MOST OUTSTANDING NEW EVENT NOMINEE – VSOUL: THE GOLDEN LOTUS

Provide a detailed description of the event and the population it served. Details MUST include: date of event, number of participants, program purpose (goals, objectives, etc.), use of resources (finances, community support, etc.), and marketing techniques.

Date: November 3, 2018
Participants: 30
Purpose: Combine Vietnamese and American gambling games
Resources: Hosted at UL student union
Marketing: Facebook invite, countdown posts, and sharing on social media’s

What inspired your organization to create this new event?

A casino night that was hosted by our school previous years

What efforts were used to motivate and involve the organization’s members?

Volunteering

Did the organization overcome any challenges that arose while planning and implementing the event? How?

Mainly improvising during the event.

Additional Comments (Optional)

This event was inspired by the classic casino night. Now everyone knows that in a typical casino night you have to have poker and blackjack, but wouldn’t it be even more fun to add some classic Vietnamese games. We decided to mix the games to create the first ever Golden Lotus. We had the idea for this event for a while and we didn’t want to place it around the early spring semester, so it would clash with Lunar New Year events. Also (I just think this is cool) the name came from the idea of the Golden Nugget (which is a casino in Lake Charles). It was definitely difficult to host this event, because there were so many things to account for, like the currency, game moderators, food, music, photos, there were so many hurdles, but not enough to keep us down. Nevertheless, we were able to host a spectacular event, and hopefully with the known speed bumps, VSOUL will be able to make it bigger and better the next school year.