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2013 Awards Picnic Press Release

For immediate release:                      Contact: Thomas Tran, info@mdvietmutual.org

On Sunday June 9, 2013 the Association of Vietnamese Americans (AVA), formerly known as the Maryland Vietnamese Mutual Association (MVMA), hosted its 25thAnnual Academic Awards Picnic (Awards Picnic) at Bohrer Park in Gaithersburg, Maryland.  More than 300 community members attended to honor 107 outstanding Vietnamese-American students, grades K-12 from Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS).

AVA awarded two (2) $1000 scholarships each year to outstanding, college-bound high school seniors who excelled all-around in academics, leadership abilities, community service, and extra-curricular activities. This year’s scholarship recipients were Kevin Pham of Sherwood High School and Michelle Nguyen of James Hubert Blake High School. Recipients were chosen from a competitive pool of applicants. Scholarships were generously sponsored by Dr. Stephen and Oanh Cunnion, and Lani Nguyen State Farm Agency. Also receiving special recognition was Mr. Thomas V. Le, for his work as a bilingual counselor in the MCPS system.

The Awards Picnic began with a lunch, fun activities for the students, and 2 short educational sessions presented in Vietnamese and English for parents. Dr. Tam Nguyen spoke about the Affordable Health Care Act and its implementation and Sandra Vu Le, Esq. explained the proposed family based immigration reforms currently considered in the U.S. Senate.

In addition to the AVA board members, advisors, staff, and volunteers, there were several special guests in attendance: Dr. Judy Docca from the MCPS Board of Education, State Senator Jennie Forehand, Councilmember Phil Andrews, Mr. Chuck Short representing County Executive Isiah “Ike” Leggett, and Alex Wong representing Congressman Chris Van Hollen. The special guests actively participated in the programs by congratulating the students, awarding them academic medals, taking pictures with them, and/or helping to randomly pick the winning raffles tickets.  There were many students with broad smiles and proud, even some tearful, parents.  To encourage further learning and continued studies, AVA ended the day on an exciting note by raffling two netbooks to the award recipients, and by thanking all of its board members, advisors, sponsors, donors, staff and volunteers who made the event a great success.

The Association of Vietnamese Americans (AVA) is a 501(c)(3) community based organization dedicated to advancing the Vietnamese American community through direct services, advocacy, and education.  AVA implements three cornerstones in its approach: (1) Empowering families and seniors through bilingual educational outreach, direct services and bilingual and culturally appropriate access to government and privately sponsored programs; (2) Advocating for social and economic equality by building awareness, capacity and solidarity within the community; (3) Unifying multiple generations of Vietnamese Americans by promoting education, cultural traditions, history, art and the Vietnamese language. For more information, visit www.mdvietmutual.org.


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Tet Festival Video and Photos

 


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AVA, KDA,    AND SoGH HOSTED ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL LUNAR NEW YEAR “TET” FESTIVAL

On Sunday, January 21, 2013, the Association of Vietnamese Americans (AVA, formerly known as Maryland Vietnamese Mutual Association/MVMA), Ket Doan Association (KDA), and Seed of Good Hope (SoGH) welcomed the arrival of the Year of the Snake by hosting its annual Lunar New Year “Tet” Festival at Northwood High School in Silver Spring. Over 2,000 members attended the celebration, which opened with the Flag and the Ancestral Worshipping Ceremony. Other entertainment program included the Lion Dance, the Children’s Contest, Karaoke Contest, the Conic Hat Dance, a live band, and the highly popular Traditional Dress “Ao Dai” Pageant. Reminiscent of the urban Vietnamese marketplace itself, attendees also enjoyed cultural foods, refreshments, books, and artwork, doled out by over 50 of vendors.

The Lunar New Year is the most significant holiday in numerous East and Southeast Asian nations. In East Asian mythology, the new year is the ideal time to realize dreams and launch new ventures. Additionally, persons born in the Year of the Snake are acute, aware, cunning, and proud.

True to form, the year got off to successful start. This year’s event attracted many community leaders such as Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett, his Special Assistant Chuck Short, Councilmember Phil Andrews, Councilmember George Leventhal, State Senator Brian Frosh, Maryland Secretary for Veterans Affairs Ed Chow, and U.S. Representative Chris Van Hollen staff member Alex Wong.

AVA annually hosts a Tet Festival to commemorate anscestors, bring together community members, and to celebrate Vietnamese heritage and traditions. Through the event, MVMA also raises awareness about its programs serving low-income parents, limited-English proficient persons, and Vietnamese American seniors throughout Montgomery County and the greater D.C. region.

AVA extends its heartfelt thanks to all board members, advisors, and volunteers who made the 2013 Lunar New Year Tet Festival an overwhelming success. The extensive entertainment program was superbly enriched by Lien Doan Potomac Boy Scout Troop 1794, The Vietnamese American Senior Association (VASA), Miss Vietnam DC Organization, and The Ket Doan Association. We would like to thank the aforementioned State and County leaders for partaking in our celebration. In addition, we would like to thank the Montgomery County Public School system and Northwood High School for graciously hosting the event. Lastly, this event would not have been possible without our sponsors, SBTN, State Farm Insurance and New York Life, and other generous donors. The Tet Festival raises revenues for much needed services provided by AVA, KDA and SoGH.

Thank you to all Vietnamese American community members who joined us for this remarkable event. We are looking forward to seeing you at our next community event, the Annual Academic Award Picnic this summer.


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MVMA MỘT LẦN NỮA TỔ CHỨC HỘI CHỢ TẾT THÀNH CÔNG RỰC RỠ


Hội Người Mỹ Gốc Việt (AVA) Một Lần Nữa Tổ Chức Hôi Chợ Tết Maryland Cùng Với Sự Đóng Góp Của Hội Kết Đoàn và Hội Mầm Hy Vọng Đã Thành Công Rực Rỡ

Hội Người Mỹ Gốc Việt (trước đây gọi là Hội Ái Hữu Người Việt Maryland) cùng với sự đóng góp của Hội Kết Đoàn, Hội Mầm Hy Vọng đã tưng bừng chào đón năm Quý Tỵ ở trường Northwood High School tại Silver Spring, Maryland ngày chủ nhật 27 tháng Giêng, 2013 vừa qua. Trên 2,000 người đồng hương đã đến tham dự Hội Chợ Tết rất hào hứng.  Mở màn là lễ chào cờ và lễ cúng tổ tiên do Hội Cao Niên Việt Mỹ (VASA) đảm trách. Nhiều chương trình giải trí hấp dẫn gồm có Muá Lân, Thi Trẻ Em Đẹp, Thi Karaoke,  Muá Nón, ban nhạc sống, và phần Thi Áo Dài rất hào hứng. Gợi nhớ hình ảnh  Chợ Tết quê nhà, những người tham dự Hội Chợ Tết rất phấn khởi khi được thưởng thức các món ăn thuần tuý, hoa quả, các loại sinh tố tươi, sách báo và tranh ảnh nghệ thuật do trên 50 bạn hàng tham gia.

Tết nguyên đán là ngày lễ lớn nhất trong hầu hết các nước Đông và Nam Á. Theo niềm tin của người Á Đông, năm mới là lúc để bắt đầu ước mơ và khởi hành nhiều dự định mới. Thêm vào đó những ai có tuổi Tỵ được coi là cấp tính, biết nhận thức, có tính xảo quyệt và tự hào.

Quả thật, năm Quý Tỵ này đã bắt đầu đầy thành công. Hội Chợ Tết Maryland đã thu hút nhiều người lãnh đạo như Quận trưởng Montgomery, ông Ike Leggett, Phụ tá Đặc biệt Chuck Short, thành viên Hội đồng Quận như các ông Phil Andrews, George Leventhal, Thượng Nghị sĩ tiểu bang, ông Brian Frosh, Thứ trưởng tiểu bang phụ trách các vấn đề Cựu Chiến binh, ông Ed Chow, và Alex Wong, đaị diện Dân biểu Liên bang Chris Van Hollen.

Hội AVA tổ chức lễ Hội Tết hàng năm để kết nối các thành viên cộng đồng lại cùng nhau để tưởng niệm di sản và truyền thống. Lễ Hội Tết này cũng là dịp để Hội AVA giới rhiệu các chương trình hoạt động và phục vụ cho các bậc phụ huynh có thu nhập thấp, những người ít thạo tiếng Anh, và các vị cao niên ở trong khắp Quận Montgomery cũng như toàn vùng thủ đô Washington DC.

Hội AVA xin chân thành cảm ơn thành viện Ban Quản trị, Ban Cố vấn, và tất cả các thiện nguyện viên đã giúp Hội Chợ Tết thành công rực rỡ. Chương trình văn nghệ tuyệt vời đã được thực hiện nhờ sự góp mặt của Liên Đoàn Potomac Boy Scouts 1794, Hội Cao Niên Việt Mỹ, Tổ chức Miss Vietnam DC và Hội Kết Đoàn. Chúng tôi xin cảm tạ những viên chức Tiểu bang và Quận đã đến tham dự Hội Chợ Tết Maryland.  Ngoài ra, chúng tôi cũng xin cám ơn Hệ thống Trường Công lập Montgomery và trường Trung học Northwood đã dành nơi tổ chức Hội Chợ Tết. Cuối cùng, Hội Chợ Tết được thực hiện nhờ sự bảo trợ của Đài truyền hình SBTN, State Farm Insurance, công ty New York Life cùng rất nhiều mạnh thường quân khác. Hội Chợ Tết giúp cơ hội để Hội AVA, Hội Kết Đoàn và Hội Mầm Hy Vọng gây quỹ để có tài chính cung cấp các dịch vụ cần thiết.
Chúng tôi xin cảm ơn tất cả các thành viên trong cộng đồng người Mỹ Gốc Việt đã đến chia vui cùng chúng tôi. Chúng tôi xin hẹn sẽ gặp lại quý vị trong dịp lễ Phát Thưởng Thường Niên cho các em học sinh học giỏi trong buổi Picnic cộng đồng vào đầu mùa hè tới này.  


Press Release

On Sunday June 3, 2012 the Maryland Vietnamese Mutual Association (AVA) hosted its 24thAnnual Academic Awards Picnic at Bohrer Park in Gaithersburg, Maryland. More than 300 community members attended to honor 120 outstanding students, grades K-12 within the Montgomery County Public School system. Also receiving special honor was Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School Math Teacher, Mr. Khanh Pham, for his work as an educator in the MCPS system.

AVA additionally awards 2 $1000 scholarships each year to outstanding, college-bound high-school seniors who excel all-around in academics, leadership abilities, community service, and extra-curricular activities.

This year’s scholarship recipients were Phuc “Philip” Dang of James Hubert Blake High School and Quyen Kieu of Gaithersburg High School. Recipients were chosen from a competitive pool of applicants. Scholarships were generously sponsored by the United Healthcare, Lani Nguyen State Farm Agency, and the Significance Foundation.

Also in attendance were special guest speakers Mr. Christopher Barclay and Dr. Judy Docca from the MCPS board of Education, County Executive Isiah “Ike” Leggett, State Delegate Luis R. Simmons, Councilmember Phil Andrews, Alex Wong representing Congressman Chris Van Hollen, and Ken Reichard representing Senator Ben Cardin who each spoke about the value of education.

AVA works in conjunction with counselors and school staff in the MCPS annually to make Picnic a success.  This year we received remarkable support from Dr. Laura Newton in connecting us with MCPS counselors to encourage the nomination of two exceptional students from each school.

AVA extends its heartfelt thanks to the staff, board, advisors, and volunteers who worked tirelessly to ensure that the 24th Annual Academic Awards Picnic would be a success. The event would not have been possible if not for the support of numerous donors. We would additionally like to thank Montgomery County Public Schools and Dr. Laura Newton for helping us reach out to individual schools.


 

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The AVA picnic was sponsored by:
Akari Tutor - www.AkariTutoring.com
Lani Nguyen State Farm Agency - Lani@laninguyen.com
Pho Nom Nom - http://www.phonomnom.net
United Health Care - www.uhc.com


Who We Are

The Maryland Vietnamese Mutual Association (AVA) is a nonprofit organization that provides linguistically and culturally appropriate direct services to Vietnamese Americans.  Started in 1979 by a group of volunteers, AVA is the oldest Vietnamese American community based organization in Maryland. Because of our reach in the community and our visibility, we also serve as a liaison for many agencies to ensure that vital information reaches our population. In 2008, AVA was selected by the Harmon Foundation for inclusion in their Catalogue for Philanthropy as "one of the best small charities in the greater Washington Region."


 

 

Association of Vietnamese Americans
8121 Georgia Ave, Suite 503 • Silver Spring, MD 20910
Tel (301) 588-6862 • Fax (301) 576-4502
Email:  info@mdvietmutual.org