A Sweet Victory – Freeman Asian Scholars Association Late-Night Fundraising

“Food is more than just something to satiate hunger… food brings people together… food reminds me of home”. This was written by an avid food enthusiast from the Freeman Asian Scholars Association Class of 2013 and appropriately captures the different aspects of Freeman Asian Scholars Association’s successful fundraising initiative.

On a Sunday night, Dec. 5th 2011, the Freeman Asian Scholars Association (FASA) organized a late-night Asian dessert sale, providing delectable sweet and savory treats to Wesleyan students needing an energy boost from studying. We aimed to raise funds for the Freeman Asian Scholars Association scholarship so that an international student may attend Wesleyan who does not come from the 11 countries covered by the scholarship.

The evening’s sweet delicacies included bubble tea, mochi, sago and egg tarts. We also served Mi Goreng, an Indonesian spicy fried noodle dish, for those in the mood for something savory. The late-night allowed students to take a break from work, sit and mingle with others in the lounge and experience different flavors from our home cultures.

The event’s delicious desserts were prepared and sold by the Freeman Asian Scholars Association Class of 2014, with the facilitative support of the Freeman Asian Scholars Association ExCo. From this, it became especially evident that the Freshman Class of 2014 is truly a tight-knit group of exuberant and hardworking culinary masters-in-the-making. This was, therefore, not just a success story for Freeman Asian Scholars Association, but for the current freshman class as well!

The Freeman Asian Scholars Association event had a great turnout and raised a grand total of $867.85! This sizeable bounty would not have been possible without the contributions of the Freeman Asian Scholars Association ExCo, FASA members, Gina and John Driscoll, Chinese House, German Haus, Full House, 200 Church, John Kehoe of Bon Appétit and all who took time to come down to spend money in support of us. We really appreciate all the support that has been given to help the Freeman Asian Scholars Association realize our mission, and we look forward to the continued involvement.