As we looked around the room, we were deeply moved by all the supportive people that attended our eighth Gala Benefit. THANK YOU for being there, for your care, your time, your generosity & your support!
With you, GLEF celebrated the opening its fifth school building, Don Tret Elementary School and the development of its Comprehensive Education Program (CEP) to sustain all GLEF schools.
We thank our volunteers for helping to make our event memorable and special, through its tasty SE Asian cuisine, wine, a spirited raffle and our Cambodian Marketplace. And for all the behind the scenes work, from event preparation, to stage management, registration, photography and more. Thank you.
We thank our emcee team, GLEF supporter Bob Strader and GLEF Performing Arts Director, Bonnearin Sin for elegantly guiding us throughout the program. And to our Founder, Kilong Ung, for empowering our youth with his playful Ki and Monk Talk Show. As always, thank you to all our community youth that participate in GLEF’s Magical Night, whether it be in presenting what you learn through GLEF, to raising funds, to participating in the dance performances. You continue to inspire both fellow young people and adults.
Thanks to our Live Auction donors for the generous packages offered, thanks to those that bid and won these packages and to those that contributed to our Special Appeal — straight up donations. And to our lively, friendly and compassionate auctioneer, Annie M and Marquam Auction Agency — not only do you lead GLEF’s auction, you also contribute to our mission. Thank You.
Thank you to the Cambodian Dance Troupe of Oregon with the guidance of Sinon Him and Chan Phirath Farley for sharing their time, dedication, and creative talents in such beautiful and joyful dance performances.
And wrapping up the evening, thank you to the Amatak Band for sharing your talents of lively music! Our guests had so much fun dancing together. If you have not seen already, please check out our huge Magical Night photo album by GLEF Secretary, Chanly Bob (Thank you, brother Chanly!)
Because of all of this and more, our annual Magical Night Gala Benefit was quite successful. This Gala Benefit exceeded our expectations, as well raising a 30% increase from last year’s donations.
Because of you and Magical Night donations, GLEF can evolve in its development and implementation of its CEP. GLEF can also officially move forward in its new proposal process for building its sixth school. Please stay tuned for more information on this process.
Wishing You & Yours a Joyful Holiday Season,
GLEF Board of Directors