Duc Foundation Initiatives

Lauryn’s Big Drive – $14,938

Through the AJGA Leadership Links program, Lauryn secured pledges for the number of birdies she recorded during her 2018 tournament rounds. She raised an impressive $14,938 through this initiative! The First Tee of Greater Seattle was her primary beneficiary, receiving $7,625. Lauryn also contributed $4,812 to the AJGA ACE Grant and $2,500 to the Jack Nicklaus Children’s Health Foundation.

Lauryn’s Birdie Drive – $6,483

Through the AJGA Leadership Links program, Lauryn secured pledges for the number of birdies she recorded during her 2019 tournament rounds. Through this initiative, she raised $6,483 which was split between The First Tee of Greater Seattle and the AJGA ACE Grant.

Highline Foundation Scholarship Fund – $10,000

Duc Foundation partnered with the Highline Foundation to offer scholarships to graduating Evergreen High School seniors. Duc Foundation has contributed $10,000 to the Severson Leadership Scholarship Fund which was established by our family to honor Mrs. Laura Jo Severson. Through the love and support from Mrs. Severson, a counselor at EHS, our mom was able to graduate from high school with honors even after our grandfather’s tragic accident.

Grandma Neo’s Pho-Raiser for West Seattle HS Athletics – $4,000

There’s nothing better than a bowl of grandma’s made-from-scratch PHỞ beef noodle soup! Our family organized a restaurant-style pop-up dinner event at our house, serving our grandma famous, home-cooked pho. Our parents donated the cost of the food and supplies so that 100% of the proceeds went directly to support the West Seattle Booster Club, benefiting West Seattle HS athletics.

The Neo Mask Project – $33,000

The Neo Mask project was started to help fill two needs in our community during the Covid-19 pandemic:

  1. Provide face masks to the public to help reduce the spread of the Coronavirus.
  2. Provide financial assistance to local non-profits helping our most vulnerable population during these unprecedented times.

Our Grandma Neo is the name sake and inspiration for the Neo Mask project. As an immigrant from Vietnam, she worked as a seamstress to raise her 4 children while also caring for her husband, who required significant medical attention after a tragic accident left him a quadriplegic. When it became clear that there was a need for face masks, she dusted off her industrial Juki sewing machine to help her community. Neo masks are available to order by donation. 100% of the proceeds are donated to local non-profits who already “have boots on the ground” but need financial support to continue to provide their services to our community. To place an order or find out more about the organizations this project has impacted, visit NeoMask.org.

2020 Inaugural Nguyen Junior Amateur Fundraising Golf Tournament – $24,415

Lauryn partnered with her friends from the Washington Junior Golf Association to host a golf tournament, benefiting Washington Junior Golf Association. The Nguyen sisterhood of Lauryn, Maya, Kylie, Brianna, Sofia and Lily Nguyen collaborated to raise over $24,415 for WJGA!

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