Taste of Culture 2015 Highlights

A celebration of diversity, culture, music, and food was enjoyed at LSS Center for New American’s annual Taste of Cultures event held this year at the District in Sioux Falls. With Phil Schreck as MC for the night, guests enjoyed a variety of ethnic appetizers while listening to diverse local musical talent and vying for amazing raffled prizes, including a painting by local artist Hector Curriel. Terry Nebelsick, superintendent of Huron Schools, shared stories of revitalization as this city became a “first-receiver” of Karen refugees from Burma, highlighting not only the important work of welcoming that LSS has had the privilege of doing since 1948, but also the assets, dreams, and entrepreneurial spirit refugees bring with them to their new home.

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Namaste Musical Group shared Nepali music to start out the evening.

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A gorgeous painting by Hector Curriel.  Another of Hector’s paintings was won by one very lucky raffle winner.

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KUD Biser Cultural Dancing and Craft Group comprised of members from the former Yugoslavia performed, and also got everyone out of their chairs to join them during their last dance.

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Kboyz, a Kunama music group comprised of members from Eritrea were joined during one of their performances by members of Balleraena Dance Company for a cultural fusion of song and dance.

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Asian Night Live performed several songs and also wowed the crowd with a Lion Dance that wove its way through the audience.

Asian Night Live performed several songs and also wowed the crowd with a Lion Dance that wove its way through the audience.

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Staff past and present came together to support the work of LSS who resettles approximately 400 refugees every year.

Staff past and present came together to support the work of LSS who resettles approximately 400 refugees every year.

CEO Betty Oldenkamp addressed the guests.

CEO Betty Oldenkamp addressed the guests.

Awards of appreciation were also given to the following supporters of LSS:
-Outstanding Community Partners- Pixelbox, Passenger, and Fresh Produce
-Outstanding Employer- Floral Plant Growers
-Outstanding Congregational Partner- Central Baptist Church
-Outstanding Mentors- Paul and Lara Hanson
-Outstanding ESL Volunteers- Arthur and Carol Hovey

Thank you to the nearly 500 benefactors of the event and those who came out in support of LSS Center for New Americans and joining us in the work of welcoming!

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