New Year in the Park is operated solely by a team of community members and volunteers. Without the help of our planning committee, our Spring celebration would not be possible. For this week's volunteer highlight, we would like to recognize Seng Saechao. Seng has been involved with New Year in the Park for over a year and currently serves on the marketing committee. He helps coordinate earned media in Portland to help elevate our event branding and awareness.
Seng was born in Thailand (his family background extends from Laos and Thailand) and was raised here in Portland. His professional background and experience is in sales and marketing, with an emphasis in the medical device arena.
When asked why he participants in New Year in the Park, he says he loves to preserve our unique cultures. “Volunteering has been a way of life in my family, and I consider it a privilege to work with like-minded people that share the same sentiment in preserving our unique cultures.”
For our 5th installment of the New Year in the Park celebration, Seng is very excited for the food but he is also looking to increase the impact that the planning committee has on the younger generation to attend the event. Seng says, “I’m proud of the group of people I get to work with on the NYP board, and it’s my hope and agenda to continue to increase Southeast Asian cultural awareness in my hometown.”
New Year in the Park is only a few days away and the excitement is ramping up. We have many wonderful performances and cultural showcases planned, and of course, this year’s assortment of food vendors is much better than year’s past! With an expected 10,000 people in attendance throughout the day, our 5th Annual New Year in the Park celebration is going to be a hit. “Come for the food, stay for the dance performances, make friends for a lifetime,” Seng says.
Join in on the celebration. Please RSVP on our facebook page and stay tuned further updates!