welcome), we can pass on our love and indeed our help to these families and at the same time contribute to being environmentally friendly.

 

Annual Lunar New Year Couplet Calligraphy Event

As one of the Clubs longest traditions; volunteers from ACC help organize an end-of-the-year charity event by inviting renowned calligraphy masters to visit the Club to auction their couplets and precious calligraphy artwork. Much appreciation for this goes out to all the ACC’s Members who participate in this event and who so generously make donations each year. Special appreciation is also due to Mrs. Charlotte Fang, Mrs. Ada Chiang, and Mrs. Lilian Pating who together organize  this very successful charity event. Throughout the years the recipients of the profits have been:

 

2020 Chinese Calligraphy and Goodies Bazaar – Ring Hou, Acting Director, Project Marketing and Development Division, World Vision Taiwan, presents a certificate of appreciation to General Manager David Brightling in recognition of the Club’s donation.

2021 ACC’s Year of the Ox: Chinese New Year Calligraphy – A special thanks from Charlotte Chen, the Co-Founder of Raising Children Medical Foundation.

 

ACC Charity Events – CNY Chinese Calligraphy

Year

Charity

January 2021

Raising Children Medical Foundation

January 2020

World Vision Taiwan

January 2019

Eden Social Welfare Foundation

January 2018

Hondao Senior Citizen’s Welfare Foundation

January 2017

Eden Social Welfare Foundation

January 2016

The Child Welfare League Foundation

January 2015

Make-A-Wish Taiwan Foundation

January 2014

Make-A-Wish Taiwan Foundation

The Year of the Ox – Chinese New Year Calligraphy All Calligraphy

Year of the Rat: Chinese New Year Calligraphy and Goodies Bazaar – A special thanks to the Chinese Calligraphy Masters demonstrated such beautiful, traditional, New Year calligraphy Couplets and painted such elegant and delicate graphics on Lanterns at the ACC Lobby.

 

Angel Tree – 2020 December

Since 1980, The Taipei American School Orphanage Club has partnered with the renowned Pearl S. Buck Foundation Taipei to fulfill the Christmas wishes of hundreds of these underprivileged children. In December of 2020, the Club’s Members signed up to be Christmas Angel sponsors and provided a gift for their sponsored child!

 

Santa in the Adventist Hospital – 2020 December

The Club General Manager David Brightling dressed-up as Santa and shared happiness by giving a surprise visit to the patients young and old and staff in the Adventist Hospital. Thanks to Dr. Ming Chi Yung and the wonderful team for making this possible.

 

Melbourne Cup Charity Luncheon

ACC supports and provides the venue for this annual charity event hosted by The Australia New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Taipei (ANZCham). Always well-attended by ACC Members. Proceeds from this event go to The Salvation Army.

Melbourne Cup Event in California Room at ACC

Melbourne Cup Event in the California Room

Dressed up for the Races

Dressed up for the Races

 

ACC Supports the Community Services Center Taipei

The Community Services Center is a non-profit organization that provides a support network of counseling, activities, events, cross-cultural education, and information services to meet the needs of the international community in Taipei and throughout Taiwan. The Center receives 50% of its revenue from fee-based programs, like counseling, continuing education, advertising, and 50% from donations generously provided by corporations, civic groups and individuals.  The ACC is a proud supporter of the Community Services Center and has been since 2012.

 

2019 & 2020:  ACC Donates to the Community Services Center Taipei

  • ACC donates grand prizes to the Community Centers annual auction at its Halloween Ball, as do Members Ms. Faye Angevine and Mr. Mike Brennand.
  • At the October 2020 Blue Moon Monster Ball, the top bidder for ACCs donation of Dinner for 70 guests at ACC was Ms. Pepi Liao.
  • David Brightling, General Manager of the ACC, has served on the Steering Committee of the Community Services Center since 2019.

 

From 2012 to the present time, ACC support has also been provided to the following events and organizations:

  • Spring Clothing Drive – March 2021
  • The Taipei American School Orphanage Club Christmas Angel Tree – December 2020
  • Taipei International Women’s Club Annual Charity Gala Dinner – March 2013
  • Friends of TAS Gala Ball – March 2013
  • BCCT Christmas Charity Auction & Luncheon – December 2012
  • TES Christmas Bazaar – November 2012
  • AmCham Ball – November 2012

 

ACC Supports AmCham Taipei

Over the past several years, David Brightling, General Manager of the ACC, worked to build up strong connection with AmCham Taipei and volunteered his time on their Travel & Tourism Committee.

 

Taipei American School Annual Food Fair

Each year Taipei American School (TAS) runs an international food fair fund-raising event at the school. ACC is proud to be part of this annual event and enjoys the opportunity to provide our ACC club delicacies to the wider community – as well as of course – the financial rewards to the school.

ACC Staff Team at TAS Food Fair in 2013

ACC Staff Team at TAS Food Fair in 2013

ACC's Chef Alpha at the Food Fair

ACC’s Chef Alpha at the Food Fair

 

February 2013 – Member Donations of Household Goods

During February 4 to February 18, 2013, ACC Members generously donated truckloads of brand new or second-hand household items and books. The donations were distributed to the Taipei SongDe Woman and Family Service Center, which helps women and children that suffer from domestic violence – the Maria Social Welfare Foundation, which supports children 0-3 years old that suffer from developmental retardation, and the Tzu Chi Foundation, an international humanitarian organization.

Household Goods Donations from ACC

The ACC Van Delivers our ACC Member Donations

Household Goods Donations

Loading Up a Donated Flat Screen TV

 

Beaujolais Nouveau Wine Celebration Event

Each year this event organized by the French Chamber of Commerce in Taipei celebrates the arrival of the first “new wine” of the year, the famous Beaujolais Nouveau from the South-East region of France. ACC is proud to support and provide the venue for this important event in the French calendar.

Beaujolais Nouveau at ACC

Serving up the Beaujolais Nouveau at ACC

Beaujolais Nouveau at ACC

Catching up with Friends and Colleagues at the Beaujolais Nouveau Event