Los Angeles, CA – Over 250 philanthropists, community supporters and civic leaders joined the Asian Pacific Community Fund (APCF) to celebrate its 2nd Annual “Giving for All Seasons” Fundraising Gala on July 9th, 2008 at California Plaza in Downtown Los Angeles.
The Thai Community Development Center (Thai CDC) was a recipient of some of the $190,000 in grant awards made by APCF to its 29 Affiliate Agencies serving over 200,000 clients annually, of which over 80% are low-income. The Affiliates provide a broad range of critically needed services, including: after-school tutoring and education, child care, disabled assistance, food distribution, health care, legal services, low-income housing, senior services, violence prevention, and more.
Speakers and attendees included John Chiang, California State Controller, Judy Chu, Chair of the State Board of Equalization, Mike Eng, State Assembly Member for the 49th District, Jan Perry, Los Angeles City Councilwoman and many others. ABC7 News Anchor David Ono served as Masters of Ceremonies.
Additionally, Vincent Huang of Vincent Huang & Associates (VHA) was on hand to make Grant Awards in the amount of $20,000 each from his donor advised fund to two affiliate organizations, Khmer Girls in Action and the Thai Community Development Center, for their outstanding contribution to the Asian Pacific Islander community.
The VHA grant award will provide funding for Thai CDC’s Trafficked Victim Family Resettlement Services Program, which assists Thai families of human trafficking survivors with their resettlement in the United States as they reunite with the survivors. Thai CDC has assisted over 350 Thai trafficked victims over the years and is currently assisting 220 trafficked farmworkers and resettling the families of the last 22 of the 49 trafficked welders. Thai CDC arranges shelter, food, clothing, medical care and legal counsel for the victims, develops their self-sufficiency skills and prepares them to seek redress and restitution through various legal channels. Each survivor and his/her family require extensive and comprehensive case management and assistance by Thai CDC staff and volunteers.
Thai CDC also received an additional $7,965.20 for its participation as an Affiliate Agency of the APCF.
Thai Community Development Center (Thai CDC), a community development non-profit organization since 1994, facilitated the designation of the one and only Thai Town in the world located in Hollywood, Los Angeles, and founded the Thai New Year's Day Songkran Festival. Thai CDC aims to create a thriving community by creating businesses and jobs, providing small business training and development, revitalizing public spaces and holding cultural events to enrich the community. Thai CDC also serves economically disadvantaged populations by developing affordable housing, providing various health and social services and empowering immigrants, low-wage workers, and victims of human trafficking. In fact, the infamous El Monte Slavery Case, the first case of modern day slavery in the United States succeeded in achieving justice for victims as a result of Thai CDC's and others’ efforts in 1995.
Chanchanit (Chancee) Martorell, M.A. is a Executive Director for Thai CDC’s