Duluth, Dec 10, 2016 — Laotian American Society (LAS) held its annual fund raising gala to benefit its community’s education, services, and general resources.

Over 300 guests participated in a colorful gala attended by community leaders, businesses, and out of state guests.

Ms. Channapha Khamvongsa, founder and Executive Director of Legacies of War, an advocacy group based in Washington DC, was the keynote speaker for the evening.

Through Ms. Khamvongsa’s effort, Laos had recently received a pledge of $90 million from the Obama Administration for the next three years to help eradicate unexploded bombs left behind during the War.

Funds raised during the evening’s gala will go towards traditional cultural dance, tutoring and youth mentoring, and senior citizens outreach, according to Ms. Meiling Arounnarath, LAS President.

Guests were treated to an authentic Laotian cuisine and desserts prepared by local indigenous cooks.  In addition, guests were treated to traditional Laotian dance performances  and live musical performances by Fantazy, Linda, and Jimmy K.

For more information on Laotian American Society, visit www.las-ga.org