Betty Kwan Chinn

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Betty Kwan Chinn[1]

Betty Kwan Chinn (關惠群) is a philanthropist who lives in Eureka, California. She has helped the homeless—including the mentally ill, disabled veterans, runaways, and drug abusers—for the past 20 years. She won the 2008 Minerva Award.[2] She used the $25,000 grant as seed money and worked with the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul to establish the homeless a bathroom and kitchen. U.S. President Barack Obama awarded her and 12 others the Presidential Citizens Medal on August 4, 2010 at the White House.[3][4]

The Betty Kwan Chinn Day Center opened November 16, 2013 offering a variety of services for the poor and homeless.[5]


  1. ^ 2010 Winners U.S. White House Citizens Medal
  2. ^ "Why WE Honor Her". The Women's Conference. 2008. 
  3. ^ David Jackson (2010-08-04). "Obama honors those who 'find a wrong and right it'". USA Today. 
  4. ^ Thadeus Greenson (2010-08-05). "Eureka's Betty Chinn receives Presidential Citizens Medal". Eureka Times-Standard. 
  5. ^ Greenson, Thadeus. "Betty's passion: Local philanthropist's improbable journey takes leap forward". Eureka Times-Standard. Retrieved 19 November 2013. 

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