Community leaders join Congressman Anh ‘Joseph’ Cao outside the new BPSOS-Orange County office.
June 2, 2009: The grand opening of the new BPSOS-Orange County branch took place in style on May 24, with special guest US Representative Anh “Joseph” Cao appearing to honor and be honored by America’s largest Vietnamese-American community!
Congressman Cao was joined by representatives of the Amerasian community, with which BPSOS is working to guarantee citizenship rights for the children of US servicemen and Vietnamese mothers. Also taking part were members of the California nonprofit community, local agencies, and city officials.
“We’re grateful that so many key people could join us for the grand opening of our new office,” said BPSOS-Orange County branch manager Tiffany Nguyen. “Most importantly, we’re glad that our key leaders could take part, because it’s been their hard work that’s made this grand opening possible!”
Besides the remarks by Rep. Cao, the first Vietnamese American to be elected to Congress, the grand opening also featured a presentation on stopping human trafficking by the executive director of BPSOS, Dr. Nguyen Dinh Thang.
“We are proud to welcome Congressman Cao at this important opening, here in the heart of California’s prospering Vietnamese-American community,” said Dr. Thang. “As we remember the progress our community has made, however, we also recall the victims of human trafficking, Vietnamese and of all countries, who we must keep working to rescue.”
Guests mingled in the new branch office, which is located in Westminster in the Asian Village, directly across from Garden Asian Mall, at 9191 Bolsa Ave, Suite 110. Community development was a hot topic for discussion, as were plans for improving BPSOS’ services to Orange County.
Among the media accounts of the grand opening was one by California’s high-profile Nguoi Viet newspaper, whose article in Vietnamese can be read by clicking here.
The opening was also an occasion to highlight the Orange County branch’s award-winning work for community health through the Fish Contamination Education Collaborative (FCEC), work that was recently showcased in the California Green Solutions website.
“We’re excited about the progress of our work in promoting community health, and we’re looking forward to the upcoming health fair we’re helping to put on this June 13,” said Nguyen. “Most of all, we thank all our local leaders for putting their time and energy into this opening and guiding these initiatives.”
To learn about the many and varied offerings of BPSOS-Orange County, click here or contact branch manager Tiffany Nguyen 714.897.2214 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you couldn’t be present, here are more photos of the grand opening:
Julie Nguyen of the office of state Senator Lou Correa presents a certificate of appreciation to BPSOS; accepting on behalf of the organization is Dr. Nguyen Dinh Thang.
Hong Nguyen, who at 94 years of age is an active and honored BPSOS-Orange County leader, calls upon the community to support the Coalition to Abolish Modern-day Slavery in Asia (CAMSA), of which BPSOS is a founding member.
Members of the Ủy Ban Vận Động Xây Dựng Nghĩa Trang, a BPSOS-Orange County partner organization, take part in the branch’s grand opening along with US Rep. Joseph Cao.