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ICYMI: Honoring Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders

Thanks to all of you who tuned in for our half hour special that honored local Asian Americans who are really making a positive impact where we live. In case you missed it.. don’t worry. We have all the stories up online. Here are the two that I contributed this year. The first is very inspiring. It’s a true rags to riches story about a single mom who fled Vietnam after the war and was able to overcome welfare and cancer. The second story captures a growing trend in the DC area.. the Korean Dol. It’s the 100 day celebration of life also known traditionally as the child’s first birthday. Learn the intriguing history and fun fortune ritual that takes place at these parties which we learned could cost up to $10,000!

MORE: Watch the Stories

Rosemary’s Tran Lauer: Helping Single Parents and Children in DC area

Party Trend: Korean 1st Birthday

Asian American Half Hour Special Airing this Saturday

Please join me and Eun Yang this Saturday as we commemorate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with a 30 minute Special on NBC4. We have so many incredible Asian Americans who are making an impact where we live now. Their stories will amaze you and inspire. The Special show airs Saturday May 10th at 7:30PM. Special thanks to our sponsors Allstate Insurance and McDonald’s.

Some history.. the Library of Congress chose May for this month “to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants.” Eun and I headed over to the beautiful residence of the Japanese Ambassador to film the show. Shout out to our producer Jason Gittlen and photographer Chester Panzer.

Some of the stories you’ll see will range from an Oakton woman with a real rags to riches story. Rosemary Tran Lauer has a true story of triumph over war, welfare and cancer after fleeing her native Vietnam and arriving in America with nothing. Eun shows us a local group that helps young people find their way in what can be a very complicated world. Just a couple of the many great stories we can’t wait to share.  Won’t you join us!



7:30 PM ON NBC4

We’ll see you then.. Angie & Eun!

Jewels of Asia

It was a night that sparkled! The Asian American Chamber of Commerce held it’s annual business awards and this year the theme was “Jewels of Asia”. It was a wonderful way to honor Asian American business leaders who have made contributions to our community. A big group of local leaders attended including Fairfax County Sheriff Stacey Kincaid and Fairfax County Supervisor Sharon Bulova. I was honored to emcee an event that really makes me proud. Shout out to Grace Han Wolf and Jenet Ahn for putting together another successful show! Photos by Joey Darley.


NBC4 Asian-American Reception

It is great working for a place that really embraces diversity. NBC4 teamed up with McDonald’s Corporation to present the Asia and Pacific Islander Heritage Month reception in Studio A.  Asian-American leaders in our community were recognized at the event and a $5,000 check was given to the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center.

WATCH: NBC4 Asian-American Special

There was great company, Chinese food and beautiful live music. We also celebrated the success of our recent 30 minute special which told some incredible stories of people making a difference here and across the world. It airs again this Sunday May 26th at 11:30 on NBC4.

NBC4 General Manager presents check, Angie with honoree & poetry teacher Simone, Rosemary and Bill Lauer of Devotion to Children, Ginger and Frances Park with Eun Yang & Live Quartet!

For the children

I was honored to emcee the Red Heart and Soul Gala for the fifth year in a row. It’s such a wonderful event benefiting Devotion to Children. This is a group that provides crucial resources to single parents in our area who are struggling to raise their children on their own. It’s really magical what they do and the lives they change. Special thanks to founder Rosemary Tran Lauer who has used her personal story to inspire the mission of DTC. Photos by Joey Smiles

Mother’s Day Run/Walk help children

Devotion to Children held their annual Mother’s Day Run/Walk. Look at the kids that came to run with us from Green Hedge School in Vienna! It was amazing to see all of the moms pushing strollers and the runners who came out to support Devotion. This year they more than doubled the attendees. Close to 800 people participated.


Devotion to Children paints night red

It was an amazing turn out and red dresses galore had heads turning at the 9th Annual Red, Heart & Soul Gala benefiting charity Devotion to Children. The group that provides education and resources for single parents and families with children in need raised nearly $100,000.

PHOTOS: Red, Heart & Soul 2011

The Hogettes returned as did great entertainers The Rhondels. Special thanks to Rosemary Tran Lauer, the founder for all she’s done to help children in our area for nearly a decade. [Photos by Tae Cotty, Bill Lauer, Reza Khadiri]

Robert E. Simon(center), the founder of Reston was a special guest

Rosemary Tran Lauer in red

Guests got down!

Jenet Ahn created my dress

Nov 16th.. I need you!

SAVE THE DATE Nov 16th for Devotion to Children’s annual Red, Heart, & Soul Fall Gala. I’m excited to emcee this wonderful and heartfelt event for the 3rd year in a row! Join us for dinner, dance and a cool silent auction.

TIX: Red, Heart & Soul Gala

A lot of gals wear red dresses for the event. The Hogettes are always there too! It’s a ton of fun and the food is great.

DTC founder Rosemary Tran Lauer is also BC survivor so please wear pink in October to support the Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Pink Party DC 2011

Soy Cool! Sushi On Conveyor Belt

When I twitpic’d this rotating rawness I got all kinda fishy feedback. But most said DON’T DO IT you don’t know how long that stank fish has been doing the rounds. After careful consideration I decided to give it a try and in the process brought a couple friends- so if it was bad I would not go down (or get sick) alone.  Well Dr. Alex Naini and Devotion to Children founder and president Rosemary Tran Lauer all agree… the product passed the test.

Was it my favorite place? No. Would I go again? Yeah.. but probably not solo. There is something odd about the escalator riders looking down on you. Cuts? They weren’t generous but then again they weren’t that expensive. Based on the color of the band around the plate you pick up is how you know how much to pay.

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