Tala Samoa, Samoan News, Los Angeles
Taeao Fou EFKS Fund Raiser was a huge success
By Mile Stanley
Nothing like having a successful fundraising- event. That was the consensus at the Carson Hall, in Carson California last weekend where the Taeao Fou EFKS church held their annual fund raiser while celebrating Easter with over several thousand members of the Samoan community.
They had a unique idea of turning off the lights at the opening of the evening and the only light was a little lamp over the podium. You couldn’t hear a pin drop but the voice of the speaker and then Rev. Time. What a brilliant idea to open with a little quiet time for the Lord. It just made the evening extra special and different.
Like British Prime Minister David Cameron said delivering his warm speech for 2015 Easter holiday, “Easter is time for Christians to celebrate the ultimate triumph of life over death in a resurrection of Jesus. Churches are not just collection of beautiful old buildings, but a living active force doing great works right across the country. When people are homeless the church is there with hot meals and shelter, when people are addicted or in debt, when people are suffering or grieving, the church is there”.
Taeao Fou Congregational Christian Church EFKS was originally from Sapapali'I and started by 11aiga. And now it’s growing. People noticed the strong support from Rev. Tiatia and wife Eseta and their congregation. They joined the Taeao Fou Church and guests to eat and dance together. The $30 ticket was well worth the price with excellent food, beautiful show, as well as the entertainer Atoa Ripley singing who also contributed to spice up the evening. Verona Parker hosted the event and she was impressively talented throughout the evening.
These pictures were taken before the opening - prayer as the participants were still entering in. It was mostly in groups of 6 or more who attended and this caused quite a queue outside to get in. The hall was packed so they had to add more tables to accommodate the guests.
As the evening concluded it was evident that this was one evening people would remember and mark on their calendars for next year. Tuilaepa Faafetai Su'a, the event coordinator was extremely pleased with the turn out and the presence of so many well respected members of the Samoan community. There were members of the business community there also including Digicel.
It was a classy evening that was made very enjoyable by the entertainers Atoa Ripley and the Original Band who performed the kind of music that is compatible with a classy night out. Verona Parker also was a hit as she hosted the event and showed her classy persona as the actress in some of the most popular Samoan movies out today including "Silamanino." Besides the great music of Atoa Ripley, the Taeao Fou Youth performed excellent cultural dances that were both beautiful and an example of how youth programs of the church are succeeding in helping these Samoan youth maintain their culture and pride as Samoans.
The numbers of paying patrons were indeed impressive, infact the Carson Civic hall was unable to seat all the patrons who came out. There many who were turned away due to the lack of seating. The night was one that reflected a special night for the Samoan community. This was evident because it was a well dressed crowd, the food was delicious and the entertainment top notch. Those who were there seemed to feel like this was the type of event they would enjoy more of. At the end of the evening many did not want to leave but were talking and socializing even though the security were trying to get them to disperse.
The final amount raised was close to $45,000 and this would be going to assist the church in its programs for the youth, the needy and the other special needs of the congregation. Congratulations to the Taeao Fou EFKS Church for such a successful and well put together event. No doubt next year they will need a larger hall to accommodate the crowd.
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"O Oe ma lau Taulaga" Annual Fund Raiser for EFKS Taeao Fou Church April 4, 2015
"O oe ma lau Taulaga " is a special once a year event where the membership of the Taeao Fou EFKS Church in Los Angeles, CA. hold a special night of excellent entertainment with sit down dinner and excellent food catered for those who attend. This event will raise money for the functions and operations of their church for the entire year. The tickets are $30 each but are very limited so purchase them now to secure a seat.
This event is also where each family of the Church prepare their Taulaga or Offering of Thanksgiving, which is a commemoration of all the blessings the family has received throughout the year which they convert into money and is donated to the Church. Taupous will present each family's Taulaga. The presentation of Taulagas will be contextualized in all instances applying the Samoan cultural presentations of significance such as Ifoga, Talomua, Si'i alofa, Suata'i and Afiafi o Aiga throughout the evening. So this will be a very dramatic and culturally enhanced evening. But more importantly this is a heart felt offering given with free will and happy hearts by members of the congregation.
This year the entertainment is provided by Atoa Ripley, a versatile entertainer who has performed for over 40 years starting in Pago Pago, American Samoa. he has since moved to the East Coast of the USA where he has performed for over 20 years. He will be joined by the prolific Original Band. The host for the event is the one and only Verona Parker who is the star of Silamanino. Verona Parker was also Miss Samoa and Ms. South Pacific between the years of 1996 and 1997 but is now an actress appearing in the popular series Silamanino.
The Church expects a large turnout and have 500 tables available for those who will be coming. But those tables will be sold out very quickly so purchase your tickets now.
Ole fa'afiafiaga lenei oloo saunia atu iai le Ekalesia ole Taeao Fou EFKS, ua fa'aigoaina "O oe ma lau taulaga", ole a faia lea ile Carson Civic Center ile aso 4 o Aperila, 2015. Ose tasi lenei o gaoioiga o le ekalesia lenei ua masani ai ma o se avanoa lenei mo e oloo auai i lenei ekalesia e mafai ai ona foa'i le taulaga faafetai i le Atua e ala lea i le fa'atasiga lenei. Sa saunoa mai le Afioga ia Tuilaepa Fa'afetai Su'a "Ia faia ma le lotomalie ma le agaga fa'afetai i le Atua ona o ana fa'amanuiaga i le Tausaga atoa."
Ose fa'afiafiaga tele ua sauni atu iai le au lotu ma ua latou fa'afeso'ota'ia le susuga ia Atoa Ripley, o ia o se tasi o alii pese lauiloa i Samoa ae maise foi i inei Amerika ina ia fa'afiafia i lea po. O le a fa'apea fo'i ona fa'afiafia ai le fa'aili ole Original Band mai Los Angeles. A'o le ole a fa'afoea lea afiafi poo le MC o le tama'ita'i o Verona Parker mai le ata tifaga ole Silamanino mai Samoa.
Ia vave nei loa ona fa'atau pepa mo lea fa'afiafiaga aua o le a mautinoa le tumutumu o le atunu'u ilea po. Ose afiafi taua lenei ole a faia ai le tele o tu ma aganu'u ole tatou atunu'u. Ae le gata i lea o le a faafiafiaina ai oe ile matagofie o fa'afiafiaga ae le gata i lea o mea tausami ua saunia e le ekalesia mo e ole a fa'atasi atu iai.
The AIGA Foundation Polynesian All American Bowl
Samoans in Los Angeles Editor, Mile Stanley was at the AIGA Foundations big Polynesian All American Bowl last weekend and she took photos of the players, the fans and the celebrities at the game. It was a great game and the families of the players who came from all over the USA were totally entertained. We acknowledge AIGA Foundation's mission to help Student Athletes to further their education by improving their chances to get Football Scholarships as they graduate from High School to College.