Hong Kong Huskies

Husky Awards Gala Shines

When the Hong Kong Huskies gathered for their Husky Awards Gala in October, it was a night of celebration, applause and generosity. This year, the annual gala honored two Hong Kong Huskies for their community service and marked the international launch of fundraising efforts for the Center for International Relations & Cultural Leadership Exchange (CIRCLE).

During the evening, more than $120,000 in support for UW was raised, including more than $100,000 in gifts supporting CIRCLE.  The night also saw five new Huskies welcomed as members of the President’s Circle. Generous donations from the Hong Kong Huskies will help connect cultures and unite communities to prepare UW students to thrive and lead in the global economy.

UW Vice President for Student Life, Denzil Suite was in attendance. He explained how CIRCLE streamlines support for international students, creates meaningful learning opportunities, and expands key services and programs that are foundational to the success of all UW students.

If you’re interested in giving to CIRLCE, please partner with us by making a gift online to support the University’s first office dedicated to maximizing domestic and international student experiences. It’s a critical program for the University that builds inclusive international communities on campus and develops all students’ global competencies.

The celebration continued with the announcement of the 2018 Husky Awards Gala’s honorees. Victor Wong, ’89, and Eden Woon, ’71, were given this year’s awards for their outstanding achievements and contributions to the community.

Victor Wong

Victor Wong, ’89

Victor Wong was recognized at the event for his passion and many accomplishments in the digital creative media industry. His work ranges from paintings, sculptures and tech-art to animations. After earning his BS in electrical engineering at the UW, Victor went on to create Hong Kong’s first solely computer-generated TV commercial, and eventually, served as the main designer and producer of visual effects for at least 120 films.

Victor’s products won him numerous international awards for visual effects and animations. Since then, he has also transformed traditional Chinese ink paintings into 3-dimensional animations, holding countless exhibitions for this ground-breaking artwork.

Eden Woon

Eden Woon, ’71

Eden Woon was honored for his rich contributions to government relations and the business world. After completing his Ph.D. in mathematics at the UW, he served in the US Air Force for many years and retired as a colonel. He also taught math for six years in the US Air Force Academy.

Eden was then assigned to the US Embassy in Beijing. From there, his career in government relations, specifically involving US-China relations, flourished, as he took on many executive and advisory positions within the field. Afters 22 years of assisting the US government, Woon returned to Hong Kong and started making a difference in the business sector.

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