Category Archives: Longevity

Longevity 2013 was a Success!

We raised nearly $23,000 for the Cultural and Laoshi funds and had a fantastic turnout!  Thank you to all the volunteers, committee members and attendees for making this our most successful event yet.

Opportunity to Order Classroom Photo Books!

If you are interested in ordering a grade level photo book, follow this link.  A special “Thank You” to all the parent volunteers that used their talents, time and creativity putting these amazing books together.  They are truly memories to be cherished!

Back to School Bowling Party
Park Tavern Back to School Bowling Party September 21st at 2pm!  Please note, parent supervision is required.

  • Price $15 per person.
  • Bowling and shoes included.
  • Contact Erika Pals at to purchase.

After School Yoga Session with Lin Niu (2nd grade teacher)
Send your child to a 45 minute yoga session in Chinese!

  • Class is May 23rd at 3:45pm at Eisenhower.
  • Cost is $10 per child.
  • Contact Erika Pals at to purchase

Longevity 2014
If you are interested in joining the Longevity Committee please contact Bei Dou Xing at


Longevity 2013

Elite Sponsors:

Premier Sponsors:

(click on logos to visit sponsor websites)


Also Sponsored by:

 and  Jan and Richard Pogue

What Is Longevity

Longevity Night Out and Silent Auction is an annual all-adult night of fun and fundraising for the BeiDouXing Cultural and Laoshi funds.  It is a great chance to enjoy the company of other Chinese immersion parents from the Hopkins school district and community members while enjoying dinner, bowling, bocce ball and other fun games.  There is the chance to bid on class projects, dinners, local events and other donated items.  The event is run by BeiDouXing parent volunteers, who set-up and organize this event.  Last year, BeiDouXing hosted the second annual Longevity silent auction, raising over $3300 for each grade level’s cultural fund, as well as money for the establishment of the Laoshi fund.

How Can I Get Involved?

Attend   Come spend the night with fellow XinXing parents.  The ticket price includes the event, dinner, a beverage, bowling and bocce ball.  Tickets will be on sale beginning February 2 at BeiDouXing sponsored events as well as online.  Purchase your tickets early and receive a discounted price!   Click here to Purchase Tickets Online  OR   Print form to purchase by mail.

Volunteer   Longevity is possible only through the work of parent volunteers.  Watch for updates on volunteer needs or contact

Donate   The success of the silent auction depends on the quality of items available.  If you, someone you know, or a business or employer is interested in donating items to the silent auction, please contact  All donations are greatly appreciated! 

Sponsor  Longevity provides the opportunity for individuals, businesses or families to gain exposure to the BeiDouXing community through sponsorship.  Sponsorship can either be a one-time monetary donation or the sponsorship of a specific portion of the event (bowling, entertainment, refreshments).  Sponsors making a donation valued at $500 or more will receive two complimentary event tickets.  Interested sponsors should contact for more information.

Unable to attend?  Donate a ticket for a teacher to attend.  We love offering our teachers tickets free of charge!

Questions?  Contact a member of the Longevity planning team at for more information.


Why Longevity?

The first Longevity event was in April 2011.  The original concept started several years earlier but was realized that April- a night out for parents focused on raising funds for Hopkins Chinese immersion programs. As Bei Dou Xing established itself as non profit/501c3, Longevity became a reality and was defined as the only event that would contribute to the Bei Dou Xing Cultural Fund.

The Cultural Fund is dedicated to providing students with a cultural experience at a critical point in their immersion education. Since fluency doesn’t develop through classroom instruction alone, the cultural experience is critical to cementing our students language acquisition. Bei Dou Xing’s hope is that our students experience will be a trip to China in the Junior high years.  Having a trip of this nature planned has shown great results in keeping middle school students interested in their immersion learning.  Even though the experience is not yet defined, the members of Bei Dou Xing feel it is important to have funds to support an opportunity for our students to be immersed in the culture and language they are studying.

The Cultural Fund is a long term project so the funds from Longevity are allocated across grade levels each year.  While our program is still growing, the funds are allocated evenly to each grade. When we have students in junior high and a trip is closer, the funds given to the JR high classes increase.  This allocation schedule creates an equity for all grades and  allows all classes to build a savings account for their trip. As long as the funds raised at Longevity increase as the program participation increases,  all classes have a similar amount of money saved when they are in Jr high.

We hope to send our first trip to China in the year 2016 when the first class of XinXing finishes 8th grade.


THE INSPIRATION:Our program is modeled after Shu Ren, a parent group supporting Portland, Oregon Mandarin immersion program. They have created a very successful fundraising effort to support a cultural residency program.  If you would like to read more about their Cultural residency program, visit OR read trips blogs at: and 

Longevity April 21, 2012





Tickets for Longevity, the 2012 silent auction event, will be available for purchase at Chinese New Year Festival and both Chinese New Year performances.

$40 per person includes dinner, complimentary beverage, bocce ball and bowling sponsored by Eminent Interior Design.

Buy tickets online here OR Become a sponsor here (see below for sponsorship levels and benefits)

Print form here to purchase by mail.


Donate: Donations of restaurant gift cards, services, entertainment/event tickets, electronics, sporting goods, vacation rentals—all make great auction items.

Volunteer: Volunteers are needed before and during the event. The more hands, the greater the event!

Sponsor: Any individual, group or business wishing to be a co-host of the event or sponsor of a specific activity at the event will receive promotional consideration and privileges based on the level of sponsorship.

Invite: Encourage those you know—friends, family, neighbors—to support our students by attending the event.

Can’t attend: Donate a ticket for a teacher to attend. It would be great to have all teachers attend free of charge again this year!


Longevity is the only event that contributes to the Bei Dou Xing Cultural Fund.  To find out more click here.


Contact Susan Tomsche ( or Erika Pals ( for more information.