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First food drive to benefit Asian and Pacific Islander victims of domestic violence
Published on Tue, Dec 4, 2012 (4:36 a.m.)LAS VEGAS—The Asian and Pacific Islander Chronicle and Kona Ice will be hosting the first Asian and Pacific Islander food drive on Saturday, December 15 at Kona Ice Headquarters, 2700 E. Patrick Lane, Las Vegas 89120 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, to benefit Bamboo Bridges, a nonprofit 501c3 serving Asian and Pacific American women victims of domestic violence and human trafficking in Las Vegas.
Food items needed include bags of rice, dry noodles and other Asian and Pacific Islander sauces and spices. Rice cookers and Muslim prayer mats are also much needed items, according to Kathleen Ja Sook Bergquist, Bamboo Bridges board member.
“This food drive aims to give our domestic violence shelters and service providers those specific food items that they usually don’t have, but can make a big difference in helping to make Asian and Pacific Islander women who come to these shelters feel comfortable during very stressful circumstances,” says Bergquist. “We also want to increase awareness of access and understanding of availability of services for API victims of domestic violence.”
Kona Ice, a Hawaiian shaved ice company, is nationally known for supporting charitable causes in their local communities, but this is the first time the company will be part of a food drive for API women affected by domestic violence, according to Evan Louie, owner of Kona Ice, Las Vegas.
“We’re very excited to be part of this food drive,” says Louie. “Kona Ice, Las Vegas has always been supportive of issues such as education, and events that impact and unite our community. We’re especially happy to support Bamboo Bridges and their important work in the API community.”
The food drive will also coincide with the API Chronicle holiday pot luck. Writers and photographers are invited to meet the API Chronicle staff, and bring samples of their work for consideration for publication in the new quarterly magazine and weekly online newsletter.
“The combination of a good cause and Asian and Pacific Islander food always brings out the best in our communities, especially during this time of holiday giving,” says Corin Ramos, publisher and editor-in-chief of API Chronicle. “We look forward to meeting everyone, and being part of benefiting Bamboo Bridges and their impactful work helping women and children of domestic violence.”
1st Asian & Pacific Islander Food Drive & Holiday Pot Luck
Saturday, December 15, 2012
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
1:30 pm Potluck
2:00 pm Entertainment
WHERE: KONA ICE HEADQUARTERS
2700 E. PATRICK LANE, SUITE 16
LAS VEGAS, NV 89120
About Bamboo Bridges
Bamboo Bridges is a nonprofit 501(c)3 serving Asian Pacific American women through advocacy, outreach and the development of culturally relevant resources. Visit www.bamboobridges.org for more information.
About Kona Ice, Las Vegas
Kona Ice is a Hawaiian shaved ice franchise company with over 240 franchise owners in 41 states. Visit www.kona-ice.com
About Asian & Pacific Islander CHRONICLE
Asian & Pacific Islander CHRONICLE is a quarterly magazine and weekly online newsletter aiming to promote greater awareness and understanding of the Asian and Pacific Islander American communities and cultures in Nevada, especially in Las Vegas. Visit http://apichronicle.com.