Pearl S. Buck’s Legacy Inspires 250 at Annual Breakfast

An audience of 250 people was inspired at our 4th Annual Living the Legacy Fundraising Breakfast on September 19, 2014.  The breakfast recognized individuals who are continuing the legacy of Pearl S. Buck by building a global community for families and children through child sponsorship and community programs at the national historic landmark, Pearl S. Buck House.

An emotive address by Gina Rubel, President and CEO of Furia Rubel Communications gave a compelling account of how her family has been touched by their experience as child sponsors.  The keynote was followed by testimony from her sponsored child in the Philippines who communicated her gratitude to Pearl S. Buck International and Ms. Rubel. 

The audience was also inspired to hear testimony from individuals who are living the legacy. Listen to their stories in this video. If you want to become a part of the story, too, meet the children who are waiting for someone to make a difference in their lives through child sponsorship on the Opportunity House page of our website. 

 

Pearl S. Buck International Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Anniversary celebration at Margaret Mead House with the Round family Pearl S. Buck personified at gala by volunteer Susie Woodland
Anniversary celebration at Margaret Mead House
with the Round family
Pearl S. Buck personified at gala
by volunteer Susie Woodland
CEO Janet Mintzer & 2009 Woman of the Year Rosalind Wee Cultural celebration for 50th Anniversary
CEO Janet Mintzer and
2009 Woman of the Year Rosalind Wee
Cultural celebration
for 50th Anniversary

Pearl S. Buck International celebrated five decades of building a global community and continuing Pearl S. Buck’s legacy with a gala in the historic Margaret Mead house in Doylestown, PA on June 7. Sponsored by Comcast, the event was hosted by Pearl S. Buck International Board Member Helen Round, and her husband, Christopher who own the home. Special guests included David R. Breidinger, Senior Vice President, Comcast; Kira Asucena, Philippines Deputy Counsel General; Rosalind Wee, President of the Board, Pearl S. Buck Foundation, Philippines and 2009 Woman of the Year; and Beverly Lomax, The Lomax Companies. Pearl S. Buck was personified by Susie Woodland who performed in character.  Highlights of the evening included 50 pieces of exquisite pearl jewelry which was auctioned or raffled as part of the event. Entertainment was provided by Miles of Music.

Fred and Taffy Schea were winners of the $10,000 John E. Long Memorial raffle drawing.

Proceeds from the event exceeded $40,000 and will enable us to continue to uphold the Pearl S. Buck legacy well in to the future.

Pearl S. Buck International Hosts Taste of the World - Marsha Brown Creole Kitchen & Lounge & Amy's Creative Cakes Awarded Top Taste

WFMZ 69 anchor with Top Taste winners Marsha Brown Hilltown Twp. Bucks County – A culinary fusion took place at the site of the national historic landmark where Pearl S. Buck bridged the East and West on Friday, May 16 at the 10th Annual Taste of the World.

Building on the success of last year’s event, restaurants, caterers and culinary professionals vied for the coveted Top Taste title and Fan Favorite Award for entrees and desserts. WFMZ-TV69 Eve Tannery emceed the culinary competition, as more than 200 gala attendees weighed in by voting for their favorite dish in a Fan Favorite competition.

The 2013 winner, Tabora Farms & Orchard was unseated this year by Marsha Brown Creole Kitchen & Lounge, New Hope, which took home the Top Taste title in the entrée category for their Eggplant Ophelia dish. Amy’s Creative Cakes, Quakertown was crowned Top Taste for the dessert category for a chocolate cake with coconut cream filling and a ganache frosting.

Fan Favorite winner Amy’s Creative Cakes of QuakertownThe Fan Favorite entrée award went to the macaroni and cheese bar by  S&B Event Concepts & Catering, Lansdale which included three topping selections; "Sod's Seafood"; "The Rancher"; and "Italiano". The Fan Favorite dessert award was given to Shelby’s Sweet Things, Lansdale for their Sour Cream Apple Pie with crumb topping. Chadds Ford Winery, Lahaska was named the Fan Favorite Beverage.

This year’s judging panel included the distinctive palates of Kimberly Cambra, Food Editor, Local Living; Kimberly Graziano, Graziano Food & Wine Works, and Barry Sexton, The Opinionated Palate Catering Service. The evening’s agenda also included silent and live auctions as well as opportunities to purchase raffle tickets for chances to win a one-of-a-kind necklace and earring set by Bucks County metalsmith Sherry Tinsman. Chances were also sold to win $10,000 in a special drawing taking place June 7 at the organization’s 50th Anniversary Gala.

Proceeds from the Taste of the World event enable Pearl S. Buck International to build a global community through child adoption, child sponsorship and multicultural programming at the Pearl S. Buck House. Pearl S. Buck International’s mission upholds the legacy of Pulitzer and Nobel-prize winning Pearl S Buck, whose humanitarian and child advocacy efforts have touched the lives of over two million since 1949. Headquartered in Hilltown Township, Bucks County, Pearl S. Buck International (www.pearlsbuck.org) carries out its mission both domestically and internationally with a global footprint through its country offices in Taiwan, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, China and the Philippines.

 

Marketing Director, Pam Carroll appeared on Comcast Newsmakers to discuss the new Chinese Exclusion Act exhibit and other events at the Bucks County writer’s home, Pearl S Buck House

Pearl S. Buck International and Congressman Fitzpatrick Advocate for Adoption Reform

 -Pearl S Buck firmly believed that every child deserves to grow up in a loving family. The Welcome House adoption program at Pearl S. Buck International has echoed this sentiment for 65 years as it advocated for parentless children and brought them to loving families.

Pearl S. Buck International’s advocacy efforts were reinforced this week by Congressman Michael Fitzpatrick (PA-8) who co-sponsored the bipartisan Children in Families First Act (CHIFF) [H.R. 3323/S. 1530]. The legislation aims to realign structures and reallocate resources within the federal government to make children in families a priority.

“This bill offers an effective solution for an adoption system that is crippled and allows children to languish in orphanages while couples here in the United States desperately want to adopt,” said Janet Mintzer, President and CEO Pearl S. Buck International sitting alongside Congressman Fitzpatrick at a press conference in the Cultural Center on site at the historic landmark Pearl S. Buck House.

CHIFF would create a leadership position in the State Department to prioritize child welfare diplomacy and international adoptions, as well as remove duplicative regulations that slow the adoption process. This landmark, bipartisan legislation has over 45 co-sponsors in both the House and Senate, and has been recommended to the House Committees on the Judiciary and Foreign Affairs.

Adoptive families and couples who want to adopt are encouraged to check this website to see if their legislator has co-sponsored the bill www.childreninfamiliesfirst.org. If your legislator is not listed reach out to urge them to co-sponsor the bill.

“As a member of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption, I’ve committed myself to working toward sustainable, pro-family adoption policies that encourage – not discourage – the process of giving a home to every child,” Fitzpatrick said. “The Children in Families First Act has a simple goal: Realign U.S. adoption policy with the fundamental human truth that every child deserves to grow up with a loving family.”

Since 1949, Pearl S. Buck International’s Welcome House adoption program has been finding families for parentless children. Currently, the program facilitates adoptions in Costa Rica, Colombia, China and Korea. Our full continuum of adoption services includes pre-adoption information meetings, webinars, and home studies, through post-adoption counseling, respite and other resources.

Child Sponsorship Program Featured on Comcast Newsmakers

Pearl S. Buck International’s child sponsorship program, Opportunity House changes the lives of disadvantaged children. In recognition of the program’s 50th anniversary, Marketing Director Pamela Carroll appeared on Comcast Newsmakers to discuss the non-profit’s humanitarian outreach services and gave details about how to sponsor a child.

 

 


 

Esther Hewlett, Pearl S. Buck International Woman of the Year 2013

Pearl S. Buck International first named a Woman of the Year in 1979 when the honor was bestowed upon Beverly Sills. Since that time, it has been awarded to 30 recipients.  

This year’s honoree is Esther Hewlett. Inspired by Pearl S. Buck’s humanitarian work 45 years ago, Ms. Hewlett accepted Pearl Buck’s invitation to travel to Taipei to help lay the groundwork for opening a Taiwan office to serve Amerasian children. Esther’s Taiwan experience was transformative and led to her lifelong commitment to work for the rights of women around the world, the well-being of children, the power of young people to change the world, and to build a truly global community. Esther's works around the world on  humanitarian efforts on behalf of the Global Fund for Woman, New Global Citizens and the Flora Family Foundation.

"Pearl S. Buck has been my role model for 45 years, so this comes as a humbling and delightful surprise for me. I greatly admire the work of Pearl S. Buck International: Welcome House for adoption; Opportunity House for child sponsorships, and the Pearl S. Buck House for historic preservation. Most of all though, I admire Pearl S. Buck," said Hewlett in her acceptance speech.

David Yoder, chairman of the board, presents Esther Hewlett
the Pearl S. Buck International 2013 Woman of the Year Award
for Lifetime Achievement.

Read more about Esther Hewlett on our blog.

Pearl S. Buck House Reopens Following Eight Year Restoration Project

Several hundred people gathered at the Pearl S. Buck Estate on June 26 for a ribbon-cutting ceremony eight years in the making. When President and CEO, Janet Mintzer, came to Pearl S. Buck International 12 years ago, the house was in poor shape needing over $2 million in restoration. The ceremony, which featured celebrity guests and international delegates, marked the end of the costly restoration project and the reopening of the Pearl S. Buck House after a six month closure.

Pearl S. Buck International’s 2011 Woman of the Year, Karen Moyer, along with husband and former Phillies pitcher, Jamie Moyer, hosted a "meet and greet" for campaign donors prior to the public ceremony and also helped with the ribbon-cutting event. The Moyers are adoptive parents and founders of The Moyer Foundation, which supports programs that serve the critical needs of children in distress. A photo of Pearl Buck is a fixture in Karen Moyer’s office and Karen says she is “inspired by her every day.”

Following the reopening ceremony and Pearl S. Buck House ribbon-cutting, attendees were invited inside the house for self-guided tours to see the results of the restoration project and new artifacts on display. Tours of the national historic landmark home now feature increased access to collections and never displayed artifacts including select wardrobe items worn by Pearl Buck, a 1927 office Edison-Dictaphone, crystal stemware and china table settings.

Guided tours of the Pearl S. Buck House are offered Mondays at 11am, Tuesday through Saturday at 11am, 1pm and 2pm and on Sundays at 1pm and 2pm. Tours are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $6 for students and complimentary for Pearl S. Buck International members. For more information on tours and becoming a member, visit www.pearlsbuck.org/house

Pictured: Top: Jamie and Karen Moyer; Xu Ping, Chinese delegate; Susie Woodland, Pearl S. Buck International volunteer portraying Pearl S. Buck; David Yoder, Chairman of the Pearl S. Buck International Board of Directors; Joyce Barndt, Pearl S. Buck Volunteer Association President; David Breidinger, Vice Chairman of the Pearl S. Buck International Board of Directors; Wang Yangsheng, Chinese Consulate. Bottom: Karen Moyer, David Yoder, Jamie Moyer.

 

Pearl S. Buck International Awards Chefs in ‘Top Taste’ Competition at Taste of the World

The hottest event in town, Taste of the World, got even hotter this year when it turned up the heat with a Top Taste Competition with NBC10 Philadelphia’s Tim Furlong stirring the pot. Taste of the World, an annual event of Pearl S. Buck International, teamed up with Local Living Magazine to do more than food tasting – this year, they assembled the area’s finest restaurants and caterers in an amazing competition which entertained more than 350 people in attendance.

Celebrity guest judges Kimberly Cambra, food editor at Local Living Magazine, Celebrity Chef Maria Liberati, award-winning author, of The Basic Art of Italian Cooking, Master Chef Joseph Poon from Joseph Poon Chef Kitchen, and Executive Chef Barry Sexton from The Opinionated Palate judged international tapas prepared by each chef as the audience watched and enjoyed the food too.  While guests voted for their Fan Favorite entrée, dessert, and beverage, the celebrity judges discussed each entrée in detail.

In the end, the Top Taste award was presented to Chef Tom Fetters from Tabora Farm and Orchard in Chalfont for his Mediterranean Couscous, a fusion of culinary artistry. As a result of winning the competition, Chef Tom Fetters and Tabora Farm will be featured in the July/August 2013 issue of Local Living Magazine.

For the Fan Favorites, Chef Joseph Garvey, of Joey G’s Catering, tied with Pasqualina’s Chef and Owner, Peter Lochetta for the entrée, Joanne Jarin, owner and baker of The Lucky Cupcake Company, won for best dessert, and the Pearl S. Buck Volunteer Association won best beverage for their peachy punch.

“It just amazes me how interested everyone is in food competitions these days,” states Janet Mintzer, President & CEO of Pearl S. Buck International.  “It was so interesting to see everyone watching the judging so intently while eating all of the delicious food.  This event has grown in popularity the last few years with sell-out crowds, and the competition says a lot about the restaurants and caterers who participated. They gave of themselves to showcase their talents while building their presence and helping Pearl S. Buck International with our major fundraising event.  Taste of the World is a win-win experience for everyone involved, and everyone is walking away a winner.

The participating establishments at the 2013 Taste of the World included: All About Catering, Amy's Creative Cakes, Brig O'Doon Coffee House, C & C Catering Service, Chaddsford Winery, Chambers 19 Bistro & Bar, Eagles Peak Spring Water, Joey G.'s Catering, Laurie's Chocolates, The Lucky Cupcake Company, Marsha Brown Creole Kitchen, Maru Sushi and Bar, McCoole's Red Lion Inn, Memorable Affairs Catering, Moussey Moose, Pasqualina's, Piccolo Trattoria, Pearl S. Buck Volunteer Association, S & B Event Concepts and Catering, The Standard Club, Steam Pub, Tabora Farm and Orchard, The Tea Can Company, The Waterwheel Restaurant, Uncle Harold's Barn Good Chips, and Wegman's Food Markets.

Docent Susie Woodland as Pearl S. Buck with Top Taste award recipient, Chef Tom Fetters, Tabora Farm and Orchard.

Docent Susie Woodland as Pearl S. Buck with Top Taste award recipient, Chef Tom Fetters, Tabora Farm and Orchard.

Pearl S. Buck House Wins Keystone 20th Anniversary Award

The Pearl S. Buck House, located in Hilltown, Bucks County, received the Keystone Recreation, Park, & Conservation Fund’s 20th Anniversary Award for Exemplary Historic Preservation for “creating real and lasting improvements and making the community a better place to live” at the Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg on March 18th, 2013.

Teri Mandic, vice president of programs at Pearl S. Buck International, accepted the award on Monday, March 18, with State Representative Paul Clymer among other dignitaries in attendance.  Funding from Keystone Recreation, Park, & Conservation totaling $135,000 was used to begin a campaign in 2005 to raise $2.8 million for the preservation of the Pearl S. Buck House.

“Pennsylvania has been home to many successful authors and human rights leaders whose stories inspire and excite future generations,” said Janet L. Mintzer, president and CEO, Pearl S. Buck International. “Thanks to the Keystone Fund, visitors to the Pearl S. Buck House will have access to more than a historic tour about an award-winning author. The Pearl S. Buck House tour promotes the legacy of one woman with one vision that has changed over 2 million lives and counting.”

The third and final phase of the restoration of the house is currently underway and a grand reopening is planned for June 26, 2013, 6:00 pm, also Pearl S. Buck’s 121st birthday. Register for this complimentary public event at: www.pearlsbuck.org/opening. Pearl S. Buck International invites the public to join the “Home Stretch” campaign to raise the remaining $424,815 needed to complete the preservation project of the Pearl S. Buck House. For more information, visit www.pearlsbuck.org/stretch or contact Tony Luna, vice president of relationship development at tluna@pearlsbuck.org or 215-249-0100 x130.

James Vaughan, executive director of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and Teri Mandic, vice president of programs at Pearl S. Buck International.

 

Media Contact Information

Pamela Carroll, Marketing Director
pcarroll@pearlsbuck.org

215-249-0100 ext. 157

© Copyright 2000-2014 Pearl S. Buck International®

Write a Review with Great NonprofitsGuidestarPANO Standards for Excellence SealCombined Federal CampaignChildrens Charities of America Federation   Pearl S. Buck International Best Nonprofit to Work For 2014Pearl S Buck supports members of our military