2nd Anna Bui fundraiser raises over $50,000

World of Hope Scholarship helps students study abroad
By Brandon Gustafson | Aug 08, 2018
Photo by: Brandon Gustafson The Vietnamese lion dance was a favorite among the crowd as it got up close and personal with many of the attendees.

With the help of generous community members, the second annual Anna Bui World of Hope Scholarship Fundraiser raised more than $50,000 to help University of Washington Bothell students study abroad.

In the wake of the 2016 shooting in Mukilteo that killed Anna Bui along with Jordan Ebner and Jake Long, Bui’s family wished to keep her name and legacy alive.

Anna Bui had recently come back from traveling across the world, and her sister, Anny, said it was the happiest Anna had ever been.

As a result, Anny and her brother David approached the University of Washington Bothell about finding a way to create a scholarship in Anna’s name so students could travel the world.

“Anny and David came to me about two years ago and asked if we could help them figure out how to make a scholarship in Anna’s name to help students,” said Sean Marsh, assistant vice chancellor at UW Bothell. “They didn’t really know much about how that would work, or what that would look like, all they asked was to help them figure it out because they thought it would help bring some happiness and hope to a time of tragedy.”

This resulted in the Anna Bui World of Hope Scholarship, which is funded through the Anna Bui World of Hope Scholarship Fundraiser, which took place for the second time at Rosehill Community Center on Thursday, Aug. 2.

More than 150 people attended the fundraiser, according to James Anderson, an Alumni Engagement and Philanthropy manager for UW Bothell who has helped organize the event the last two years.

The event featured a variety of activities, such as a silent auction, a mystery wine wheel, food from Vietnam, a Vietnamese lion dance for good luck and prosperity, and a live auction led by Stephen Kilbreath, a King 5 traffic and weather reporter.

Items sold in the live auction included travel packages, wine tasting, and tickets to Seahawks, Mariners, and the University of Washington Huskies football team.

Kilbreath's co-worker, Mukilteo resident Mark Wright, emceed the event.

Wright wanted to draw attention to the Bui family for organizing the event with UW Bothell, and to the family of Jordan Ebner, who also attended the event.

“Anna Bui, Jordan Ebner and Jake Long were the three young people, our friends, our loved ones who didn’t make it two years ago at that house party, so I just wanted to call attention to Brad and Nikki Ebner; it’s good to have you here,” Wright said.

Wright wanted to make sure the main reason they were there was to honor the victims and show the importance of love and compassion in the wake of tragedy.

“Tonight is about one thing, and I’ve thought about it a lot over the last few days. Tonight is about honoring the lives lost two years ago, and it’s about more than honoring them,” Wright said. “It’s showing that love will always triumph over hate.

“In this world, we can’t control what hateful people do to us. What we can control is how we respond. And this is an example of an incredible response of love that stems from a horrific event.”

Attendees had the opportunity to see their money in action, as a video from Saba Moghim, the first-ever recipient of the Anna Bui World of Hope Scholarship, played on the big screen.

Moghim, a senior at UW Bothell, is getting her degree in public health, and plans on attending nursing school. Through the Anna Bui World of Hope Scholarship, she was able to study abroad in Italy.

“I learned more about myself, the history of Europe, and the beauties of Italy than I ever could have imagined,” she said. “Without this experience, I wouldn’t be the person I am today, with a strong passion to learn more about the world, history, different cultures, and having a greater perspective.

“I’m so grateful and blessed to you guys for contributing to my study abroad experience. I will never forget how much of a positive impact that made on my study abroad journey and my life.”

Wright was emotional when talking about seeing his son return home from college, as he was one of the Kamiak grads who was at the house party who survived.

“I’m just going to be really honest with you for a minute, and I hope I can hold it together,” he said. “My son is studying at Gonzaga. Every time he comes home, I get a pit in my stomach, and I think of Anna and Jordan and Jake, and I think of their moms and dads, and I literally hurt because my son who was there that night is alive and they’re not. And it’s hard.”

Wright commended all the people who attended the fundraiser for making a positive difference.

“I just want you to know that tonight is about making something good out of that and to pay it forward,” Wright said. “So when you raise the paddle and you bid on these things, and you show up tonight, you’re making something good out of something that was really, really rotten.”

Anny Bui spoke about the importance of the event to her and her family.

“The most beautiful things in life are not things. They’re people, places, memories, moments, smiles, and laughter,” she said. “Even in the midst of pain and darkness, we can find hope. This scholarship and event that my family has created has been a part of our healing process.”

David Bui, Anna’s older brother, was speechless when addressing the crowd.

“I can’t put into words what it means for you guys to come out and give your time and money to this foundation,” he said “It will affect a lot of people for time to come.”

A group of Kamiak grads that Anna was in choir with came together to sing, and after the auction was completed, participated in a balloon release.

 

Anny Bui, Anna Bui’s older sister, leading a toast for all the attendees of the Anna Bui World of Hope Scholarship Fundraiser. (Photo by: Brandon Gustafson)
Event organizers are all smiles after a successful event. This year’s fundraiser raised more than $50,000. (Photo by: Brandon Gustafson)
The lion from the lion dance and its “tamer” sending their best wishes to the audience. (Photo by: Brandon Gustafson)
King 5 anchorman Mark Wright, the event’s emcee, was all smiles throughout much of the night. (Photo by: Brandon Gustafson)
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