They once played on the same high school volleyball team and now – some seven years and 2,500 miles later – San Marino High School graduates Pamela Hung and Kelly Mar – will be running the 2016 Boston Marathon for charity.
Pamela, 25, a 2009 graduate of San Marino High School, will represent the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, or BCNC. She has a goal of raising $9,500 to benefit BCNC’s family-centered services for children, youth and families. “Pamela’s application to run stood out because of her dedication and commitment to BCNC’s mission,” said Kelly Yardley, BCNC development associate.
A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Pamela is an active member of Boston’s Asian American community, serving as the President of the Taiwanese American Professionals organization and as a member of the steering committee for the Saffron Circle, a multi-generational and multi-ethnic Asian giving circle located in Greater Boston.
“BCNC is a Boston community institution that makes the city a more welcoming place for Asian immigrants,” Pamela said. “My parents emigrated to the U.S. from Taiwan and I know that if I had just arrived in Boston from a different country, BCNC would be a home away from home for me, too.” This is Pamela’s first marathon and she admits to it being a “dream come true” for her, in terms of her participation this year.
Donations to Pamela’s cause can be made at www.crowdrise.com/TeamBCNC2016/fundraiser/pamelahung
Kelly Mar has been accepted to participate in the upcoming Boston Marathon to help raise money and awareness for the National Spinal Cord Injury Association, Greater Boston Chapter. Kelly, a 2010 graduate of San Marino High School, became involved in the organization when her best friend was involved in a horrific car accident three years ago that left her paralyzed from the neck down as the result of being hit by a drunk driver. Kelly flew home from college in 2013 during a short holiday weekend to be with her friend and is running in her honor. Donations to Kelly’s cause may be made at https://friendraising2.donorpro.com/campaigns/128/personal/12018.
Any and all donations are appreciated.