Former actress and model Tippi Hedren will be honored with the Service of Humanity Award by the Vietnamese-American community-based organization, Boat People SOS, for their 30-year anniversary gala on July 2, 2011 in Washington, D.C. Read the full article here.
Hedren is best known for her role in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds, and is credited with bringing the occupation of nails to the Vietnamese community after the end of the Vietnam War. In the feature above by the ShermanOaks Patch, Hedren is interviewed on how she sponsored 20 Vietnamese refugees, many of whom had fled Vietnam by boat, to go through a nail program to learn the the trade and help provide for themselves in America.
Boat People SOS was founded in 1980 in San Diego and Songkla Camp, Thailand, to help conduct voluntary rescue-at-sea missions, rescuing over 3,000 boat people. The organization has since grown into an international network with the mission to organize and develop the Vietnamese American community through research, advocacy, and community events.