Grace Ng – Wish Kid 2018 Recognition

The Summer VIP Fundraiser Committee would like to introduce our youngest Wish Kid, 5 year old Grace Ng, and her parents, Khang and Tammy. When Grace was only 22 months old, she was diagnosed with a spinal cord tumour. Amy Lee MD, neurological surgeon at Seattle’s Children’s Orthopedic Hospital performed a long and very delicate procedure. Later, extensive Chemotherapy was required.

Grace and her family were contacted by Make A Wish, when Grace was 22 months old – but she was too sick to accept the award. Later, when Grace was nearly 4 years old, the Make A Wish trip to LEGOland in San Diego was arranged. At the airport the pilot introduced himself, already knew Grace’s name and gave her a tour of the cockpit. When the photographer in LEGOland found out that Grace was Make A Wish he announced that the photos were ‘Complimentary”. Upon arrival back at SeaTac Airport, a magical Make A Wish 4th birthday party took place in the airport that included cupcakes and the opportunity of the passengers on her plane to join in!

While in LEGOland, Grace and her family wore shirts with a Rainbow to let the world know they did prove that there can be a Rainbow at the end of a storm! Grace’s Rainbow Shoes serve to further confirm that victory.

Johann Pachelbel – Canon in D

(in the style of George Winston)

As the visit with the Ng family concluded Khang offered to play Pachelbel’s Canon in D in the Style of George Winston, a “New Age” pianist, who gained a worldwide popularity through multiple piano solo albums beginning in the 1980’s and 90’s.

Khang had no way of knowing about the significance of this piece of music to the Summer VIP Fundraiser Committee Meetings nor to the “The Christmas Spectacular”!

In 9/11 George Winston created an album “Remembrance – A Memorial Benefit” in support of those effected by the attack upon America.

After the 9/11  attack, the Everett Herald news paper ran an article about local food bank shortage’s. In response to this article, the Everett Performing Arts Inc. Board of Directors, Sanford Wright President, presented the first “Christmas Spectacular” in the Everett Performing Arts Auditorium to highlight this need of our local food banks.

Dr. Wright joined by many others, has continued to present the “Christmas Spectacular” in support of local food banks, symbolizing the opportunity to help others less fortunate over the holidays.

Khang, Tammy and Grace will take part in the 18th Annual Christmas Spectacular at the Civic Auditorium Saturday night, December 8, 2018.

A Footnote:  George Winston, a humble musical genius, arrived at the Historic Hartley Mansion with no fanfare wearing ordinary street clothes, walked past the old dinning room on the main floor, where the Summer VIP Fundraiser Organizing Committee now meets, and proceeded up the elegant staircase to the “Ball Room” and the grand piano that has been played in recitals for 30 years by local piano students of Allan Park, Judy Baker and other excellent teachers.

After George Winston finished rehearsing upon the grand piano in the “Ball Room” , he later performed his piano concert at the Everett Civic Auditorium  February 17, 2005.

aimeesoundbabiesmasteruserGrace Ng – Wish Kid 2018 Recognition