Friends Without A Border: 12th Annual Friends Gala in New York City

April 7th, 2014

sabai designs gallery is very happy to be associated with Friends Without a Border and recently provided artifacts for auction at their 12th Annual Friends Gala. The event was held at The Lighthouse, Chelsea Piers, NYC on Thursday, April 3. The Gala, ‘Expanding the Dream’, raised funds to continue the mission from Cambodia to Laos in support of a healthier future for the children of Southeast Asia. Donations will support the construction of Lao Friends Hospital for Children as well as continued operations of Angkor Hospital for Children, and The Lake Clinic in Cambodia.

Friends Without A Border 12th Annual Gala NYC 2014

The Gala included cocktails and cuisine infused with Asian spices, auctions and a market offering exceptional artifacts from throughout Southeast Asia with live traditional music from Laos and Cambodia. Night views of the Statue of Liberty and the Hudson River made for a spectacular backdrop to the night’s festivities. Below are images of the artifacts for auction from our gallery.

Artifacts from sabai designs gallery for 2014 FWAB Gala
Artifacts from sabai designs gallery auctioned at 2014 FWAB Gala

“Thank you to everyone who came out and supported the gala last night! It was a really fun evening, and we raised lots of money for children’s healthcare. It was so heartwarming to see all the hands raised in the air, pledging to help, during our live auction “fund-a-need”. We truly have some amazing friends out there”, Friends Without A Border.

Antique Bronze Temple Gong Auctioned at FWAB Gala
Bidding at Friends Without A Border 12th Annual Friends Gala

Friends Without A Border is committed to care for, educate and support the destitute, abandoned, neglected, ill and dependent children and their families in Southeast Asia, starting in Cambodia and now in the process of building a pediatric hospital in Luang Prabang, Laos.

FWAB was first conceived when Kenro Izu visited Cambodia to photograph the famous Angkor temples in 1993, and witnessed firsthand the suffering of Cambodian children. By 1996, FWAB was officially founded and the next year Angkor Hospital for Children was built in cooperation with the Governor of Siem Reap and the Minister for Health. Since then the hospital has continued to expand its facilities and has become an official teaching hospital with the support of FWAB. In 2011, the Angkor Hospital for Children treated its one millionth patient and in 2013 a long anticipated goal of ‘a Cambodian hospital for Cambodians by Cambodians’ was reached when FWAB handed over operations to a local NGO (AHC International).

 We believe every child has the right to a healthy and loving life”, Friends without a Border