By: Bonnie Lei
OCA Las Vegas hosted a Hawaiian themed OCA 88 Funds dinner at the Mandalay Bay Beach Club and gave UNLV DECA members the opportunity to volunteer for the event.
The annual recognition dinner honors three distinguished Asian and Pacific Islander icons in the Las Vegas community.
OCA Las Vegas is part of a “national organization dedicated to advancing the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans in the United States,” according to their website.
UNLV DECA volunteers were given leis to match the theme and signs to help direct the guests from the hotel lobby to the Mandalay Bay Beach Club. Volunteers were put into teams of two and spread out along the pathway to the venue starting from the casino lobby. With a smile on their face and a beaming energy, they held signage signifying they were there for OCA and gave directions for where to walk. Later in the evening, the volunteers assisted with running the silent auction.
This event-based project not only gave back to the community, but it also gave volunteers the opportunity to meet and network with the three distinguished icons: Lawrence Barnard, CEO and President of Saint Rose Hospitals; Catherine Siefert, Vice President of Hotel Operations at the Monte Carlo; and Maggie Hsu, Chief of Staff and Vice President of Business Development at Downtown Project.
“My favorite part about the event was that it was not just a volunteer event,” said Aurora Chen, freshman. “We actually got to introduce ourselves to the guests and speak to them after the event ended.”