New York Gala: A Red Carpet Affair

More than 300 guests gathered at the Edison Ballroom in Manhattan on May 15 for the 17th Annual New York Gala, an event that honored a member of Britain’s Royal Family and celebrated the birthday of the founder of Friends Without A Border.

The event raised a net total of $390,000 for the benefit of Lao Friends Hospital for Children.

Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice of York was awarded the organization’s first Making A Difference Award for her recent support of the hospital. The princess attended the opening of the newly expanded Neonatal Unit at the hospital in October, as well as the Luang Prabang Gala and a private reception. She also donned her running shoes to participate in the annual Half Marathon fundraiser that weekend.

Actor Sean Maguire (Robin Hood on the ABC series “Once Upon A Time”) expertly performed the duties of master of ceremonies for the evening and Emmy winner Liz Callaway dazzled the audience with her musical stylings.

The evening was capped off with a surprise birthday tribute to Friends Founder Kenro Izu, who was presented with a cake shaped like the camera he has used as an internationally acclaimed photographer.