FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 21, 2014
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Hundreds Celebrate North Hempstead’s Cultural Diversity at Asian-American Fest
North Hempstead, NY – North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth and the Town Board welcomed hundreds of people to North Hempstead Beach Park on May 17th for the Town’s Fifth Annual Asian-American Festival. The event, which celebrates the growing cultural landscape of the Town of North Hempstead, featured dozens of local vendors showcasing clothing, accessories, food, and arts and crafts unique to Asia.
“The Asian-American Festival is such a magnificent display of the ethnic diversity in the Town of North Hempstead,” Supervisor Bosworth said. “The sights and sounds of the festival magically transported visitors to China, India, Japan, Korea and Pakistan.”
Featured performances and activities included Chinese Lion Dancers, a Henna tattoo artist, Korean Tae Kwon Do, Archery, and much more.
Supervisor Bosworth introduced U.S. Congressman Steve Israel who addressed the audience and thanked all the participants. Bosworth also honored Great Neck South High School teacher John Motchkavitz, who performed at the event as part of the Great Neck Alert Color Guard. Motchkavitz was on “Live with Kelly and Michael” last week where he was named a Top Teacher Finalist as part of the show’s Top Teacher Week.
Other elected officials on hand included new U.S. Congresswoman from Queens Grace Meng, N.Y. State Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, Councilwomen Anna Kaplan and Dina De Giorgio, Councilman Peter Zuckerman, and Town Clerk Wayne Wink.
Bosworth thanked key event sponsor WAC Lighting, the Department of Community Services, the Asian Festival Committee and all those in the Town who worked so diligently to make sure the event went smoothly. “Without their hard work, this event would not have been possible,” she added.
Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth, Congressman Steve Israel, with John, Ryan and George Motchkavitz. John Motchkavitz, a volunteer in the Great Neck Fire Department was recently awarded as a Top 5 teacher nationwide on “Live with Kelly and Michael.”
Supervisor Bosworth with Master Jeon and students from the U.S. Taekwondo School in Mineola.
Elected officials and Asian Festival Committee members get together for a group shot.
Left to right, Chen-Hua Lee, Councilman Peter Zuckerman, Joe Chang, and Kathy Lee all are from Tzu Chi Foundation of Williston Park.