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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Contact:      Faaluaina Pritchard

                  Executive Director, Asia Pacific Cultural Center (APCC)

Office:   4851 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma, WA 98409

Phone:  (253) 383-3900

Email:    faalua@comcast.net

Website:               www.asiapacificculturalcenter.org


Polynesian Heritage Showcasing at APCC’s 7th Annual Samoa Cultural Day

Lakewood, WA –July 8, 2017 – Audiences will be greeted with a warm “Talofa!” at the Asia Pacific Cultural Center’s (APCC) 7th Annual Samoa Cultural Day, a day of festivities that celebrate and honor the Samoan people.  Thousands from all around the region will gather at the Harry Lang Stadium in Lakewood to enjoy traditional village singing and dances, cultural displays, arts and crafts, games, authentic cuisine, and much more.  This FREE family-friendly event opens with a parade of Samoan organizations from all over Washington State, followed by the customary Ava Welcome Ceremony.  There will also be a variety of retail vendors and informational booths for people to visit.

Samoa Cultural Day is the last day of a week-long series of cultural events beginning with the Tatau (Tatoo) Festival at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center on June 30, 2017.  The rest of the week’s schedule includes: the Cricket League Championship Game, Community Prayer Service, Youth Gospel Night, the Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander Youth Move It! Day, and the Samoa Community Dinner. The Samoan people make up the largest Pacific Islander group in Washington State, and Asia Pacific Cultural Center is proud to host this event each year for people to share and experience their unique customs, traditions, and history. 

APCC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to “bridge communities and generations through arts, culture, education, and business”.  Washington is a wonderful kaleidoscope of races and ethnicities with more than 700,000 people who are Asian or Pacific Islander. APCC represents 47 different countries, serving as a cultural crossroads that promotes the greater understanding and appreciation of the heritage of these diverse people.

We would like to thank the following partners for their support for this event including: Catholic Community Services, MultiCare, Asian Counseling Referral Services, Mountain View Funeral Home, City of Tacoma, City of Lakewood, Tacoma School District, Clover Park School District, Federal Way School District, Clover Park High School, Samoan Community of Washington, EFKAS Tacoma, EFKAS Ft. Lewis, Good Samaritan Church Tacoma, NEW HOPE Assembly of God Tacoma, New Beginning Christian Church, Family of Christ Full Gospel Church, New Beginning Christian Center, Metotisi Federal Way, Latter Day Saints Church Tacoma, Samoan American Pacific Organization, Tacoma St. Ann Catholic Church, Samoa Seniors Association of Pierce County, Samoa Nurses of Washington, and all our other community partners.

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Asia Pacific Cultural Center
4851 South Tacoma Way | Tacoma, WA 98409
Telephone: (253)383.3900
Fax: (253)292-1551
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