Viet-AID's Mỹ Gala
Viet-AID will be hosting its first ever-gala event to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Vietnamese-American Community Center (Viet-AID Center). The “Mỹ Gala” is the culmination of decades of civic participation by Vietnamese immigrants and refugees who, since 1975, have strived to build a strong and thriving community in Boston.
The Viet-AID Center was the first of its kind in the nation. The Center has provided a voice and a home for not just the Vietnamese-American community in Boston, but also other diverse groups in Dorchester. Over the past 10 years the Center has become a catalyst for neighborhood revitalization and a home for community groups in Fields Corner for meetings and special events. The Center helps to connect our children to the past and to prepare for them for the future. This event will provide us with the support necessary to continue providing vital services that empower our community for the long-term.
Three individuals will be honored at the event including United States Navy Captain Paul Jacobs (Retired). Captain Jacobs served on the USS Kirk, a ship that rescued over 30,000 Vietnamese refugees after the Fall of Saigon. The other two honorees are Ms. Elizabeth Smith, Executive Director of Hyams Foundation, and Mr. An Ton-That, former chairman of the Center Steering Committee. Both Ms, Smith and Mr. Ton-That have been key supporters for the Center and the community enter over the years.
Please join us for a night of ballroom and Latin dancing, Vietnamese cuisine and fashion, silent auction, and great fun! The proceeds of the event will go towards funding VietAID’s family and youth initiatives including the After School and Early Education programs, Summer Camp and Parental Support Services. The Mỹ Gala will be held from 6:00pm to 11:00pm on September 29th, 2012 at the Boston College High School located at 150 Morrissey Boulevard, Dorchester, MA. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $100 at Viet-AID. More information about the event can be found at http://www.vietaid.org or by contacting 617.822.3717x15.