Vietnamese Council aids Oklahoma tornado victims

Vietnamese American Community Council of Oklahoma City and its Vicinity raised $129,510 for Moore schools after the tornadoes in May.
BY SARAH HUSSAIN shussain@opubco.com Published: July 21, 2013
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Members of the Vietnamese American Community Council of Oklahoma City and its Vicinity organized two fundraising efforts to raise money for the May tornado victims.

The first phase involved sending letters to the 15,000 to 17,000 Vietnamese-Americans in Oklahoma, and others who live across the nation, chairman Vinh Nguyen said. From that effort more than $20,000 was raised.

The group then organized in June a musical performance and dance program at the activities center of St. Andrew Dung-Lac Catholic Church. Eight artists from Asia Entertainment Center in California entertained with Vietnamese and American songs, donating their performances.

Leyna Nguyen, a CNN News reporter, was one of the masters of ceremonies for the program.

Also in attendance was Jennifer Doan, a teacher at Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, who used her body to shield students during the May 20 tornado.

The council decided the $129,510 raised from the combined efforts will be donated to Moore Public Schools.


by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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