Bridge presentations and Fundraisers for Banyan Learning Tree Schools in Cambodia and Adopt A Village Laos Water Filter Project.

Patti's Travel Updates

Latest Laos Water Filter Fundraiser - Raises OVER $16,000.00

That is 143 water filters, providing more than one village and approximately 860 people with clean water for the first time in their lives. We are very excited about this and are so grateful to all our generous donors, some of whom attended our fundraiser on Sept 12th.

If you are interested in making a donation, do send a cheque made out to Adopt A Village In Laos,
To:
Patti Lee
8 South Kingslea Drive,
Toronto, ON M8Y 2A3
Canada

Please view "Our Laos Projects 2017" flyer for pictures of our adventures in Laos and to learn more about the challenges of this wonderful country.





September 2017
Selling Cambodian Scarves at the Taste of the Kingsway

Bloor Street West in Etobicoke, between Prince Edward Drive and Montgomery Road, was the site of the Taste of the Kingsway 2017. This annual street festival is a renowned culinary and entertainment experience. Over 150 exhibitors participated with demonstrations and interactive exhibits ---- international cuisine, continuous live entertainment, and fresh food.

This was a great success as Patti sold 85 scarves!!!! ...with all of the proceeds going back to the women in Cambodia, who made these lovely scarves and who support their families from this work.

Our thanks to Mary Matias and Joe Picariello and all of the staff at Salon Allure for their incredible support over the weekend. Allure was one of the exhibitors. Salon Allure is a well-known and beloved hair salon and spa in the Kingsway. Mary Matias, owner, gave Patti Lee space in their booth for Patti to sell the beautiful hand-woven scarves from Cambodia.

And thanks to all of the people, who purchased a scarf. What a wonderful event!!!





June 2017 - Cambodian Fundraiser

June 2017
Another Successful Cambodia Fund Raiser!

Thank you also to Enid Roitman, who is always there to help. She makes the Silent Auction table look so fantastic; she greets the people in the morning; and she handles the collection of the Silent Auction payments at the end of the day. We really could not run this function without her.

Thank you also to John Rayner, who gave us all a fabulous lesson on our favourite game, bridge. He is outstanding.

Thank you to all of our Sponsors, who donated such amazing things for our Silent Auction. Please see the list of names of our donors and please support them. They really deserve all of our support.

One more thank you: A huge thank you to Timothy Eaton Memorial Church for allowing us to hold our fundraiser there. The Timothy Eaton Memorial Church is a wonderful church and we are so grateful to them.

We cannot thank you enough, all of you. for those who attended, we hope you enjoyed the events as much as we did.

Yours sincerely,
Barbara Seagram & Patti Lee





August 1, 2016 - Cambodian Fundraiser

August 2016
Cambodian Fundraiser
We Raised OVER $1,000.00!!

Thanks to Mary Miller and Sally Hill and all the local teachers who helped sponsor our fundraiser! These funds will pay for a teacher for over 1/2 of a year.

We also sold 81 scarves! This will support the women and their families who work at the Weaving Centre built by Round Square and is near our schools.





June 7, 2016 - Laos Fundraiser

June 2016
Laos Water Filter Fundraiser - We Raised $9,443!!

Thank you one and all for your support of our Laos project, held on Tuesday, June 7, 2016.

Thanks to the support of so many of you in Toronto, Collingwood and beyond, we have raised $12,093.00 to date for our water filter project in Laos. Each water filter costs $100.00 at this point (going up very soon). Some of the cost included in that price is the need to transport these water filters by trucks over mountainous terrain into the remote villages in Laos.

This means that we have purchased just over 94 water filters. 94 families (approximately 650 people) will now have clean water for the first time in their lives, thanks to all of you. Each family typically consists of 6-8 people, often three generations living in one small home.

Our thanks to Lee for his support of this event and to Steve Rutledge, our amazing volunteer on the ground in Laos!




April 29, 2016 - Cambodian Fundraiser

April 2016
ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL FUND RAISER!
We have raised OVER $33,000.00!!

A big thank you from Barbara and me for your incredible generosity demonstrated at our Cambodian Fundraiser held on April 29 at the Habonim Synagogue!

Thank you also to Enid Roitman who has helped us at all of our fundraisers. She is so organized and her attention to detail is legendary.

Thank you also to John Rayner, for entertaining us and teaching us so that by this time next year, we will all be ready to represent our country!

Thank you to all of our sponsors, who donated such amazing things for our silent auction.

One more thank you: A huge thank you to Habonim Synagogue for donating the space for our fundraiser. Habonim does such good work in the community and we are so grateful to them.

We raised over $33,000!
That is an amazing number and we are very thrilled! This is the best ever! These funds will be put to very good use. It costs us $20,000/year to support our schools and we use the remainder to support our outreach programs for landmine survivors and their families and build up our "war chest" so that our schools can be sustained for some years after we are no longer able to do fundraising.

Thanks again to all of our donors.. It is because of YOU that this fundraiser was so successful. Barbara, Patti and the children of Cambodia are so appreciative.

Yours sincerely, Barbara Seagram & Patti Lee

Please visit the Banyan Tree Organization website. Your donation will be used for the construction and operations of the schools. The schools are supported from donations through the Bridge Groups from Canada and the U.S.A.




Golf Shirt and Pants Donation

February 2016
Clothing Donated / Delivered!


Lynda Miller donated hundreds of brand new white tops and track pants in all sizes; then Leanne took over this huge supply of clothes and books for us for the schools.

The golf shirts and sweat pants and books were delivered to the Chan Teap School located in Takeo on Saturday, February 6th when they did the bike distribution.

They were most pleased and said to say a big Acun Tran!! (Or however you spell thank you in Khmer).





Nov. 7, 2015 - Cambodian Schools Fundraiser

November 2015
Cambodian Fundraiser

WE RAISED OVER $1100!!! for our schools in Cambodia.

This will pay a teacher at one of our schools for over 8 months!

Thank YOU... to to Judi Carter and Malkin Howes, for organizing Patti Lee's lesson at the Grand River Bridge Club in Kitchener.

It is a lovely club, full of warmth and friendship. The topic was "Inferences" and the attendees were very interactive.

Thanks to all of the attendees and to the Grand River Bridge Club for their wonderful generosity.

With gratitude, Patti Lee





September 2015
4th Annual Gravenhurst Cambodian Fundraiser

We raised $5,233.00 for our four schools in Cambodia!

Sept. 24, 2015 - Cambodian Fundraiser

Thank YOU... to Linda Harrison, who never stopped for a moment and was unflappable as always. She is amazing and is such an excellent volunteer. To Carolyn and Karen who were also wonderful.

And another big thank you to all of the attendees and others, who made donations to support our projects by supporting our Silent Auction!

With gratitude, Patti Lee



May 7, 2015 - Cambodian Fundraiser

May 2015
A BIG THANK YOU TO MARY MILLER
& THE ROCHESTER REGIONAL!

A huge thank you to Mary Miller of Canandaigua, New York for organizing Patti Lee's lesson at the Rochester Regional Bridge Tournament, held at RIT Inn & Conference Centre in Rochester, New York.

And a thank you to the teachers, who helped to get the attendees there. It was wonderful to have such a large class. I hope that all of the attendees enjoyed it as much as I did.

And another big thank you to all of the attendees and others, who made donations to support our projects. $1,935 was raised - enough to pay for a teacher for a year and a half at one of our schools in Cambodia.

The playing site for the Rochester Regional was excellent and the hospitality was superb. All of the attendees at the Regional were commenting on the lovely facilities and how well organized the whole tournament was. And, as a result, attendance boomed. Congratulations to Mary and all of the organizing team.

Thanks again to Mary and to the bridge players of Rochester and area for their generous support of our schools in Cambodia.

With gratitude, Patti Lee



May 2015
ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL FUND RAISER!
We raised over $31,000.00!

Thank you so much to all of you who supported our fundraiser on Friday May 1st. There were many who were unable to attend but generously donated to our cause anyway. We are so very grateful to all of you.

Thank you also to Enid Roitman, who is always there to help. Her organizational skills are legendary and there is no project too daunting for her.

Thank you also to John Rayner, who gave us all a fabulous presentation on hand evaluation, bidding and defence. He is outstanding.

Thank you to all of our sponsors, who donated such amazing things for our silent auction.

One more thank you: A huge thank you to Habonim Synagogue for donating the space for our fundraiser. Habonim does such good work in the community and we are so grateful to them.

We raised over $31,000.00! That is an amazing number and we are over the moon about it! In our very first year, we raised $8,800.00. Last year: $22,000.00 and the figure this year is staggering! We do need it as we have many projects ahead of us in Cambodia; these funds will be put to very good use helping us to ensure that the mothers, infants, and children receive the health care that they need and the education we would all wish for!


Yours sincerely, Barbara Seagram & Patti Lee




Canadian Kindness Felt in Faraway Cambodia

October 2014
Canadian Kindness Felt in Faraway Cambodia

Most people in the bridge world know Barbara Seagram as one of the top teachers, a prolific author and an intrepid tour guide. What's not so well known is how far she will go to help her fellow mankind.

About three years ago, Seagram and fellow tour guide Patti Lee discovered a need in Cambodia and went into action.

Cambodian Schools CollageToday, they and their supporters sustain the operations of four schools in Phnom Penh area, paying for electricity, supplies (including computers) and the salaries of teachers and librarians.

Funds to help run the schools come from the bridge players of Canada. "We couldn't do it without them," says Lee, a retired IBM accountant executive who took up teaching and directing bridge after leaving the company.

Lee has traveled with Seagram for 20 years, organizing and escorting bridge groups in various parts of the world.

Seagram and Lee lately have directed their attention to the construction fo a health clinic, which they estimate will cost $50,000.

Seagram is gratified at what she and the bridge players of Canada have managed so far but she is realistic: "There's so much that needs to be done." Continued...




October 2014
ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL FUND RAISER!
Our 3rd Annual Cambodia fundraiser in Gravenhurst on October 2nd raised $7,200.00!

There were 120 people there and a good time was had by all.

The event included a Bridge seminar with Barbara Seagram, a presentation on Cambodia by Patti Lee and a Happy Duplicate Bridge Game. Lisa McCoy was also in attendance to answer any questions!

Thank you too to all who supported our Silent Auction.

Special THANKS for the GREAT work by Linda Harrison and her team, Carolyne and Kelly.




August 2014
ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL FUND RAISER!
Almost $2,000 raised on August 4, 2014

A huge thank you to the bridge players of Syracuse and Rochester for supporting the Patti Lee seminar on INFERENCES.

Mary Miller did an amazing job organizing the event. 11 tables attended and donated to the Banyan Learning Tree Schools in Cambodia.

The money raised by this event will pay for a teacher for a year and a half.

The attendees enjoyed the lesson and Patti will be returning to the Rochester Regional next May with new material.

Thanks to Mary and thanks to all of the attendees, who donated so generously. Patti and the children of Cambodia are so appreciative.




June 2014
WOW!!!! WHAT A FUND RAISER!!!!
OVER $22,000 Raised on June 19, 2014

Barbara Seagram & Patti Lee wish to thank all of the attendees, donors, sponsors, and all of those, who bid on the Silent Auction.

They really deserve our support.

The Silent Auction bidding began almost a week before the event, with Patti taking bids by phone and email. The excitement rose as we got closer to the event.

The attendees seemed to love the day itself. Barbara taught a lesson on "doubles" and Patti made a presentation on Cambodia and where the money is being spent. A bridge game in the afternoon with prizes and of course, lots of coffee, a nice lunch, sweets and fruit, and door prizes for at least half of the attendees rounded out the day.

Our special thanks to Enid Roitman for all of her help before the event and all day on June 19th. She makes it all look so easy. As well thanks to Cathy Hogg, who helped us that day, and to Mirko and his staff for the wonderful food.

And most of all, thanks to you for your wonderful support. It all happens because of you!

Barbara, Patti, and the children of Cambodia are so appreciative.




February 2014
Patti Lee and her husband, Marty Arrive!

Patti Lee and her husband, Marty (who travelled from Canada), visited the BLT Schools that are supported by her and Barbara Seagram.

Patti and Marty and many of their friends from Canada supplied students at all BLT schools with toothbrushes and toothpaste, pens and pencils etc. The proceeds from the VERY successful Charity Draw held in January, were used to give 20 bicycles for needy students and workbooks for all the schools, which were distributed by Patti and Marty on their visit.

Patti had fun in the classrooms with the hand puppets she brought with her.

While there, Patti and volunteer Neroli enjoyed a night out in Phnom Penh!

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January 2014
BLT Schools Christmas Charity Draw - A SUCCESS!!!

Patti and Barbara would like to say THANK YOU to everyone for your generous support. They raised $2,440 with this draw which was held January 13. The money (every dime) goes to their/our Cambodia schools.

Patti and Barbara hoped to raise $1,500.00. They only dreamed about making $2,000.00... and they have EXCEEDED their wildest expectations with this total of $2,440.00. They are thrilled!

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June 14, 2013
Bridge Seminar, Game and Silent Auction Fundraiser

Over $15,000 was raised at this event!

Both Banyan Learning Tree Schools and A Mine Free World Foundation would like to THANK EVERYONE who attended the Patti Lee and Barbara Seagram - June 14 Bridge Seminar and Game Fundraiser!

Your extreme and continuing generosity from these fundraisers helps sustain the programmes.

So many children will benefit, as the funds you have all raised will keep the schools going AND growing for years. You should be all very proud!

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February 22, 2011
Bridge Group Helps Distribute Rotary Wheels for Learning Bicycles in Cambodia

Borey Kamakor Village near Phnom Penh

Patti Lee, Barbara Seagram and their Bridge Group from Toronto, Canada sponsored and helped to distribute 40 Rotary bicyles for children at Banyan Learning Tree school on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. Patti, Barbara, Marney and Neil from the group came to the school and helped distribute 25 of these bicycles plus dental supplies, school supplies and clothes for needy area children. We all had a great time! In attendance was Mr. Voek Samoeun, the Chief of Sangkat Dangkor in district/Khan Dangkor, Phnom Penh. The event was recorded by Cambodia Channel 5. Many thanks to school director Om Chamnap for his warm welcome to our friends from Toronto! Many of the bicycles were given to children living in villages surrounding the Choeung Ek Killing Fields.

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