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Tim Chen donates $30K to Friends of San Jose Church on Tinian

(Press Release) — Tim Chen, president of Tinian Entertainment Company, donated $30,000 to the Friends of San Jose Church Tinian which will be used toward rebuilding the social hall on Tinian.

“We are so incredibly fortunate to have friends around the world who care about Tinian and who are willing to help us rebuild our church,” said Dawn Sarmiento, co-chair of the non-profit organization.

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Tim Chen, president of Tinian Entertainment Company, 2nd right background, hands a check for $30,000 to Kimberlyn King-Hinds of the Friends of San Jose Church Tinian. Also in photo are Allen Perez and Sen. Frank Borja.  Contributed photo

“I fell in love with the pristine beauty of Tinian the minute I stepped onto the island. Watching the many videos that showed the catastrophic destruction of the island caused by typhoon was very saddening,” said Tim Chen.

“I have deep affection for the island that goes beyond wanting to invest there. The people are very friendly and the island is very peaceful. I wish nothing but the best for the people of Tinian and I hope that my contribution will help them continue with their efforts to fully recover from the typhoon,” said Chen.

The Friends of San Jose Church Tinian is hoping to begin construction of the social hall, which will be used as a temporary place of worship while rebuilding the new church, before Dec. 2019. The officers of the non-profit organization are Dawn Sarmiento, co-chair; Richard Lazaro, vice chair; Ian Pascua, secretary and Teruko King, treasurer.

“I pledge to continue helping the Friends of San Jose Church Tinian by encouraging all my friends to help in any way that they can,” said Chen.

The non-profit also held a fundraiser at annual Tinian San Jose Fiesta raising close to $10,000 in a two-day period. All proceeds will go towards the rebuilding of the group’s first project which is the Tinian Social Hall. “We are working on finalizing the design of the social hall and hope to begin construction before the end of the year. We are not quite there yet financially to announce a definitive date but with hard work and aggressive fundraising efforts and outreach, I am confident that we can reach our goal,” said Kimberlyn King-Hinds.

If you want to make a donation or follow the progress of the group, follow its Facebook page by “lliking” the San Jose Church Tinian.