Element Care Hosts Khmer New Year Celebration with Community Health Center

May 9, 2017

Element Care hosted approximately 100 people at its PACE Center in Lowell, MA, on April 19 to celebrate the Khmer New Year. The event was co-sponsored by the Lowell Community Health Center (LCHC).

Susan West Levine, CEO of LCHC, welcomed everyone in attendance, while Bob Wakefield, CEO of Element Care, provided background on the festivities.

Among the highlights of the event was a percussion ensemble. The celebration also featured four dance performances by the Lowell Community Charter Public School. The Blessing, a traditional Khmer dance from the Cambodian classical ballet used to mark special holidays, offers a wish for good health, happiness, prosperity and success. Phoung Neary and Tivey Propey are Cambodian classical dances. The first describes the beauty of Khmer women, while the second was designed to give young dancers experience in movement and the rhythm of the classical orchestra. The Pestle is a Cambodian folk dance celebrating the hard work of the harvest.

Element Care is a nonprofit, health care organization that serves the Massachusetts North Shore, the Merrimack Valley, and the northeast region of Middlesex County.

Susan West Levine and Bob Wakefield welcomed attendees.

Students from the Lowell Community Charter Public School performed four dances.

The celebration featured traditional, classical and folk dances from Cambodia.

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