Former AAJA National President Sharon Chan got the whole crowd laughing during her lightning talk at the AAJA National Convention on dating and marrying a fellow journalist. The presentation featured several fun photos of Sharon’s husband — and former First Man of AAJA — Danny O’Neil. At the end of the talk, Sharon talked about why he was a keeper. Among those reasons — a willingness to donate to AAJA!
And Danny, who works at 710 ESPN Seattle, has done it again. In honor of their upcoming wedding anniversary, Danny has donated $500 toward the Power of One Campaign and he has challenged AAJA Seattle to match that amount on Twitter:
Attention @aajaseattle: In honor of my lovely wife, I am issuing a $500 challenge donation to Power of One. Can the chapter match by Friday?
AAJA Seattle has had an amazing history of fundraising. We can do this! Join me and donate now.
Through the generous donations of members and others, the Power of One campaign helps funds valuable programs such as MediaWatch, which holds news organizations accountable for fair and accurate coverage of Asian Americans and J Camp and VOICES, which provides valuable experience and mentoring for high school and college students.
AAJA is aiming to reach a goal $15,000 by this Friday. Currently, the campaign has $1,300 to go. Matching Danny’s generous $500 donation would put a huge dent toward reaching the goal.
In addition, if the $15,000 goal is reached by Friday, AAJA executive director Kathy Chow has agreed to donate an additional $1,500. And every dollar above $15,000 will go toward the AAJA’s endowment, which funds AAJA’s future projects.
If you donate, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can keep track!
(Finally, AAJA Seattle needs to show the San Francisco chapter WHO IS BOSS.)
This post has been corrected to include the right amount Kathy Chow will donate if the Power of One goal is reached.