Taste of Cultures Makes a Difference in the Lives of New Americans.
On Saturday, April 18, nearly 500 benefactors came out to celebrate the diversity of our community and support LSS in raising funds to assist newcomers to resettle and develop a sense of belonging at the Taste of Cultures held at The District in Sioux Falls.
The successful event showcased local cultures with ethnic foods and entertainment, featuring Asian Night Live, KUD Biser, traditional Bhutanese music by Namaste, Eritrean music by K-Boyz, and a performance by Balleraena Dance Company. Guests had the opportunity to enjoy and enter a drawing for an original work of art by Hector Curriel. VIP ticket-holders were treated to winetasting.
Keynote speaker Terry Nebelsick, the Superintendent of Huron Schools, spoke about diversity and the importance of embracing its many flavors in small communities. The Center for New Americans honored key stakeholders:
Employer of the Year – Floral Plant Growers
Community Partners – Fresh Produce, Passenger, Pixelbox
Congregation of the Year – Central Baptist Church
Outstanding Mentor of the Year – Paul and Laura Hanson
ESL Volunteer – Arthur and Carol Hovey
We thank the community and our sponsors Thrivent Financial, Grand Prairie, The District, Pearle Vision,
Dakotacare, Grand Falls Casino and Golf Resort, Sanford Health and Aashana Outfits and Accessories for making Taste of Cultures a great success.
Proceeds from this event help to purchase groceries, assist with rent, purchase furniture, buy bus passes and purchase winter clothing for refugee families new to the country.
To learn more about LSS Center for New Americans, click here.