As part of the TASSEL community, we are given slideshows depicting the issues that Cambodians face on a daily basis. We can do our part by sharing this information with our communities around the world. With open hearts, our volunteers bring attention to the issues that TASSEL targets, opening the eyes of those around them to create a greater world view.
singapore american school's tassel night
TASSEL Night was the result of a discussion with the TASSEL officer’s parents — we had debated what our first big fundraiser would be and had many ideas. In the end, we settled on the idea of a silent auction that would include not only donated items but also TASSEL members’ donated “talents.” For example, some members offered baby-sitting; others offered math tuition or piano lessons. Each of the talents had a starting price, and people would bid on the talents, writing down contact information and their bid below the talent they were interested in.
To plan the event, we made committees for different responsibilities, each with a group of officers in charge: Publicity/Design, Logistics, and Event Coordinators. The Publicity/Design Committee designed posters and tickets for the event, and also were responsible for formatting the silent auction and talent auction forms. Logistics were responsible for setting up the room and figuring out the sound system. Event Coordinators helped to plan how the schedule of the night would work, and they helped send out invitations and overall make sure the night would go smoothly!
Before the night, we had members sign up to give talents, silent auction items, and perform on the night itself. We were quite crunched for time because we had about 2 and a half weeks to plan this event!
Our format for the night was a dinner for members and people who members invited. Each ticket cost $50, and the profit from the tickets helped raise a lot of the money (about half our funds). Around the room, there were tables for people to sit at, and on the walls were posters of TASSEL members who auctioned their “talents."
There was also a section of the room for silent auction items. In the weeks prior to the event, we asked members to sign up to bring in items for the silent auction. In addition, Lauren Kang, our President, and her mother, as well as the other officers’ parents, contacted restaurants, gyms, hair salons, and other companies to get special deals, so we were able to auction hair treatments, pilates classes, wine and food baskets for lower starting bids! Myra Torcheux's mother auctioned some beautiful handmade ceramics (that she made herself!). In the end, we had so many items to auction that we almost didn’t have enough space.
The Logistics team and the officers arrived early to help everything get set up, and we also stayed back to help clean everything up afterwards (and catalog the items that had been sold and paid for).
At the start of the night, we welcomed and thanked everyone for coming! A lot of the attendees were TASSEL members and parents, but there were some friends of families there as well. After allowing people to get food, we had TASSEL members begin a couple of performances; the officers then started a presentation explaining TASSEL and what we do to help those in Cambodia. We talked about the children, the teachers, and the history of Cambodia too, and then we explained how TASSEL helps and provides not only education and sustainability services but also genuine love and sincere compassion. After that, Lauren Kang's father, Tom, a finance expert and Dr. Tiong (my father) talked about TASSEL: Tom Kang explained the finances of TASSEL , and my dad spoke about his experiences as a doctor visiting Cambodia during the TASSEL trip. He also spoke about the integrity of the founder and assured parents that the money was going to a good place and for an excellent cause.
After that, the night continued and performances went on! At the end, we brought all the TASSEL members present to the stage and thanked the parents for their hard work… we also took time to share our responses to this night and to thank each other for putting in so much consistent effort. Everything went very smoothly, and, after we counted up the funds we had raised, we were amazed at the amount we were able to make!!
The presentation shown to the attendees of Singapore American School's TASSEL Night.
Information and photography provided by Zoe Ong, Vice-President of the Singapore American School TASSEL Chapter.