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OK in Cambodia

Sixty alumni and friends attended this year’s meeting of the Cornell Hotel Society Asia Pacific Regional Conference, Nov. 1-4 in Siem Reap, Cambodia. At the conference, Ben Justus ’08 showed off the EGBOK (Everything’s Gonna Be OK) Mission that he founded in 2007 to help alleviate poverty in Cambodia by teaching hospitality training and life skills to underprivileged young adults.

During a tour of the EGBOK Mission by conference attendees Nov. 3, EGBOK Mission students Sawat (far left) and Not (far right), and donor Pam Mariani, who attended the conference with her husband John Mariani ‘54, look on as Regan Taikitsadaporn ’93, president of the Cornell Hotel Society, “folds” a lotus flower.

Conference attendees included alumni from South Korea, Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong, the Philippines, the United States, Thailand and Europe. The EGBOK Mission has 50 students, ages 18-22, in its third intake class for 2012-13.

– Susan Lang

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