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ICHS Turns 50

ICHS Turns 50

Make a gift to ICHS for our 50th Anniversary!

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International Community Health Services’ story is about the love, care, commitment and compassion that members of the community have dedicated for one another.

Just as we did 50 years ago, ICHS provides culturally and linguistically appropriate health and wellness services, and promotes health equity for all.

Thank You

On behalf of all of us at ICHS, we'd like to extend our deepest gratitude to all of our event donors who helped us raise $312,000 for uncompensated care at our 50th Anniversary Gala! 

It was an amazing night! Our largest fundraiser to date, with over 400 guests in attendance to help ICHS keep health care access alive. 

All proceeds will go directly to providing health services for our uninsured and underinsured patients who otherwise would not be able to afford their care.

Thank you for ensuring health care access for immigrants, refugees and all those in our community in need of healthcare!

    Our testimonial speaker of the night - Kia Truong

    From Patient to Leader

    Kia is a first-generation immigrant with a strong connection to ICHS’ founding mission. After she and her family escaped from the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia and left a refugee camp in Vietnam, ICHS was their first healthcare provider in America.

    Kia and her family started coming to ICHS as patients over 25 years ago. Through ICHS, not only did Kia find linguistically and culturally appropriate health services, she also grew as a part of the ICHS community, embodying our dedication to serve immigrant and refugee patients and all who seek our services no matter their background.

    “My family and I are very appreciative of ICHS, its inclusive services and all the caring and professional providers.

    Because we’ve experienced the process of how difficult it is to seek healthcare here, I really wanted to be part of ICHS and give back to help patients with similar struggles.”

    Our 50th Anniversary Bamboo Award for Health honorees: 

    • Asian Counseling & Referral Services
    • Dr. Alan Chun
    • Alan Hoshino
    • Dr. Kimo Hirayama
    • Paul Mar

    Meet our hosts for the evening!

    Meet our emcees! Bennyroyce Royon and Christine Pae

    Bennyroyce is passionate about performing arts, education, and community building through the arts. 

    Born in San Pedro, Laguna, Philippines, Bennyroyce studied Filipino folk dances at a young age. After moving to the US, he went on to study dance at The Juilliard School in NYC. He has performed on Broadway, and has toured all over the US, Canada, and Europe. 

    As an award-winning choreographer, he is the Founder & Producing Artistic Director of BENNYROYCE DANCE, a project-based contemporary dance company, and has created original works for professional ballet companies, dance colleges, and schools. He is an Artist in Residence and the Social, Arts, and Culture Program Manager at the Filipino Community of Seattle

    His favorite movie quote is “There's no place like home.” - The Wizard of Oz.

    Christine Pae is an Emmy-nominated news anchor and reporter for KING-TV in Seattle. You can watch her anchoring on weekdays, 7 a.m. on KONG and at noon on KING. She also reports for KING’s weekly health news series, HealthLink. 

    Christine’s career has taken her to all corners of the U.S. – from California, to the south and southwest, and now, to beautiful Western Washington. 

    Christine is a second-generation Korean-American born raised in Southern California. She loves the outdoors and seafood, so she has felt very much at home in the Pacific Northwest. She enjoys cooking, gardening, reading, paddling, and discovering where to get a great cappuccino around town. Yoga and hiking are her exercise of choice, and her favorite sport to watch is baseball – Go M’s! 

    Her favorite movie quote is "Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present." - Kung Fu Panda

    ICHS reflects on 50 years

    Today, ICHS provides care to thousands of patients each year in 10 locations throughout the region, but its journey started in very humble circumstances five decades ago. ICHS’ history is a story of the love, caring, commitment and compassion that residents have for their community and for each other.

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