Annual New York Gala

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.

Recipients include:

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.

Recipients include:

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