With GLEF’s first school building project near completion thanks to its generous donors from its first auction gala last July, GLEF’s second school building project, the Taing Krosaing Junior High School in Kampong Cham, Cambodia, will benefit from the proceeds generated by “On the Wings of a Dream”, GLEF’s second annual auction gala and cultural show this Saturday, July 30, 2011.
“On the Wings of a Dream”, emceed by KATU Chief Meteorologist Dave Salesky and 2010-11 Miss Oregon Stephenie D. Steers, kicks off with a silent auction and Cambodian fashion show by Phirath Farley Fashion and Vanny Design, followed by a live auction lead by former Center-Forward for the Portland Trail Blazers and Founder of local non-profit GrassHarper, Michael Harper. Auction items include Cambodian cooking lessons/dinners, spa services, family entertainment, a sailboat ride on the Columbia, a weekend at a rustic Mt. Hood cabin, a weekend at beach home in Lincoln City and more. Guests will enjoy authentic Cambodian cuisine by Good Call Restaurant and Chhunny Sok and traditional music of the tro (string instrument) played by Vuthy Sek (one of only a handful of musicians surviving the Cambodian genocide). The cultural show includes a special performance by Concert Rock Violinist Aaron Meyer joined by student Kilin Ung (son of Kilong Ung, whose memoir, “Golden Leaf: A Khmer Rouge Genocide Survivor” inspired the start of GLEF), and a performance by the Classical Ballet Academy with local talent Satheara Sin, Todd Tschida, accompanied by Cambodian youth dancers. Wrapping up the event are Cambodian classical dancers Bonnearin Sin and Sida Vong.
During the event, this year’s “Golden Leaf Education Foundation Outstanding Service Award” will be presented to Raine Carnegie of Revelstoke, British Columbia, an inspirational 13-year-old who has organized and promoted “Shoes for Swaziland”, which collected over 7,000 pairs of shoes, and “Trick or Eat/Halloween for Hunger”, which collected thousands of pounds of food for the Community Connections Food Bank. Raine was also an ambitious fundraiser for GLEF’s first desk campaign, which in less than one month, resulted in 130 new desks for Taing Krosaing Junior High School.
GLEF’s “On the Wings of a Dream” will be held at: Scottish Rite Center, 709 SW 15th Avenue, Portland, Oregon. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are: $35 for students with valid i.d., $50 general admission and $95 VIP which includes reserved seating for the performances, unlimited drinks and a special Cambodian gift. Tickets are available online. There is no service fee when purchasing tickets through this secure site; it also accepts donations for GLEF, which are tax-deductible. For purchasing tickets through mail, contact GLEF at 503-208-5223 (LEAF) or Info@GoldenLeafSchools.org
“On the Wings of a Dream” is sponsored by Kilong Ung, author of “Golden Leaf: A Khmer Rouge Genocide Survivor”, Cambodian-American Community of Oregon, Classical Ballet Academy, Good Call Restaurant, Phoenix Lotus Photography, Sunshine Painting and Tofino Auctions.