Unveiling of “Cambodia Town Cultural District” Sign Set For July 16th

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Unveiling of “Cambodia Town Cultural District” SignAt 10 a.m. on July 16, 2011, Long Beach Councilmember Dee Andrews and Cambodia Town, Inc. will host the unveiling of the first street sign designating the “Cambodia Town Cultural District” at 602 E. Anaheim Street, at Atlantic Avenue. The program will include traditional Cambodian practices such as blessings by Buddhist monks, a special ceremonial dance, remarks by Councilmember Dee Andrews and key Cambodia Town Board officers, which includes a plaque presentation to the designation sign sponsors.

This event is the result of many years of community advocacy. On July 3, 2007, the City Council of Long Beach approved the designation of “Cambodia Town” on Anaheim Street. Councilman Andrews has been working with Cambodian Town, Inc. for a number of years to create a model program to designate areas of interest in the City of Long Beach. “This street sign unveiling is the first implementation of a pilot program that will enrich the City culturally and economically. Long Beach is rich with cultural influences like Cambodia and it is important to showcase these vital treasures”, said Councilman Dee Andrews. Funds to cover the costs of signs and their installation will be paid for by donations from private citizens.

Sithea San, outgoing Chair of Cambodia Town, Inc. states “This is a pilot program that shows what can happen when a community decides to work hard together and to never give up. We want Cambodia Town to become a travel destination for visitors from all over the world.”

The public is welcomed to participate in this free event. For more information contact Tonya Martin from the Office of Councilman Dee Andrews, at (562) 570-6816 or Cambodia Town, Inc., Richer San at (562) 367-7770.

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