The New York Gala celebrates the work of Friends Without A Border and honors those who support our work in providing medical care for children in Southeast Asia. The Gala, running concurrently with the Cambodian and Laotian New Year, is a festive evening dedicated to celebrating Southeast Asian culture, with delicious food, a live and silent auction, and a market of unique Asian-inspired gifts.
Friends Without A Border commemorated its 21st anniversary at the 2017 Spring Gala, “Delivering Our Promise!”
Healing Asia Award
The “Healing Asia Award” is the highest honor awarded by Friends Without A Border, commemorating individuals and organizations that are dedicated to helping people across Southeast Asia.
2017: RAD-AID International
2016: Pencils of Promise
2015: Channapha Khamvongsa (Legacies of War)
2013: Helen Ibbitson Jessup (Friends of Khmer Culture, Inc.)
2012: Arn Chorn-Pond (Cambodian Living Arts)
2011: Bernard Krisher (Cambodia Daily)
Best Friend of Friends Award
Each year at the Annual Gala, Friends honors those individuals with tremendous commitment and dedication to our work. Over the course of many years, these individuals have donated their time, talent, and spirit to supporting our work.
2017: Dr. Ron Ablow, Suzanne Brown, CRNA
2016: Dr. Setthy Ung, Barry and Naomi Cohen
2015: Gregory Wakabayashi, George and Dori-Ann Stubos
2014: Dr. Samrang and Bopha Kchao, Dahrek Keo, Irene K. Wong (Saffron 59), Fumiyo Okamori
2013: Tetsuo Kodaira (Restaurant Tokyo), Thana Nop Lee, Amy Farges, Chazz Levi, Trudi Oothout
2010: John A. Bennette
2009: Dr. John and Nina Cassils (Cassils Wettstein Asia Fund)
2008: Ed Bachrach (Build Cambodia)
2007: Howard Greenberg (Howard Greenberg Gallery)
2006: Minoru Minamida
2005: Nancy Storrow