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    A self-made millionaire, Tim Thien Do has given money to the Vietnamese Catholic Church and Buddhist Temple, Asian Resources and Vietnamese festivals. He takes a break from working at his Catering Food Supplies on Thursday, July 11, 2013, in Sacramento, Calif. "He's a doer, not a politician," said talk show host Nancy Tran. "He has the heart - I would like to see him unify all the factions in the community."
    Renée C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
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    Tim Thien Do, at his Catering Food Supplies business on Thursday, July 18, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif., likes to make, fix and build things, and he doesn't wait for others to get started. "I'm a handyman who does everything," Do said. "If you point fingers nothing happens." Do, who nearly died on a fishing boat when he fled Vietnam's communist regime, is a self-made millionaire, the businessman has given money to the Vietnamese Catholic Church and Buddhist Temple, Asian Resources and Vietnamese festivals. His motivation, he said, is to help others who've faced adversity to improve their lives.
    Renée C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
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    Tim Thien Do, center, welds a fence at his Catering Food Supplies business on July 11, 2012 in Sacramento, Calif. He prefers to be out of the spotlight and work hands-on behind the scenes. "I'm a handyman who does everything,Ó he said. ÒIf you point fingers nothing happens." A self-made millionaire, Do has given money to the Vietnamese Catholic Church and Buddhist Temple, Asian Resources and Vietnamese festivals.
    Renée C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
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    Tim Thien Do fixes a fence at his Catering Food Supplies business on Thursday, July 11, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif. "I'm a handyman who does everything,Ó he said. ÒIf you point fingers nothing happens." A Vietnamese refugee from the killing fields of South Vietnam, Do created his own success. In early July, he opened the $2 million Vietnamese Community Center at 6270 Elder Creek Boulevard, a 12,000-square-foot center encompassing a school, library, game room and community room - that's considered to be the first of its kind in the country. A self-made millionaire, Do has given money to the Vietnamese Catholic Church and Buddhist Temple, Asian Resources and Vietnamese festivals.
    Renée C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
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    Tim Thien Do fixes a fence at his Catering Food Supplies business on Thursday, July 11, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif. "I'm a handyman who does everything,Ó he said. ÒIf you point fingers nothing happens." A Vietnamese refugee from the killing fields of South Vietnam, Do created his own success. In early July, he opened the $2 million Vietnamese Community Center at 6270 Elder Creek Boulevard, a 12,000-square-foot center encompassing a school, library, game room and community room - that's considered to be the first of its kind in the country. A self-made millionaire, Do has given money to the Vietnamese Catholic Church and Buddhist Temple, Asian Resources and Vietnamese festivals.
    Renée C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
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    Tim Thien Do, 55, left, keeps track of inventory he sells at his Catering Food Supplies business on Thursday, July 11, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif. In early July, he opened the $2 million Vietnamese Community Center at 6270 Elder Creek Boulevard, a 12,000-square-foot center encompassing a school, library, game room and community room - that's considered to be the first of its kind in the country. A self-made millionaire, Do has given money to the Vietnamese Catholic Church and Buddhist Temple, Asian Resources and Vietnamese festivals.
    Renée C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
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    Tim Thien Do grinned, ÒWorking is my hobby. I canÕt watch TV except the news. The last time I went anywhere was to Reno to marry my wife in 1985.Ó Do stopped momentarily during his work at his Catering Food Supplies on Thursday, July 11, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif. In early July, he opened the $2 million Vietnamese Community Center at 6270 Elder Creek Boulevard, a 12,000-square-foot center encompassing a school, library, game room and community room - that's considered to be the first of its kind in the country. ÒHe was out there every day, pouring foundation, laying bricks and installing doors, windows and lights,Ó said Stephanie Nguyen, director of the non-profit Asian Resources Inc. ÒAfter the opening ceremony, everybody left and he and his wife cleaned up, scrubbing toilets, picking up trash.
    Renée C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
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    John Nguyen fills up on ice at Tim Tien Do's Catering Food Supplies on Thursday, July 11, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif. In 1986, he and his wife moved to Sacramento and took over a food truck called "5 Start," selling American and Chinese food. When the depot where he parked their food truck closed and folded, Do built the depot and food warehouse that has been key to his success.
    Renée C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
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    Tim Thien Do oversees his Catering Food Supplies business on Thursday, July 18, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif. About 80 food trucks - serving Mexican, Vietnamese and American fare - leave Do's depot as early as 3 a.m. with gas, ice, tapatio sauce, lemon juice, canned tuna and other supplies from his vast warehouse. Then they return to park overnight. Rent is $18 a day. "I'm just a labor guy, I'm not a big man," he humbly says.
    Renée C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
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    Tim Thien Do, right, chats with his wife U.T. Trinh outside their business Catering Food Supplies on Thursday, July 18, 2013. Two hours after they met, Do said, "I don't even want to look at your past, if you want to get married, we'll get married. What are you gonna learn waiting for a year - take a chance!" His wife quipped that he wasn't too handsome - "which means he'll take care of me" - and said yes. Trinh, who manages the warehouse, vacations without him because he can't stand to do nothing. "We went to Las Vegas, stayed at the Bellagio and he left after one day," she said. The couple has two kids, 20 and 22.
    Renée C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
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