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March 13, 2009

Asian-American Cultural Festival Of LI To Be Held At Farmingdale State College

Thousands are Expected to Attend This Popular Third Annual Event

Celebrate the beauty of seven different Asian cultures at the third annual Asian-American Cultural Festival of Long Island, one of the liveliest, most colorful and entertaining events in the area. The festivities will be held on Saturday, March 21 in Roosevelt Hall at Farmingdale State College. It will unite representatives from seven Asian cultures under one roof to showcase their heritage and traditions through cultural exhibits, live performances, costumes, films, lectures, workshops, art exhibits, interactive shows and ceremonies.

Previous cultural festivals were abundantly attended by both Asians and non-Asians alike and festival organizers expect an even greater number to attend this year than the estimated 5,000 that filled the halls in 2008.

"Farmingdale State College is proud to be a sponsor of the Asian-American Cultural Festival of LI," says Dean of the School of Business Dr. Lorraine Greenwald, who played an instrumental role in bringing the festival to her college. "We now host 87 students from other countries, reflecting the rich diversity of our campus family and the local community. As the world is shrinking, we are discovering that sharing our knowledge and experiences with others reveals many more similarities than differences. This fosters a bond of understanding and respect.  Please come and explore these Asian cultures with us."

Added Farmingdale State College President Hubert Keen, "This festival is just the type of event our college wants to sponsor. Bringing people together to learn about each other is enriching to our students and faculty and to the community at large.

The festival is free to attend in the afternoon from 1-6 p.m. Families are welcome. Children will delight in the workshops, craft demonstrations and performances geared especially to them. Adults will savor lectures on intriguing topics, foreign films, multicultural performances and cultural exhibits from the Far East. Included will be corporate display tables, an Asian market, and the ever-popular Tea Ceremony. Throughout the afternoon several raffle drawings for children and adults will be held.

The evening program from 6-9pm will feature a stage performance by professional Asian artists, an awards ceremony, a cocktail buffet with an array of Asian foods from each of the countries represented, and a Chinese auction with valuable prizes donated by local merchants. The buffet and Chinese auction will be held in Knapp Hall, a short distance from the site of the afternoon festival.

Three time Emmy award winning reporter Virginia Huie will be recognized for Outstanding News Reporting at the evening program. A familiar face on Cablevision's News 12, Ms. Huie has spent more than 10 years in the industry and is currently a general assignment reporter and fill-in anchor. Previously she was an emcee at the Asian-American Cultural Festivals of 2007 and 2008, but this year the Festival Award Committee wished to honor her as a role model for the Asian community and acknowledge her contributions to the residents of Long Island.

Mel Guadalupe, director of the Suffolk County Executive's Office of Minority Affairs, will emcee the Awards Ceremony which will be preceded by a stage performance featuring professional Asian artists. Three other accomplished Asian-Americans - Babubhai Kapadia, Lee Tee Shu and Honorable Phra Debkittisophon will also receive awards.

Following the ceremony, the Evening Program will continue with a sumptuous VIP reception at Knapp Hall consisting of an extravagant buffet with authentic cuisine from seven different cultures, wine tasting compliments of "Long Island's biggest and best wine shop" Stew Leonard's, live traditional instrumental music by a Filipino band, and a Chinese Auction.

The Evening Program is open to the public and tickets can be purchased for a nominal $30 per person or $25 for groups of four or more. Email info@aacfli.com to purchase tickets or call 631-543-5768. Festival chairwoman Tai Wang, co-founder of W.A.C. Lighting in Garden City and 2007 Ellis Island Medal of Honor award winner states "We invite everyone – both Asian and non-Asian to come to our 3rd Annual Asian-American Cultural Festival of LI. Please join us as we share our cultural traditions at this lively and joyous event."

The festival is sponsored by Farmingdale State College, the Suffolk County Executive's Office of Minority Affairs and several small and large businesses in Nassau, Suffolk and Queens.

Chinese Cultural Programs, Inc., a 501c3 not-for-profit is organizing the event. Tickets are $30 per person or $25 each for groups of 4 or more. To order tickets, become a corporate or individual sponsor, or donate a raffle prize to publicize your business, visit www.aacfli.com or call 631-543-5768 or 631-754-6640.