Celebrating 32 Years in a Winter Wonderland

The CMAA is close to my heart for many reasons, what they do for the community , the people who work there and the wonderful events they have every year. Earlier this year I had the opportunity to collaborate with them on their annual fashion show and it was a night to remember. Please join them on December 8th for a wonderful Winter Gala and see all they have done for our community.

Check out the official press release below as well as the links to buy the tickets 🙂

Lowell, MA – As we come to the close of an impactful 2016, the Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association of Greater Lowell (CMAA) will hold its 32nd Annual Event with a special focus on community strengthening across all generations. The annual fundraising celebration will be held on Saturday December 3rd at Sompao Meas Hall, 450 Chelmsford Street in Lowell at 6:00 p.m. and will feature community recognition, a five course meal, live entertainment by members of the youth programs and Angkor Dance Troupe.

Since 1984, the CMAA has been the first place immigrants and refugees have come to seek assistance in starting their lives here in the U.S. Last year, CMAA had over 2,400 walk-in visits by over 800 distinct individuals. The services vary greatly but are all provided free of charge to the populations that we serve. This year, we kicked off the Rising Stars Program, a summer sports program for youth between the ages of 7-14. Over the course of the summer CMAA hosted over 80 youth and 14 youth staff from the Career Center of Lowell for a unique learning and team building experience. We’ve also hosted an 18th District State Representative Candidates barbecue and National Voter Day Ice Cream Social as part of our voter outreach efforts.

Sovanna Pouv, CMAA Executive Director noted the importance of community support, “Over the past 31 years, CMAA has helped thousands of families and individuals right up until this very day. Without the support of our friends, family and community partners, we wouldn’t be able to assist individuals to become citizens, vote, learn English and buy homes for the first time.”

As part of Saturday’s presentation, the CMAA will acknowledge local leaders for their service to the Cambodian community in Greater Lowell. Kowith Kret, community member and activist has over 25 years of community work experience including positions at South Boston Public High School, Solomon Mental Health Center and most recent Department of Developmental Services. In 2014, Kret was honored by the Asian American Commission for helping Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders and contributed efforts towards the betterment of AAPIs without self-promotion or fanfare. In celebration of his retirement in 2017, CMAA will be honoring Kret with the Community Hero Award.

CMAA will also honor Jim Wilde, Executive Director for the Merrimack Valley Housing Partnership for Community Partner Award. Wilde and MVHP has been in partnership with CMAA for many years graduating hundreds of individuals from its first time home buyers program. The last honoree is longtime Lowell restaurant/function hall business, Sompao Meas Hall, which will be recognized with CMAA’s Local Business Award.

“One of my favorite aspects of working with the Merrimack Valley Housing Partnership is the collaboration we share with CMAA. Together, we have educated and prepared nearly 700 Khmer speaking families for home ownership. It is such a joy to be part of this effort”, says Wilde.

CMAA’s 32nd Anniversary Event is Saturday December 3, 2016 at Sompao Meas Hall, 450 Chelmsford St in Lowell from 6:00 p.m.—Midnight. Tickets are $50 and may be purchased online at http://bit.ly/cmaa32tickets or at the door.

“This year CMAA celebrates 32 years of service to the Lowell community”, said newly appointed Board President Virak Uy. “As we move forward, we will continue to honor our heritage and those who have sacrificed for us in the past, heal those who are still struggling every day to survive so that they can hope for a better future.”

About the Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association: The Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association’s mission is to improve the quality of life for Cambodian Americans and other ethnic minority persons in Lowell through educational, cultural, economic and social programs. To learn more about CMAA, please visit us at 465 School Street, Lowell, MA or our website www.cmaalowell.org


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