In an effort to preserve and promote the Bhutanese community's culture and tradition, the Bhutanese Community Association of Akron (BCAA) sponsored a cultural program on October 30, 2011 at the VFW Firestone Post 3383 near Nesmith Lake in Akron.
The event featured breakfast and lunch, an honors ceremony, as well as singing and dancing provided by our youth for the entertainment of approximately 500 BCAA members and 30 other guests.
The Bhutanese community was happy to showcase its rich and varied culture for the enjoyment of all. Participant ages ranged from 6 weeks to over 90 years of age.
This progream was an opportunity for the Bhutanese community to formally thank all of the institutions, employers, and individuals who have assisted refugees in the Akron area.
Institutional Certificates of Appreciation were awarded to Akron City Family Medicine, Akron Public Schools, Cuyahoga Falls Public Schools, English Cafe at the Stow-Alliance Fellowship Church, FirstMerit Bank, International Institute of Akron, Locust Pediatric, Akron Children's Hospital, and the Summit County Health Department.
Business and Industries Certificates of Appreciation were awarded to Accurate Plastics, Alside Windows, Case Farms, Clarion Inn, Five Guys Burger & Fries, Foundation Industries, Hattie Larlham, Hygenic Corporation, Intigral, Main Street Gourmet, Maval Manufacturing, Rubber Associates, Spunfab Adhesive Fabrics, Steere Enterprises, and the Village Discount Outlet.
Individual Certificates of Appreciation were awarded to Madhav Bhatta, Donna Early, Becky Evans, Migmar Lama, Govinda Poudel, Manju Rastogi, Naresh Shakya, Doug Schmidt, Francis Weng, and Doug & Cindy Wurtz.
Selected activities of BCAA members are chronicled in this blog by Terry Kuhn.