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Evan Louie: The Power of Making A Difference

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Evan Louie started Kona Ice Las Vegas & Henderson in memory of his late wife, Cheryl Fernandez Louie, who passed away of brain cancer. She was well recognized handled the tourism for the Hawaii Visitor and Convention Bureau in Western Region, runner up Miss Hawaii, Miss Oahu Filipina, academic scholar, and woman of the year. She was diagnosed 4 months after being married and 7 1/2 months pregnant with their daughter Cevan Louie.  As a single father, he dedicated his future to building philanthropy, education, and making a difference in the lives of others as a legacy for their daughter. In one year, he formed partnerships with hundreds of schools, sports leagues, non-profits, businesses, churches, and created an open platform called a horizontal and vertical community integration platform. The ideal was for businesses to adopt our community and build a hybrid of venture philanthropy.

As a devoted father, philanthropists, entrepreneur, and community advocate for Asian and Pacific Islanders nationwide he believes that we must build future leaders to make a difference. The company Kona Ice has raised $11 million for schools, sports leagues, and non-profits in 42 states and won #1 Entrepreneur Franchise 500 in 2013.Leadership Award, Bamboo Bridges for helping API women against domestic violence, and honored to drive in Vice President Biden's motorcade with staff during his visit to the Council of Mayors. He also presented awards to the Asian American City Councilwoman Gerri Schroder of Henderson, NV and The White House Commissioner on Asian Pacific Islander Initiatives, Rozita Lee, for women leadership.  

 

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