A Night for a Cause, Fundraising for Scholars, raises $8K
written by Darlene Cuevas
WINNIPEG – The 2023 Fundraising Event organized by the Filipino Members
Chapter (FMC) of Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba (EGM) in collaboration
with the Mario T. Mance, P.Eng. Memorial Scholarship Foundation
(Mance Foundation) for this year’s round of scholarships and bursaries was
held at the Philippine Canadian Centre of Manitoba (PCCM) this Friday, May 26.
The event saw more than 230 attendees who welcomed the last weekend of the month in the company of OnThe Que Band's live music, with mostly Original Pilipino Music (OPM) songs making up their performance set.
A dinner catered by Ger Salakot Restaurant kickstarted the night as all-Filipino dishes were served, including the famous gathering staples of pansit and lumpia as well as Pinoy desserts, such as kutsinta and puto, that bring the distinctive taste of the Philippines anywhere and in any plate.
The atmosphere felt warm and grounding, and the joyous air served as a reminder that this gathering was a celebration of the vibrant community Filipinos have built here in Winnipeg and an ongoing challenge to uplift those who dream of pursuing careers in the engineering field.
As a testimony to the opportunities the scholarship provides, 2020 Mario T. Mance, P.Eng. Memorial Scholarship recipient Jerson Alex, one of the Chapter’s 59 scholars – 39 bursaries from FMC and 20 scholarship grants from Mance Foundation – and now a University of Manitoba Electrical Engineering graduate, took the stage to share his experience.
In the presence of FMC’s Executive Committee officers, including representatives from the foundation, attendees were left inspired by this brief insight into how life-changing these scholarships and bursaries can be.
With four (4) other award categories – Manitoba Newcomers, 30 by 30 - Women in Engineering or Geoscience, Member-in-Training, and Road to P.Eng or P.Geo – currently being offered by the Chapter, FMC continues to be the largest chapter of EGM that fosters a supportive environment amongst its engineering students, interns, and professionals.
Performances from other talents included Neil Cruz and Klayd Gatdula as well as the Chapter’s very own Jeanette Kiamco Perez, EIT, MMgt on the ukulele and Patrick Mayuga on OnThe Que Band’s percussion.
Eight (8) raffle tickets, sponsored by Toni Bobongo of Century 21 Advanced Realty, also got drawn, while everyone set sights on a grand prize of two (2) Eraserheads concert tickets, sponsored by Alex Canlapan of ACC Events and Services.
With a net total of more than $8,000 raised in just one night, the FMC Executive Committee looks forward to hosting another fundraiser for incoming scholars.
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