Annual TBC Thanksgiving Fundraising Dinner – Feast of Bartimaeus
Join us for our annual Thanksgiving fundraiser dinner!
In the Jesuit tradition of being of service to those in need and in the spirit of giving thanks, we invite you to join our annual fundraiser dinner event on Sunday, November 17, 2019. This year’s theme will be the “Feast of Bartimaeus” and will be held at the University of International Business and Economics International Exchange Mansion, with our university, non-profit and business partners, scholars, professors, alumni, students, and their families!
We are expecting to bring together 200 local and international guests. The event will be comprised of two parts: a Pre-Dinner event with interactive activities for our guests, students, children and service learning partners, followed by the Dinner program.
If you are interested in buying a table, donating or becoming a sponsor, please contact us at [email protected] for further discussion.
One of the distinguishing features of a Jesuit education is the inclusion of community service in the curriculum. Service to others is an integral part of the Jesuit ideal in educating the whole person – a value developed by St. Ignatius of Loyola and his followers in the Society of Jesus more than 450 years ago. Today, TBC is committed to keeping our Jesuit foundation and its values alive, by building and engaging a passionate community that extends its efforts in not just giving back – but making the world (or at least a part of it) a far better place. TBC is honored to have a chance to make a difference in partnership with Bethel China and the Migrant Children’s Foundation. These foundations are dedicated to improving the lives of children through created opportunities.
|Bethel China Foundation
What started out as a single foster home for blind orphans, has expanded into the ‘Love is Blind’ project, that now runs five centers for blind children – each center with a different focus. The centers provide high quality care, education, life skills, and livelihood opportunities targeting areas such as early intervention, primary school, high school, and long-term care. To find out more about Bethel and their contributions, visit their website here.
|Migrant Children’s Foundation
The dedicated volunteers at MCF work tirelessly to provide children in need, with a quality life and education in a variety of subjects. Through a holistic approach to a child’s well-being, MCF uses its resources to help children and families overcome financial and health-related hardships. Read more about MCF’s inspiring work, their volunteers, and how they better the lives of disadvantaged families, here.
The Beijing Center
As a member of the World Jesuit Education Network, “Service to Others” is deeply rooted in the TBC’s values. Every student who comes to TBC will participate in TBC Service Learning Program, going to the local child welfare agency in Beijing to volunteer: teaching English, painting the classroom, making Chinese knots and playing games with the children, etc.
2019 Fall Volunteer activities:
- 9/21: Bethel
- 10/19: 5L2F
- 11/2: MCF
- 11/16: Bethel
Not only is it because of the mission of giving back, but also because of the grateful heart, we look back and give back, and once again, we can see the future more clearly.
Our Partner Universities
All of TBC’s partner universities partake in giving back through different service learning programs. Below are highlights of just a few examples of our partner’s service learning programs:
Fairfield UniversityVolunteers assist with the afterschool programs by helping with homework, reinforcing English language skills, playing games and sports with the children, and acting as positive role models. Learn more.
Fordham UniversityLoukoumi joined forces with students in the Fordham Kiwanis Club to sell handmade bracelets and toys and create get-well cards for patients at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Learn more.
Georgetown UniversityVolunteers put together tote bags for homeless children, which included a warm blanket, a book, a personal note from the volunteer, and a stuffed animal to snuggle. Learn more.
Marquette UniversityEach year, nearly 1,500 students, staff and alumni serve at 45–50 nonprofit work sites, such as food banks, homeless shelters and other organizations. Learn more.
Established in 1998, TBC is a not-for-profit center of higher education and research in Mainland China committed to fostering mutual understanding between China and the rest of the world through cultural exchange, education, and research.
We achieve our mission by offering an outstanding immersive semester abroad program, short-term programs tailored for your group’s best initial engagement with China, and a research library with over 27,000 volumes in English used by scholars not only in China, but from around the world.
Around 300 to 400 students per year come to TBC with short-term faculty-led programs from all over the world.