Galing Foundation, Inc.

is a non profit 501 (c) 3 tax exempt charitable organization registered in the State of Georgia

GFI assists in providing quality educational resources to underserved public schools, libraries and day care centers.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Dec. 7, 2012 "Gratitude, Goodwill & Compassion", the 6th Annual GFI Youth Leadership Award and Community Volunteer Appreciation with Philippine Honorary Consul Donato

Galing Foundation, Inc. invites you to an evening of Gratitude, Goodwill & Compassion,
The 6th Annual GFI Youth Leadership Award 2012 Community Volunteer Appreciation Year End Benefit Dinner withPhilippine Honorary Consul General Raoul  “Ray” Donato, James McSweeney, Regional Liason National Archives at Atlanta and the Federation of Filipino American Organizations in Georgia on Friday, December 7 (6pm) at Canton House Restaurant.  

For more information, please contact Ana Blackburn (404) 925-2639 or Ces Alberto (404) 290-5416 or email:

All proceeds will benefit the Youth Leadership Award Program 2013.  The YLA was created and organized to promote the importance of voluntarism, meaningful engagement and commitment among the youth in charitable organizations that benefits the community and beyond for a common good.   

 About the Guest Speaker

Jim McSweeney has worked for the National Archives and Records Administration for 25 plus year.   He currently serves as a Special Assistant to Legislative Archives, Presidential Libraries, and Museum Services.  From November 1998 to September 2012, he served as the Regional Administrator for the National Archives and Records Administration, Southeast Region.  During his career with NARA, Mr. McSweeney has worked in NARA's San Francisco, Laguna Niguel, and Atlanta facilities in capacities ranging from Appraisal and Disposition Branch Chief to Records Center Director to Records Management Director to Assistant Regional Administrator.  Mr. McSweeney was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and received a bachelor of arts degree in Political Science from San Francisco State University and a masters of arts degree in American History from San Jose State University.  He is a member of the California Historical Society, the Atlanta Federal Executive Board, and the Society of Georgia Archivists.  Under his direction, the Southeast Region occupied two new facilities in 2004 and 2005: an 115,000 square foot archival facility (with exhibition and public program space) in Morrow, Georgia, as well as a 350,000 square foot Federal Records Center in Ellenwood, Georgia.  Mr. McSweeney has inaugurated innovative public programs with the Center for Civil and Human Rights, Clayton State University, the Truman and Roosevelt Presidential Libraries, Georgia Public Broadcasting, the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, the Atlanta Public School System, the Smithsonian Institute, the Afro American Historical and Genealogical Society, the Asian American and Pacific Islander community, and other cultural and higher education institutions throughout the region.  Under Mr. McSweeney’s leadership, the National Archives at Atlanta facility in Morrow, GA, became a center for community engagement, serving as a polling place, a host site for Naturalization Ceremonies, a meeting place for civic and fraternal organizations, and a national destination for family history research.  In the past five years, Mr. McSweeney and his staff have hosted national symposia on the Civil Rights Movement, the African American Experience, the Civil War, and the legacy of the Asian Pacific American community in the southeast.  Mr. McSweeney is a professed baseball junkie, ardent jazz enthusiast, dog lover, and proud father of a future archivist, actress, ballerina, or veterinarian.

Schedule of Program 

“Gratitude, Goodwill & Compassion”
The 6th Galing Foundation, Inc. Youth Leadership Award & Volunteer Appreciation Dinner
Philippine Honorary Consul General Raoul “Ray” Donato
Friday, December 7, 2012
Canton House, Chamblee, GA

6:00        Registration & Networking                Ces Alberto
6:30        Welcome & Recognition of VIPs        Arjho Turner .
                Opening Remarks                             Toni Daya-Luetgers
7:00        Dinner & Performances                     
8:00       "The National Archives at Atlanta & The Filipino American History in the South Symposium & Exhibition Project" by Jim McSweeney
               "The Philippine Government, Consular Matters & Volunteer Appreciation" by
                 Hon. Raoul "Ray" Donato

    GFI Accomplishment Report & Volunteer Appreciation  by Jane Rolen
                Youth Leadership Ceremony by Ana Blackburn 
                 Presentation of the 2012 Selection Committee & Nominees 
                 The Award Ceremony 
                 Special Literary Award Presentation by Marilyn Doromal & FFAOG (Federation of 
                 Filipino American Organizations in Georgia)
9:00         Closing Remarks by Jane Rolen

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Dec. 10-14: California Pizza Kitchen fundraising partnership program with Galing Foundation, Inc.

All day of December 10-14, 2012 California Pizza Kitchen hosts a fundraising event for Galing Foundation, Inc.  Bring in a copy of the flyer, present it to your server and 20% of your check will be donated to the organization. 

See flyer for details. 

Proceeds of this fundraising event will support the LDERA (Library Development and Educational Resource Assistance) Program.  Your support will help us cover the cost of packing and shipping of the donated educational materials to its outreach in the rural areas of the Philippines.

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

A Message of Gratitude from Cross of Life Social Concerns Committee

Cross of Life's 3rd International Dinner

Thank You * Zikomokwanbiri * Shukriyaa * Salamat * Komapsumnida

Our sincere thanks to all volunteers, donors, sponsors and guests who have joined us in support of Cross of Life’s International Dinner "Language of Love" held Saturday, October 6 benefiting our brothers and sisters across the globe.  

Pastor Jeong Kim, Heidl Wouk, Toni Luetgers, Arjho Turner, Hermon Rao, Chim Bvumbwe, and Denise Powell led prayer in 7 different languages!   


We were delighted to hear 10 year old Vivian Borg sing so beautifully!

Tim Heyerdahl, Gary Halverson, Toni Luetgers, Chim Bvumbwe, Hermon Rao, Denise Powell, Faith Bvumbwe, Pastor Jeong Kim, Young Kim, Danny Kim and Chris Kim shared their musical talents. 

Don Wyman (left) was our emcee for the Live Auction and is pictured below enjoying fellowship with Craig Heydon and Jim Heiser.

Toni Luetgers sang a Filipino song at Cross of Life for the first time.

We had 85 people including COL members, friends and sponsors who participated in the International Dinner.  All food was donated and represented 15+ countries from Asia, Africa, Europe and North America.

Your prayers, kindness and generosity continue to touch hearts and change lives for God's glory.  We thank you and our sponsors: Alpha Soda, Shane’s Rib Shack, India Chef Restaurant, Soho Salon, Fernbank Museum, Northpoint Innovative Solutions, Crabapple Tutoring, Scentsy, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Adventures in Balance, Atlanta Botanical Gardens, High Museum of Art Atlanta, That’s What’s Up Catering, and Good Time Entertainment for your support! 

We raised a total of $4526 including $1500 in matching funds from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.  All proceeds benefit the Galing Foundation, Padhar Mission School, and Malawi Missions. 

Thank you for your generous support! 

The Social Concerns Team