Archived entries for fundraising

First annual MDA Muscle Walk was a huge success!

First, I wanted to say thank you to all my friends and family members that supported me in beating my $500 goal. We not only beat my goal, but I also received contributions from 10 people. Even if you didn’t donate, spreading the word and passing the message along helped too. In total, the event raised $62,000 towards research and program costs that battle more than 100 different forms of muscle disabling diseases.

If you didn’t know, MDA in Washington is partnered with some of the leading institutions that fight diseases and cancer including University of Washington Medical Center, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research, Seattle Children’s and the SCCA. The money is being put to good use. Once the code has been cracked with this disease, it’s going to help eliminate a lot of pain, struggle and heartache many families like ours face today.

I wanted to also say thank you to SmugMug for sponsoring my campaign by providing me with free prints for the posters and postcards that I will be sending to my generous donors. SmugMug is my online gallery and printing service for KVW Photo and has provided an amazing service for me and my clients for the past two years. If you’re ever in need of a reliable, friendly, affordable printing solution, check them out. I couldn’t be more happy with my experience with them.

[Originally posted on, my personal blog]

Beautifully sung Star Spangled Banner.

Our fearless leader and MDA Executive Director, Liz Truong with Seahawk Roy Lewis

Fundraising for the 2011 Muscle Walk Northwest

Philanthro has been a great experience so far, but I also wanted to highlight another aspect of philanthropy that I am a part of. I recently joined as a member of the newly formed Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Young Professional Committee, or MDA YPC for short. Crazy acronyms rights? Well the short story is that this amazing national organization has started a new YPC to expand the influence MDA already has within the Washington state community. It’s an expansive network of people with an even more amazing history of support for families who need an extra helping hand.

The YPC’s first participating event is the 2011 Muscle Walk that is happening on Saturday, February 12th at Qwest Field. Our team’s goal is to fundraise $500, but I’m making $500 a personal goal of mine. I’ve already had two generous donations totaling to $150. With two weeks to go, I’m hoping you can help me get there soon. Contributions from $1 to $10 or more are all welcome. There’s never too little to give. If you can’t give, that’s okay! But please pass the word on.

All donations will receive a custom postcard just as a thank you. Donations over $50 will receive a 20×30 print enlargement. See what it looks like below.

Get me up to $500!

Haiti fundraiser: Portraits of Tilden + family

Back in January, my dearest friend Billy Shih did something amazing for his birthday. He inspired friends, family members, and strangers to make a difference when Haiti was struck by a tragic force leaving the area in ruins. Billy stepped up and helped raise over $16,000 from over 100 individual in donations for Doctors without Borders. How did he do it? Well read below from an old family friend, Jamie Hsu:

I think this is a great story, because I remember how I was 10+ years ago, and I was not as selfless.

Back when Haiti experienced that devastating, Kevin Wong ( and some of his friends wanted to find a way to procure donations for relief efforts to Haiti. They started pimping themselves out to help people move or “whatever” in exchange for donations.

I have known Kevin all of his life as we grew up as family friends. And I know that Kevin is an extremely talented photographer.

So in exchange for a donation to Doctors Without Borders, Kevin agreed to take some family photos for us.

We went for the Fun Forest as the setting because of its impending closure.

Thank you Kevin for capturing these for us. Treasure!

Again friends, it’s He’s local and he’s available for you and your family.

***Edited to add: They raised over $15,000!

More to come!

Tying the knot: Jennifer + Byung Kim

You made a difference. Let’s keep it going.

I’m writing this on a Sunday evening after being dominated in Settlers of Catan, over and over again. For those unfamiliar, it’s a new board game my friends and I have been obsessing over recently. While my spirits are down from 4 consecutive loses, I remembered that something amazing happened this past weekend: We nailed the $10,000 goal.

In seven days, Billy beat his original goal 10x greater than he originally planned. It is an incredible milestone that many of us are proud to have witnessed. There is still time and a new goal has been established. Instead of just focusing on donations, the focus now includes having more people like you to participate. By January 31st, we want to see 100 donors be a part of Billy’s Birthday Mission.

Every little bit counts and we still need your help. Help us reach out and find 100 donors. Help us reach out and earn $15,000 towards Haiti earthquake relief. I believe we can do this together. We can do this today. Let us know.

Another news update: I’m also happy to report that I am close to reaching my own personal goal of $2,000 by offering a couple wedding photography packages and five 2-hour sessions for donations of $1,000+ and $100+ respectively. With one wedding secured, and five sessions scheduled, I am currently at $1,800. Your generosity is inspiring and a blessing for those who have lost everything in Haiti. Please continue to share this story and let others know that they can also make a difference. A difference could mean making a donation, or simply creating awareness.

I still have one more free wedding photography package available to give away to a new engaged couple for 2010. Please contact me for more details if you’re interested or if you think I would be a good fit for someone you know who is getting married. I’d be more than happy to share my time to learn how we can help Haiti through photography. Let’s talk! =)

Unfortunately no further photo sessions can be scheduled at this time. However, if you are in need of photos taken, I encourage you to check out Style-ish photographers, Tiffany and Jared, who are also offering similar ways to help Haiti for their time and talents. Check out Style-ish Photography.

Finally, if you’re on Facebook, Twitter or you have an account with a website that includes a profile photo, use the photo above to share our story. It’s one of the easiest ways you make a difference. Thank you.

Kevin Wong

Closing in on $10,000 for Haiti!

I just wanted to give an update on the progress so far with fundraising. Within 24 hours, I received interest from friends and friends of friends who wanted to take me up on the photography deal (of the century!). I have a wonderful couple, Jennifer Kim and Byung Kim who agreed to donate $1,000 for the wedding photography package. Thank you guys so much for the donation. It has made a huge impact on our effort and we’re feeling even better about hitting the $10,000 goal.

One more free wedding photography package

If you’re a couple who was considering my $1,000 offer, you’re in luck! I’m going to extend the offer to one more couple. If you are planning your wedding for 2010 and still in need of a photographer, donate at least $1,000 to Doctors Without Borders and I will shoot your wedding for FREE!* The package includes:

  • Pre-wedding consultation
  • My time for as long as you need me as well as a second photographer
  • Online gallery for proofs, sharing and prints
  • Artistic treatment (skin and color enhancements, B&W, etc)
  • Engagement session (up to 2 hours)
  • Travel anywhere
  • *There will be some costs for expenses like album, prints, DVD of negatives and potential travel

Existing clients

For my existing clients, any donations that you make, or your wedding party makes by January 31st, I will lower your price dollar for dollar up to $1,000. Woohoo!

2 hour photography sessions still available

I still have 3 more spots open on the 2 hour photo session offer. I’m no longer limiting that to just the end of April, but through the end of 2010. So if you’re in need of summer portraits or you want me to photograph your puppy, let me know!

Everything counts, even $1

Finally, smaller donations are also welcome! Everyone that donates, even if it’s just $1 will get something. If you like any of my images, you can have them as wallpapers, or get enlargements at wholesale rate.

Thank you from our hearts

Special thank you to all those who have supported the cause and donated your hard earned money / time. We’re making a difference together and it’s inspiring to see the cooperation between different groups of people to help provide for survivors of the Haitian earthquake. Billy continues to work hard towards reaching the $10,000 goal and is deeply touched by all those who are willing to contribute even by spreading the word. So thank you again for even reading this. =)

Help spread the word!

If you blog, or you’re on Twitter, Facebook or any other social network, you can use this copy and paste friendly text to help us out:

My friend, Kevin, is doing a fundraiser for Haitian earthquake relief by offering his photography. Donate and he will help you with family portraits, weddings and more. He is helping his friend Billy reach his goal of $10,000. Learn more at Billy’s website: or learn more about Kevin at

My friend, Billy, is doing a fundraiser for Haitian earthquake relief by offering his free time. Donate and he will do something of equal value for you. He is close to reaching his goal of $10,000, please help him out. Learn more at his website:

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