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Donor Spotlight: Dr. Grace Cheng & Dr. Barry Ogin

In the heart of Compass Rose International’s philanthropic journey, we shine a spotlight on two exceptional individuals whose compassion knows no bounds—Dr. Barry Ogin, M.D. and Dr. Grace Cheng, M.D. Joining forces with the organization’s founder, Katie Hilborn, this dynamic duo embarked on a transformative journey to Nepal in April 2023. Their mission led them to the Girls INpowerment Center and Dormitory nestled in the #1 child trafficking district of the country. Not only do they actively champion the cause as Northstar 2 Freedom Gala sponsors, but they also embody the spirit of altruism in their everyday
lives. Dr. Ogin and Dr. Cheng are ardent believers in the profound impact of hard work, dedication, and the privilege of having resources to make a difference. Inspired by the simple yet powerful mantra of “If we have the opportunity, we should,” they channel their blessings into tangible acts of kindness. From their earliest days, Dr. Cheng has been immersed in volunteer activities tracing back to her mother’s influence, helping chaperone
special needs kids at the Los Angeles Zoo. The couple extends their generosity closer to home, volunteering at various organizations in Denver, including the Denver Rescue Mission and the Food Bank of the Rockies. Through their actions, they aim not only to help those in need but also to inspire the next generation to be compassionate and engaged members of society.

Their eye-opening experience in Nepal left an indelible mark on their hearts and minds. The stark contrast between the envisioned beauty and the harsh reality of crowded streets, pollution, and underdeveloped infrastructure was both humbling and shocking. Driven by a profound sense of responsibility, they recognize the immeasurable value of Compass Rose International’s constant presence in these remote communities. By being a beacon of hope and support, the charity not only provides practical assistance but also instills a sense of inspiration, proving that there is a world beyond their immediate challenges—one where possibilities are limitless and compassion knows no borders.

What made you decide to give your first gift? Why did you choose to sponsor the Northstar 2 Freedom Gala?

We were inspired to contribute when we heard about the extent of the poverty in Nepal which was forcing girls into sex slavery to survive.

You recently visited our Girls INpowerment Center & Dormitory in Nepal. Please share about your experience; why did you go? What were the takeaways? Why are you choosing to help the students?

Our experience was powerful. We saw firsthand this beautiful country so rich in history and culture yet so poor. We wanted to see firsthand everything Katie has accomplished with the home using all our donations through the years. Knowing these girls are safe and we are making a direct impact is priceless.

Why do you enjoy giving to Compass Rose International?

We enjoy giving to these girls because we derive immense joy knowing we are helping these girls.

What is your favorite program/service/etc to donate to?

Compass Rose International of course! We also donate to various other charities.

What do you hope to accomplish through your philanthropy?

We have been incredibly blessed and our philanthropic goal is to just help the world become a better place.

If you were talking to someone else about giving to Compass Rose International, what would you tell them?

This extremely worthwhile organization empowers young women in various ways.

What do you wish everyone knew about this cause?

It is absolutely worthy of our time and effort.

Anything else you want to tell us?

The amounts we donate mean so little to us but makes a world of difference to these Nepalese young women.
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