NY Gala Embraces ‘Making A Difference’ Theme

Our heartfelt thanks goes out to the more than 300 people who filled the Edison Ballroom in Manhattan last night (April 5) for the 16th Annual New York Gala and made the event a smashing success.

The fundraising event grossed more than $465,000.

Friends Without A Border Founder Kenro Izu and Board of Directors Chairman Matthew Magenheim made two presentations during the gala: the Excellence in Corporate Leadership Award to Mastercard Chief Financial Officer Martina Hund-Mejean and the Best Friend of Friends Award to longtime Board Member and former Chairman Michael Stern. Congratulations to both!

Kenro Izu thanks gala attendees for their generous support.

Gala attendees heard a first-person account of the incredible work performed by the doctors, nurses and staff at Lao Friends Hospital for Children by Dr. Eric Fleegler, who recently volunteered at the hospital in Luang Prabang. Dr. Fleegler is an emergency medicine physician at Boston Children’s Hospital and an assistant professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.

Nicole Pagourgis describes the ways that Friends Without A Border is “Making A Difference.”

Attendees also viewed “Story of Thongsy,” a video that offers a look at the amazing work being performed by the doctors, nurses and staff at LFHC.

Executive Director Nicole Pagourgis provided an overview of new developments at LFHC and thanked the crowd for “making a difference” with their continues support.

Mastercard Chief Financial Officer Martina Hund-Mejean.
Board of Directors Member and former Chairman Michael Stern.