AsianFest 2018

5th Annual AsianFest 2018 - Presented by Riverside Casino & Golf Resort

Join us for the 5th Annual AsianFest 2018  - Presented by Riverside Casino & Golf Resort on Saturday, July 28, 2018 from 12pm-10:00pm in downtown Cedar Rapids at the McGrath Amphitheatre.

Emceed by our very own Jenny Valliere, Miss Iowa USA 2018 & radio personality from Z102.9, enjoy a fun free event and experience the flair, fusion and flavor of Asian cultures from rich performances, delicious cuisine to exotic cultures showcasing and celebrating the diversity that continues to be part of the Midwest fabric.

We need volunteers such as yourselves to help with various festival activities. Help us host an exciting festival and enhance the quality of life here in Eastern Iowa.

1) Taste mouthwatering Asian cuisine with various vendors cooking up their country's famous ethnic dishes (food and beverages available for purchase – must be 21 years of age to purchase alcoholic beverages); purchase ethnic jewelry and other items

2) Live cultural performances throughout the day starting at 12pm from Bollywood dancing, traditional singing to martial arts

3) Villages: Explore the beauty of 8-12 Asian countries showcasing the colorful traditions, language, clothing, and interactive activities that make each Asian culture unique (China, India, Japan, Korea, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Tai Dam, Thailand, etc.)

4) Food Demonstration with mouthwatering free samples highlighting oats as the key ingredient in various Asian dishes: Quaker Oats & Hy-Vee's award-winning Chef Elizabeth

5) Kids Zone featuring face painting, balloon animals, bouncy house, crafts, etc.

6) Vibrant Fashion Show - on the runway - array of traditional and modern Asian outfits (evening)

7) International Dance Party by the River with DJ Envy (official DJ for the Atlanta Falcons) spinning contemporary music from Asian, Bollywood to Progressive (in the evening - no ticket purchase required, part of the free festival line-up)

Volunteers will receive a free event t-shirt, complimentary meal ticket to utilize during the festival and be invited to a post-festival Volunteer Appreciation & Recognition event (date, time & location to be determined).


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SPONSORS & COMMUNITY PARTNERS

Thank you to the following sponsors and community partners for their leadership, commitment and advocacy of AsianFest in promoting diversity, inclusion and engagement in Eastern Iowa. 

PRESENTING SPONSOR

  • Riverside Casino & Golf Resort

PLATINUM SPONSORS

  • Rockwell Collins
  • Transamerica

GOLD SPONSOR

  • Quaker Oats

SILVER SPONSORS

  • Alliant Energy
  • Bankers Trust Company
  • Toyota Financial Services
  • U.S. Bank
  • Veridian Credit Union

BRONZE SPONSOR

  • GreatAmerica Financial Services Corporation

MEDIA SPONSOR

  • KCRG TV-9 Show You Care Sponsors: Dave Wright Subaru, Mercy Medical Center, University of Iowa Community Credit Union, Eells & Tronvold Law Offices

COMMUNITY PARTNERS

  • Electronic Engineering
  • Hy-Vee
  • Lamar Advertising Company Cedar Rapids-Waterloo

ASIANFEST 2018 LEADERSHIP

Emma Aquino-Nemecek, Music 2 Link US Productions, Inc

Sarika Bhakta, Nikeya Diversity Consulting LLC

John Chaimov, Coe College

Althea Hasse, Community Leader

Karishma Huddar, Community Leader

Pankit Kotecha, Rockwell Collins

Bhumika Nayak, Rockwell Collins

Kanupriya Salaria, Rockwell Collins


Thank you for volunteering and your continued support!

Date: 07/28/2018 (Sat.)

Time: 12:00pm - 10:00pm CDT

Location: McGrath Amphitheater, Downtown Cedar Rapids, IA

Created by:   Sarika Bhakta
 
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Set-up Festival: 7am-12pm (30)

Duties include but not limited to other tasks: 1) Set up tents, tables, chairs 2) Hang up signage, banners, flags 3) Set up Kids Zone, Info Booth, Volunteer Booth, Stage Area 4) Ensure event materials are organized and placed in appropriate areas

 
13 of 30 slots filled
Noi Hathi
Jennifer Hong
Vaitheeswaran (vaithees) Anbalagan
Ha Nguyen
Terry Nemecek
Jason Drugg
Stephen Hanley
Brandy Lovan
Alyssa Martin
Jeff Nagel
David Ahart
Already has t-shirt from Emma Nemecek & will be arriving around 8am/9am
Alicia Tarancon
I can be there around 9am to help set up! :-)
Randy Harris

Information & Volunteer Booth: 12pm-4pm (2)

Duties include but not limited to 1) Welcome & direct guests 2) Provide information 3) Oversee first aid kits (4) Sign-in volunteers & give t-shirts (walkie-talkies will be at this station to communicate with AsianFest Organizers)

 
All slots filled
Renjena Hareendran
Brandon Burnett

Information & Volunteer Booth: 4pm-8pm (3)

Duties include but not limited to 1) Welcome & direct guests 2) Provide information 3) Oversee first aid kits (4) Sign-in volunteers & give t-shirts (walkie-talkies will be at this station to communicate with AsianFest Organizers)

 
All slots filled
Joy Stadeker
Loan Arkenberg
Emily Arkenberg

Information & Volunteer Booth: 8pm-Close (2)

Duties include but not limited to 1) Welcome & direct guests 2) Provide information 3) Oversee first aid kits (4) Sign-in volunteers & give t-shirts (walkie-talkies will be at this station to communicate with AsianFest Organizers)

 
All slots filled
Anu Ambati
Rob Roslawski

Stage Assistance: 12pm-4pm (2)

Stage Assistance: Duties include but not limited to 1) Working with AsianFest Stage Contact & Emcee to ensure performers/speakers are ready to go according to their time slots 2) Be a runner to get items requested by the Emcee or AsianFest Stage Contact

 
All slots filled
Joy Stadeker
I will probable take a 20 minute food break since I have a 4pm-8pm shift as well.
LaLa Luu

Stage Assistance: 4pm-8pm (2)

Stage Assistance: Duties include but not limited to 1) Working with AsianFest Stage Contact & Emcee to ensure performers/speakers are ready to go according to their time slots 2) Be a runner to get items requested by the Emcee or AsianFest Stage Contact

 
All slots filled
Swetha Sridharan
Arnav Bhushan

Kids Zone: 12pm-3pm (3)

Duties include but not limited to 1) Ensure children are with their guardians 2) Help balloon artist, face painters and bouncy house vendors with requests (walkie-talkies will be at this station to communicate with AsianFest Organizers)

 
All slots filled
Ha Nguyen
Myla Ward
Daughter Kilani also will be volunteering (Size Small T-shirt)
sarah knight

Kids Zone: 3pm-7pm (3)

Duties include but not limited to 1) Ensure children are with their guardians 2) Help balloon artist, face painters and bouncy house vendors with requests (walkie-talkies will be at this station to communicate with AsianFest Organizers)

 
All slots filled
Yuvraj Huddar
Myla Ward
Already has t-shirt from Emma Nemecek & Can only volunteer from 1 to 5 pm
Seijal Bhushan

Bouncy House: 12pm-3pm (3)

Duties include but not limited to 1) Ensure children are abiding by the bouncy house rules posted 2) Manage the duration of jump time based on the line

 
All slots filled
Qiuyang Zhang
Danqi Yin
Junjie Lei

Bouncy House: 3pm-7pm (3)

Duties include but not limited to 1) Ensure children are abiding by the bouncy house rules posted 2) Manage the duration of jump time based on the line

 
1 of 3 slots filled
David Ahart

Vendor/Village Assistance: 12pm-2pm (2)

Duties include but not limited to 1) Working with AsianFest Organizers to ensure vendors (food/merchants) & villages (various Asian country reps) have what they need to operate throughout the day

 
1 of 2 slots filled
David Ahart

Vendor/Village Assistance: 2pm-5pm (2)

Duties include but not limited to 1) Working with AsianFest Organizers to ensure vendors (food/merchants) & villages (various Asian country reps) have what they need to operate throughout the day

 

Vendor/Village Assistance: 5pm-8pm (2)

Duties include but not limited to 1) Working with AsianFest Organizers to ensure vendors (food/merchants) & villages (various Asian country reps) have what they need to operate throughout the day

 
All slots filled
Ryalie Cuary
Already has t-shirt from Emma Nemecek & Can volunteer from 4 to 8 pm
Shalini Bhushan

Runners/Maintenance: 12pm-4pm

Runners/Maintenance: Duties include but not limited to 1) Working directly with all AsianFest Leadership with whatever requests they may have related to any and all aspects of the festival to ensure successful execution (walkie-talkie provided)

 

Runners/Maintenance: 4pm-8pm

Runners/Maintenance: Duties include but not limited to 1) Working directly with all AsianFest Leadership with whatever requests they may have related to any and all aspects of the festival to ensure successful execution (walkie-talkie provided)

 
Ha Nguyen

Runners/Maintenance: 8pm-Close

Runners/Maintenance: Duties include but not limited to 1) Working directly with all AsianFest Leadership with whatever requests they may have related to any and all aspects of the festival to ensure successful execution (walkie-talkie provided)

 
Reetika Bhandari

Photographers/Videographers/Drone Enthusiasts: 12pm-4pm (2)

Love taking pictures or recording movements/activities? We need you! Bring your own camera, video equipment, drone equipment, etc. to help us bring the festival to life 2) You will be assigned an area to take pictures/record activities

 
All slots filled
Makoto Blasa
Juan Gomez

Photographers/Videographers/Drone Enthusiasts: 4pm-8pm (2)

Love taking pictures or recording movements/activities? We need you! Bring your own camera, video equipment, drone equipment, etc. to help us bring the festival to life 2) You will be assigned an area to take pictures/record activities

 
All slots filled
Ethan Hong
Juan Gomez

Photographers/Videographers/Drone Enthusiasts: 8pm-Close (2)

Love taking pictures or recording movements/activities? We need you! Bring your own camera, video equipment, drone equipment, etc. to help us bring the festival to life 2) You will be assigned an area to take pictures/record activities

 
1 of 2 slots filled
Ethan Hong

Tear-down Festival: 10:30pm-1am (30)

Duties include but not limited to other tasks: 1) Tear down tents, tables, chairs 2) Pack-up signage, banners, flags 3) Tear down Kids Zone, Info Booth, Volunteer Booth, Stage Area 4) Ensure event materials are packed away 5) Dispose garbage

 
4 of 30 slots filled
Ethan Hong
Terry Nemecek
Lenny Baker
Madhur Sud


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