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10th Lowell Southeast Asian Water Festival

July 11, 2006

Dear Community Members and Friends of Lowell:

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Lowell Southeast Asian Water Festival, Inc., I would like to extend a personal invitation to you to join us at the 10th annual Lowell Southeast Asian Water Festival.

As you may know, the festival celebrates an important aspect of Lowell’s cultural diversity: the Southeast Asian community is Lowell’s third largest ethnic population. This celebration showcases Southeast Asian boat races, traditional and contemporary performances and dances, international foods, and handcrafted arts.

The festival usually draws 40,000 to 50,000 participants to Lowell’s Merrimack River area each year. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, August 19th. Prior to the main event, we will have the Floating Candles Ceremony on Friday evening, August 18th in downtown Lowell at the Middlesex Community College Campus, near the Lower Locks canal. This ceremony, which includes floating candles, incense, and flowers, is dedicated to each of our personal hopes and aspirations for a prosperous, dignified, and healthy life.

Festival admission for both days is free.

The Lowell Southeast Asian Water Festival has a number of volunteer opportunities. We are recruiting volunteers to help out on various committees including Entertainment, Fund-raising, Booth and Vendors, Logistics, Branding, Boat Team, and Trash and Recycling. Volunteers will have the opportunity to coordinate and manage different projects and activities. This is a wonderful opportunity for youths looking for volunteer experience. For others, you can both contribute to the community and experience a sense of pride in helping to celebrate your own and other ethnic backgrounds, cultures, and arts. It’s a special opportunity to help others and to build bridges among peoples, cultures, and customs.

If you are interested in volunteering, download a copy of the Southeast Asian Water Festival volunteer form from www.lowellwaterfestival.org and send the completed form to Mr. Tooch Van or Dr. Phala Chea, co-chairs of Volunteer Recruitment at the Lowell Southeast Asian Water Festival, Inc. c/o CMAA building, 165 Jackson St. Lowell, MA 01852 or Fax the form to 978-454-1806.

Once again, I hope you will join us to explore and experience the cultural enrichment the Southeast Asian Water Festival provides.


Tooch A. Van
Lowell Southeast Asian Water Festival Inc.

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