Catzie Vilayphonh, Emcee and Chair of Entertainment & Program Committee
Catzie is an award-winning writer and spoken word poet and the Creative Director of Laos in the House, a project that brings together Lao Americans in continuing their legacy through storytelling in the arts. Check out her performance here.
Chef Soulayphet Schwader, Executive Chef
Khe-Yo & Executive Chef Soulayphet Schwader will be treating our tastebuds to the delectable, hard-to-find, and hottest emerging cuisine – Laotian food. Soulayphet "Phet" Schwader grew up in the midwest--Wichita, Kansas, with an upbringing centered on preserving traditions from Laos, his homeland.
6:00 - 8:00 PM: Registration, Cocktail-Open Bar, Southeast Asian Tasting Menu, Silent Auction Vendors
8:00: An International #LaoNow Welcome
8:10 PM: Special Recognition for Principal Sponsors and Special Guests
8:15 PM: Policy Updates from Diplomats & Officials
8:45 PM: Keynote Presenters & Speakers
9:15 PM: The Runway Fashion Show by Moda Box & Article 22
9:45 PM: Live Auction & Paddle Raisers, Silent Auction Closes
10:00 - 11:00 PM: DJ Music & Lumvong
Dressed with a retrospective of looks from the subcultures of Laos, #LaoNow offers a curated evening of food, fashion, and art. Highlighted with internationally recognized speakers, the expansive venue at Wallace Hall on the Upper East Side of Manhattan will be anchored by a contemporary runway show from fashion entrepreneurs Monica Phromsavanh & Elizabeth Suda. Food service from acclaimed New York Chef Phet Schwader provides the flavors that complete the transcendence for guests out of daily life into what it means to #LaoNow. As the centerpiece that fully emulates the modern state of Laotian culture, Channapha Khamvongsa ends this evening with stories from the frontline, recounting her 3 months in South East Asia and Laos during the first visit in history from an American President, Barack Obama. Join us for a vibrant night with a Lao-inspired marketplace, live and silent auction, music and traditional Lao dance and food!
Stay tuned and check our website for frequent program updates!
WHERE: WALLACE HALL
St. Ignatius Loyola, 980 Park at 84th Street
Located in the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, Wallace Hall is a magnificent 8000 square-foot hall. The hall mixes new and old, as it is fully renovated but still has kept stained glass, stately columns and other elements of its original Gothic design. With its large atrium, long hall, and full kitchen, it is the perfect avenue to host our largest event yet.
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