The China Beauty Charity Fund ("CBCF") was established in 2011 in honor of Yue-Sai Kan by the Shanghai Soong Ching Ling Foundation, one of the most important and trusted charitable foundations in China. Madam Soong Ching Ling, the late wife of the founder of modern-day China Dr. Sun Yat Sen, devoted her life to the betterment of women and children in China. During her lifetime, she founded schools, hospitals and also hosted many cultural exchanges between China and foreign countries.
Yue-Sai Kan has been actively involved with charities and the Shanghai Soong Ching Ling Foundation for many years. To recognize the many charitable and social contributions Yue-Sai has made to the Chinese society over the past few decades, the Shanghai Soong Ching Ling Foundation sanctioned the establishment of the China Beauty Charity Fund. Yue-Sai was appointed Ambassador and Chairman of the Governing Committee. This is a tremendous and rare honor for a non-Chinese citizen (Yue-Sai is a citizen of the United States). To ensure transparency and accountability, all funds collected and used on behalf of the CBCF will be monitored under a separate financial statement and audited by the leading global accounting firm of Ernst & Young, which has volunteered to be an independent external auditing partner.
The CBCF is to support the following areas:
- Relevant charitable activities of Miss Universe China
- International academic and cultural exchanges as they relate to health and education
- TV and Film productions and education in this area
- Education of the esthetics of beauty and the welfare of women and children
- Charitable projects for women and children, e.g. The Shanghai Soong Qing Ling Foundation's Safety for Mother and Child Program
- Finance other public welfare work which conforms to the aims of the CBCF as approved by the Governing Committee.
The CBCF is presently forming its advisory board consisting of outstanding, internationally renowned individuals. The advisory board members are in the arts, music, architecture, beauty, film and etc. They have all made a lasting impact and have beautified the world and China in particular. One such board member is music legend Quincy Jones. They will help identify other worthy causes and develop ties with individuals around the world who can support to the CBCF's programs and provide advice as to how the CBCF can best be governed.
The Friends of China Beauty Charity Fund, a US charity, was formed in New York State to provide additional support to the CBCF, among others. This entity is qualified as 501 (c)(3) organization with the US Internal Revenue Service and is intended to give US donors a tax deduction for their contributions and will also provide funds to the CBCF, among others.
In 2012, there are three major donations from the CBCF:
- To benefit the Safety for Mother and Child Program with which Yue-Sai has worked for many years. This program assists some of the poorest rural areas of China, including Guangxi Province, where the mortality rate of babies is 15%. This high mortality rate, and sometimes even the death of the mother when giving birth, results from various factors such as child delivery in unsanitary conditions. For years the Soong Ching Ling Foundation has been building and improving clinics to address these needs. In November 2010, Yue-Sai chaired the Shanghai Soong Ching Ling Foundation charity dinner, raising a total of 1.5 million US dollars. The money assisted a total 10 hospitals in Guangxi Province and 4 hospitals in Yunnan Province to procure ambulances, medical equipment and trained doctors.
- To benefit Operation Smile, an organization which helps fund surgeries for children with Cleft Lip. This is part of the global initiative of Miss Universe Organization. Already in China the organization has done thousands of surgeries to improve lives. Miss Universe China will be responsible for at least 500 surgeries this year.
- To benefit the 15th Shanghai International Film Festival. The Festival is the most important annual film festival in China. Yue-Sai has been involved as the head of Celebrity Invitation Committee for 6 years. This year, the CBCF will be giving four scholarships in the total amount of RMB 2 million to provide hard costs to four female directors to create movies that speak to women and society issues.
Yue-Sai Kan - President/Founder
Yue-Sai Kan, a household name in China, is an Emmy-winning television producer, entrepreneur, fashion icon, bestselling author and humanitarian. People magazine called her "the most famous woman in China" and Time magazine proclaimed her "the Queen of the Middle Kingdom."
Yue-Sai was born in Guilin, China to a family with a rich artistic background. Her father, Kan Wing-Lin was a revered traditional Chinese painter and calligrapher. In 1966, while studying as a piano major at Brigham Young University in Hawaii, Yue-Sai entered the Narcissus Flower Beauty Pageant sponsored by the local Chinese Chamber of Commerce, and became second runner-up. In 1972, she moved to New York City and later formed Yue-Sai Kan Productions and created her first major TV production, a weekly series called "Looking East", introducing Asian cultures and customs to a growing and receptive American audience. The series garnered critical acclaim and won dozens of awards. As described by the New York Times: "Few people are able to bridge the East and West, but Yue-Sai Kan can, and does it with beauty, intelligence and grace." The series "Looking East" stayed on the air for 12 years, the last 2 years on the Discovery Channel. Based on this and other work Yue-Sai is credited as the first TV journalist to connect the East and West.
In 1984, PBS invited Yue-Sai to host the first live broadcast from China on the occasion of the 35th Anniversary of the People's Republic of China. Two years later the television series "One World" produced and hosted by Yue-Sai aired on China's national television network CCTV, with a weekly viewership of 300 million, giving many Chinese their first glimpse of the outside world. Her broadcast captivated the entire nation and made her a household name. Both the script and video were later used as teaching materials in schools across China and her easy television style has influenced a generation of TV journalists in China. In the United States, Yue-Sai Kan's other TV credits include the ABC documentary "China Walls and Bridges", which earned her a coveted Emmy Award. "Journey through a Changing China", which was syndicated across the country, was so powerful that it was publicly lauded in The Congressional Record. And the popular series "Mini Dragons" and "Doing Business in Asia", broadcast on PBS, fed the West's growing hunger for information on the East. Yue-Sai has continued to produce a variety of television series aimed at raising the Chinese consciousness about the latest international lifestyle trends, including segments for the popular TV program "Half of the Sky", "Yue-Sai's World" and "Yue-Sai's Expo". Yue-Sai Kan has filmed in more than 25 counties, created thousands of programs, and had her programs broadcast all over the globe.
In 1992, Yue-Sai successfully transformed herself from a TV personality to an entrepreneur by creating the Yue-Sai cosmetics brand which is recognized by over 90% of the Chinese population today, and started a revolution in by encouraging Chinese women to be proud of their image. The brand grew into China's leading Cosmetics Company, selling products in over 800 outlets through 18 regional offices in China's major markets. Forbes reported that Yue-Sai Kan has become "China's new role model and is changing the face of the Middle Kingdom, one lipstick at a time". In 2004, L'Oreal purchased Yue-Sai Kan Cosmetics Ltd. and the Yue-Sai brand name for its cosmetics line. Yue-Sai Kan is now the Honorary Vice Chairman of L'Oreal China.
Yue-Sai Kan has written 7 best-selling books in China, making her the first to dispense valuable tips in television production, beauty and etiquette to the modern Chinese. This includes "Yue-Sai's Guide to Asian Beauty" which provides instruction on basic makeup techniques, which instantly became a must-have handbook for the Chinese Woman. She introduced international social standards to China with her book "Etiquette for the Modern Chinese", and her books "The Chinese Gentleman" and "The Complete Chinese Woman" served as virtual training manuals for volunteers at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2010 Shanghai World Expo. Her latest publication is "Exquisite Spaces, 25 Top Interior Designers of the World", a coffee table book featuring design philosophies and tips from world-class designers, and their works. It was the first time that an interior design book of such magnitude was made available in China.
By letter dated January 6, 2011, Yue-Sai was officially appointed by the Miss Universe Organization as the National Director of Miss Universe China (www.missuniversechina.com). Yue-Sai has stated that in her capacity as National Director she is committed to provide all contestants the best training and assistance to help them shine and prove that "Chinese women have the brains, beauty and style to be successful."
In the educational and humanitarian areas, Yue-Sai Kan has established a fund that builds schools and awards scholarships to outstanding but poor students in high schools and universities in China. In 2002, UNICEF named her, alongside other international leaders and celebrities, as its first and only Global Chinese "Say Yes" ambassador. She is also involved with the Soong Ching Ling Foundation, one of China's biggest charitable organizations committed to improving the health of mothers and children and the Committee of 100, which is composed of outstanding Chinese Americans. Under her chairmanship, the 2010 annual Soong Qing Ling Foundation charity event raised over 1.5 million US dollars. Additionally since 2006, Yue-Sai Kan has been serving as Chairman of the Invitation Committee of the Shanghai International Film Festival.
Yue-Sai Kan is the first and only living American featured on a Chinese postage stamp which was issued in 2002, the first time a living American was thus honored. Again she was honored in 2005, when Yue-Sai received an updated stamp to keep up with her new hairdo, a true tribute to her ongoing impact in fashion and journalism. Her official website is www.yuesaikan.com, and he Twitter: www.twitter.com/yuesaikan.
Andrew Sommers - Director/Secretary/Treasurer
Mr. Sommers joined the law firm of Ehrenkranz & Ehrenkranz LLP in 1997 and has been a partner of the firm since 2001. Prior to joining Ehrenkranz & Ehrenkranz LLP, Mr. Sommers was an associate with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP (New York, NY). He received a J.D. from the Columbia University School of Law in 1994 and graduated with Honors from the University of Michigan in 1991. He was admitted to the New York Bar in 1995. Mr. Sommers is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Jewish Child Care Association where he serves on the Executive Committee and co-chairs the Investment Committee. Mr. Sommers is also a Member of the Board of the New 42nd Street and serves on the Associates Committee of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of New York.
Min Fan - Director
Ms. Fan is a seasoned media professional with over 15 years of experience in radio, television and film. Ms. Fan holds a Bachelor's Degree in English Language and Literature from the University of International Relations in China and a Master's Degree in Communications from Syracuse University's Newhouse School. Before moving to the United States, Ms. Fan was a news anchor and reporter at the English Service of China Radio International. She was the driving force behind a number of pioneering programs, including the first English morning magazine show "Realtime Beijing". Currently a project manager at Yue-Sai Kan Productions, Ms. Fan divides her time between the Miss Universe China Pageant, the Shanghai International Festival and many other high-profile events Madam Kan is involved with. Ms. Fan is an avid tennis player and loves world cuisine.
David M. Hryck - Director
Mr. Hryck is a tax and business lawyer and a partner at DLA Piper LLP (US) with over 16 years of experience. Mr. Hryck advises clients on the tax and business aspects of structuring their investments for maximum profitability and is an expert on cross-border investments. He represents celebrities, global companies, individuals, and international families. Mr. Hryck is a trustee of many of his clients' trusts and is a board member of several global charities. Mr. Hryck currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Amy Winehouse Foundation. Mr. Hryck is also a board member of the Happy Hearts Fund, founded by supermodel Petra Nemcova, and guides their international work. He is a World Fellow of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award for Excellence Fund, founded by HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and travels regularly to Royal occasions around the world, advising international interaction in Third World Countries. Mr. Hryck also serves as a US member of the Duke's Business Advisory Group headed by HRH Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex. He is also a board member of the Lifeline Humanitarian Foundation, founded by TRH Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine of Yugoslavia. Mr. Hryck speaks English, Italian, Spanish, French and has a working knowledge of Mandarin.