Pom Foundation Inaugural Fundraising Dinner: November 5th
The Lao community is coming together to raise funds and celebrate the official launch of Pom Foundation! Sahtu Press will be attending in support of this new organization serving the Lao community worldwide, including Sahtu Press founder Nor Sanavongsay and award-winning poet Krysada Panusith Phounsiri.
The gathering will be held at the Metropolitan Banquet Hall at 16420 SE 128th St, Renton, Washington. Tickets were available for $50 but the event was quickly sold out.
All proceeds will be invested back into their program to continue their goal of preserving, promoting, and educating about Lao culture and arts through our various programs which include the Kinnaly Music and Dance Classes, Lao Cultural Exchange Program, Lao Summer Camp, and FORTE: Summer Camp Talent Show. This will be the Pom Foundation's biggest annual fundraising event over the years ahead.
"We're very excited for the Pom Foundation," said Nor Sanavongsay. "This represents an exciting direction for them and we're proud to be there to support so many people have been there for us in our journeys as writers, artists and community builders."
Washington has almost the third largest population of Laotian refugees in the United States with close to 11,568 Laotians and over 2,000 Hmong. Many arrived shortly after the end of the Laotian civil war in 1975. Over 9,000 Laotians reside in or near Seattle, which will be the host city for the Fourth National Lao American Writers Summit in Spring, 2017.
Laotian American Poet Krysada Panusith Phounsiri said "I'm excited to see firsthand how the Lao American community engages with the arts in Seattle. This will be my first time in Seattle in eight years, and I'm certain there have been many changes. I appreciate the leadership the Pom Foundation is taking in putting together the 2017 National Lao American Writers Summit. It's a massive undertaking, but I'm confident they have the skills and community support to make it possible."
At their inaugural benefit dinner guests can expect live music provided by Bohan Band, delicious food catered by Tuk Tuk Mobile Feast, performances from the acclaimed Kinnaly Dance Troupe, and other surprises throughout the evening. Krysada Panusith Phounsiri will be reading three poems from his acclaimed collection, Dance Among Elephants (Sahtu Press, 2015) and will have a limited number of copies available for sale at the event.
Attire is semi-formal or traditional Lao.
The Pom Foundation can trace its roots to the Kinnaly traditional music and dance troupe founded in 2002 by the passions and dedication of one woman, Pom Khampradith and her first five students who later became co-founders. Over the years the group grew and today involves over 60 second-generation Lao American youth (the youngest is 4-years-old, and some have been dancing and performing for over 15 years) who come together to learn, preserve, promote, and share the art of Lao traditional music and dances.