Friends Without A Border 2016 Annual New York Gala: Celebrating 20 Years of Friends

April 16th, 2016

Sabai Designs Gallery is happy to have participated in the 2016 Friends Without A Border Annual New York Gala for the third consecutive year by providing Southeast Asian artifacts for auction at the event. The Friends Without A Border 20th Anniversary celebration was held on April 7 at The Lighthouse, Chelsea Piers, in New York City.

Over 280 guests joined with Friends to celebrate this milestone, and nearly $200,000 was raised for children’s healthcare in Southeast Asia. Visit the Commemorative Journal  highlighting 20 years of Friends.

This year, Friends Without A Border welcomed celebrated cellist, humanitarian, and United Nations Messenger of Peace, Yo-Yo Ma as their Goodwill Ambassador.

Supporting Friends Without A Border

The mission of Friends Without A Border (FWAB) is to provide high quality health care to the children of Southeast Asia by creating community health education programs including the training of local healthcare professionals. FWAB was founded in 1996 by world renowned photographer Kenro Izu after he witnessed the suffering of Cambodia’s children during a trip to photograph the Angkor monuments. Since then, FWAB founded the Angkor Hospital for Children, in Siem Reap, Cambodia, which opened in 1999, and has treated more than 1.5 million children to date. Last year saw the doors open to their second hospital, the Laos Friends Hospital for Children in Luang Prabang, Laos. FWAB is the proud recipient of the Nobel Prize for Children’s Advocacy. You can visit there site and donate here: Friends Without A Border

Supporting Friends Without A Border Auction
Traditional Dancers and Music at 2016 FWAB Annual Gala
 
Friends Without A Border 20th Anniversary Gala NYC 2016
Artifacts for Auction  at Friends Without A Border 20th Anniversary Gala NYC 2016
Artifacts from sabai designs gallery at Friends Without A Border 20th Anniversary Gala NYC 2016
FWAB 2016 Annual Gala Celebrating 20 Years of Friends
The Founder of FWAB, Kenro Izu (wearing scarf and bow tie) with Honored Guests
View from Chelsea Piers at Friends Without A Border 20th Anniversary Gala NYC 2016

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