Lunar New Year Celebration & Pay it forward Awards Gala

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By: Megan Way | Photos by Lawrence Oravetz
On Feb 19th C.A.C.A. celebrated their 3rd annual Lunar New Year and Pay-It-Forward Awards Gala with a 10 course traditional dishes and outstanding entertainment. The following award recipients – Hope for Prisoners, Tzu Chi Foundation, and Judge Mark Stevens were recognized for their philanthropic services for the community. The event was held at the Rio Hotel with about 400 attendees. First Lady Kathy Ong-Sisolak, the first Chinese First Lady in the history of Nevada and the newly elected Governor Steve Sisolak were the honorary guests of the evening. Businessman and Philanthropist Duncan Lee and Congresswoman Dina Titus were the guest speakers. Many dignitaries, such as County Commissioners, Judges and community leaders from Thai, Laos, Sudan, Japan, Filipino, Native Americans, and Sri-Lanka communities were present at the event.
Major Table sponsors of this event were Benson Lee & Associates, Robert & Sandy Ellis, CECU Investment Group, Lee’s Discount Liquor, Keller Williams Realty, East West Bank, Callister Law Group, NV Energy, American Asia Economic Alliance, Sheriff Joe Lombardo, RDL Investment, Sky Vista Consulting, Ice Land Ice Cream, Neurology Center of NV, AR Rescue, Anthem Hills Medical Center, Doctoroo Healthcare Care, ACRC, AARP, Blackridge Real Estate, Anthem Blue Cross, CC Commissioner Tick Soderblom, NLV City Councilman Richard Cherchio , and Buddhist Tzu-Chi Foundation. Field Representatives from the Congressional office of Dina Titus, Susie Lee, Senator Jackie Rosen and the Nevada Republican club and the Paradise Democratic were also present.
About CACA: The National Lodge of C.A.C.A .was established in 1895 with 19 Lodges throughout the country. The Las Vegas Lodge is a 17 year old Lodge which was recently reactivated after having been dormant for the past 14 years. The Alliance has fought against racial discrimination, defended civil rights, opposed anti-immigration movements, and countered efforts to marginalize American Chinese culture and heritage.