PR:Silent Auction for SPAN raises $2,500

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January 30, 2010
Contacts: Billy or Nancy Greer 410-431-5200

For Immediate Release:
Silent Auction for SPAN raises $2,500


Arnold, MD - Jing Ying students, families and community members raise $2,500
for the Severna Park Assistance Network and collect hundreds of pounds of
food.

The annual Christmas party at Jing Ying was scheduled for Saturday, December
19 2009. The party marks the end of the silent auction which starts with the
Halloween party in October. Months of planning and on-going bidding were
almost ruined by two feet of snow forcing the event to be cancelled. Since
many people bid on the items to give them as holiday gifts, it was important
to reschedule the event before the Christmas holidays. The new date of
Tuesday, December 22 was chosen, but the weather was not cooperative.
Because of road conditions, classes were cancelled at Jing Ying on Monday
and Tuesday, but it was decided to proceed with the rescheduled party.
Despite the weather, the turnout was better than expected.

The event was made extra-special with the "Awakening Ceremony" for a new
lion. Jing Ying Institute performs Chinese lion dancing for special events
to bring good luck and tradition says a new lion costume should go through a
special ceremony to awaken it before it is used in a public performance. It
is said that a lion that hasn't gone through the ceremony could bring bad
luck instead of ensuring good luck. It seemed to work that night as people
were excited to see the unveiling of Jing Ying's newest lion and its first
performance brought good luck to the silent auction enabling us to raise
$2,500 despite the adverse conditions. After all the funds were collected
from bidders, a check was formally presented on January 22, 2010.

Jing Ying also sponsored a family with three children through SPAN and
provided their holiday dinner, clothing and presents. In addition, hundreds
of pounds of cans, boxes and bags of food were donated to SPAN's food
pantry.
Jing Ying thanks the many local businesses and individuals who supported the
silent auction. For a listing of items included in the auction, go to
http://jingying.org/silent_auction.htm

About Jing Ying Institute of Kung Fu & Tai Chi:
Since 2000, Jing Ying Institute of Kung Fu & Tai Chi offers programs in Kung
Fu, Tai Chi, Wushu, weapons and sparring in the Annapolis/ Severna Park area
of Maryland


Billy L Greer
Jing Ying Institute of Kung Fu & Tai Chi
www.JingYing.org
410-431-5200
 

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