10th Anniversary: Magical Night, Sat. Oct. 5, 2019

A Night of Friendship, Entertainment & Fun!

Please join us for GLEF’s Magical Night, Sat. Oct. 5, 2019!

It’s our 10th Anniversary of our gala benefit —

Come celebrate with us and feel great about supporting an amazing cause: building schools in rural Cambodia.

Enjoy SE Asian cuisine, wine, a lively raffle, live auction and a most lovely Aspara Dance, lead by Bonnearin Sin for your entertainment.

Bayon Band (led by Khmer GQ) will also be playing at the event, so dancing for everyone!

Come experience the magic and be a part of a force that changes lives.

  • Sat. Oct. 5, 2019 • Event Starts 5:00 pm (Doors open a half-hour before)
  • Clark Community College, Gaiser Student Center 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver
  • VIP $95 • Adults $50 • Students & Seniors $35
  • Sponsor a Table (Seat 8) • $400
  • Purchase Tickets Here to reserve your spot today.

Event Proceeds Benefit GLEF Schools in Cambodia.

Just completing our 5th school building, and preparing for our 6th school building, Magical Night proceeds go toward sustaining all GLEF schools through the development of our Comprehensive Educational Program (CEP) — Past, Present & Future.

Cocktail or Cambodian Formal Attire Encouraged

TICKETS

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2018 “Magical Night” Gala Benefit — Success!

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

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Gala Benefit “Magical Night” Sat. Oct. 6, 2018

A Night of Friendship, Entertainment & Fun!

Please join us for GLEF’s seventh Magical Night, Sat. Oct. 6, 2018!

It’s GLEF’s Eighth Annual Magical Night Gala Auction thanks to generous people like you!

Enjoy a festive evening full of friends, delicious Cambodian cuisine, wine, lovely auction items and performances lead by Sinon Him. This year, we’ll also celebrate with Khmer music and floor dancing!

  • Sat. Oct. 6, 2018 • Event Starts 5:30 pm (Doors open a half-hour before)
  • Clark Community College, Gaiser Student Center 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver
  • VIP $95 • Adults $50 • Students & Seniors $35
  • Sponsor a Table (Seat 8) • $400
  • Purchase Tickets Here to reserve your spot today.

Event Proceeds Benefit GLEF Schools in Cambodia.

Just completing our 5th school building, Magical Night proceeds go toward our new Comprehensive Educational Program (CEP) to sustain all GLEF School Buildings — Past, Present & Future. This video tells more information about our CEP.

Cocktail or Cambodian Formal Attire Encouraged

TICKETS

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Developing the GLEF Comprehensive Educational Program

In Nov. 2017, GLEF shared with its donors and supporters at the Seventh Annual “Magical Night” fundraiser about the upcoming develop its Comprehensive Educational Program (CEP). 

The goals of the CEP are:

  • Plan to Upkeep All GLEF Schools for Future Generations
  • Include After School Programming
  • Further Support for Students

This video tells more about the CEP.

To begin the CEP process, in February 2018, GLEF Ambassadors visited two of the five GLEF school buildings to touch base with the principals, teachers and students in person, as well has document the conditions of the buildings in order to access wear and tear (i.e. paint fading from the hot and sunny, Cambodian days). These visits provided helpful information to guide GLEF in formulating the CEP for its current school buildings and to improve future projects. 

The GLEF board is currently developing the CEP and plan to share updates at the Eighth Annual “Magical Night”, Sat. Oct. 6, 2018. Please join us to celebrate and hear the latest news!

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GLEF Completes Construction on 5th School Building

GLEF Ambassadors from the U.S. and Canada gather to help celebrate the grand-opening of Don Tret Community Elementary School in February 2018.

The construction of the new GLEF building at Don Tret Community Elementary School inin Somlaut in the Battambang Province in Cambodia is now complete. A three-room school has been built to support this new and growing village.  This project was made possible by individuals giving throughout the world, including generous donors at GLEF annual’s “Magical Night in Cambodia” fundraiser in 2016. 

In 2014, Project Leads and GLEF Ambassadors Paul and Samantha Eang submitted a project request to GLEF to consider building a more sustainable structure for this dedicated community. The proposal was approved in 2015, full funding was reached in 2016 and construction started in 2017.

In February of 2018, GLEF Ambassadors from the U.S. and Canada visited Don Tret to celebrate the grand-opening of the new school building. Joining GLEF on this trip was former Cambodian Ambassador to the U.S, Heng Hem and his wife.

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Gala Benefit “Magical Night” Sat. Nov. 4, 2017

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A Night of Friendship, Fashion & Fun!

Please join us for GLEF’s seventh Magical Night, Sat. Nov. 4, 2017!

It’s GLEF’s Seventh Annual Magical Night Gala Auction thanks to generous people like you!

Enjoy a festive evening full of friends, delicious Cambodian cuisine, wine, lovely auction items and performances by the Dance Troupe of Oregon and the Khmer Angkor Dance Troupe (of Vancouver, WA.) This year, we’ll also celebrate with Khmer music and floor dancing!

Event Proceeds Benefit GLEF Schools in Cambodia.

While constructing our 5th school building, Magical Night proceeds go toward developing comprehensive plans to:

  • Provide Quality Education Programs at GLEF Schools.
  • Sustain all GLEF School Buildings — Past, Present & Future.

Please visit GLEF’s Facebook page often for project & event updates.

Cocktail or Cambodian Formal Attire Encouraged

TICKETS

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GLEF Construction of 5th School Building

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Construction of our fifth school building project, Don Tret School in the Samlot District in Battambang Province in Cambodia is well underway! A three-room school is being built and you can see the progress of phases 1-3 on the GLEF’s Facebook page.

Soeur School Community Greets GLEF at its Groundbreaking Ceremony.

Soeur School Community Greets GLEF at its Groundbreaking Ceremony.

GLEF Executive Director, Sophorn Cheang was present at the January 2017 site visit.

One of the purposes of the visit was to form a construction committee. Five members were nominated and selected: Mr. Puthy Tauch (a representative from Department of Education, Youth and sports in the district), Mr. Pheng Choun (TaSaagn District Chief), Mrs. Khoeun Prak (Village Chief),  Mr. Tola Voeun (Don Tret School Principal), Mr. Nit Khit (member of school committee).

The visit was also an opportunity to connect with the students and faculty and to distribute school supplies.

Mr. Sovanna Sok (Former Principal of Bak Touk High School, GLEF’s Executive Director’s ninth-grade teacher), provided some educational advice and shared his personal knowledge to the current principal. He also donated some of his personal money to the school principal.

It was a joyful day. Please see GLEF’s Facebook page for more photos from the day’s events.

This visit was a partnership between GLEF and UT Crop Protection Company in Cambodia. UT Crop Protection has supported the entire trip to Battambang including school supplies for students (202 students, 2 notebooks, 2 pencils and 1 pen each), calendars and planners for teachers, principal and community leaders.

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GLEF Completes Construction on 4th School Building

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The construction of the new GLEF building at Soeur Village Elementary School in Banteay Mancheay Province (Northern Cambodia) is now complete. A three-room school has been built where a worn building was torn down.  This project was made possible by individuals giving throughout the world, including generous donors at GLEF annual’s “Magical Night in Cambodia” fundraiser in 2014. Please check out GLEF’s Facebook page for Soeur School project photos.

This project was built in honor of former Soeur School teacher, Sok Prang father of Project Lead Chhunny Sok. During the Khmer Rouge Regime, he endured a multitude of hardships because he was a teacher. No one in the regime wanted to risk having people around that would test their intelligence. The war tried stripping Sok Prang of his compassion for teaching and educating, but he never stopped hanging on to hope. He continued to teach after the war and graced our world until 2005. We are honored to help carry on Prang’s legacy of love for education.

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GLEF Begins Construction on 4th School Building

GLEF_Soeur-03.15Thanks to the success of our 2014 “Magical Night in Cambodia” fundraiser, construction of our fourth school building project, Soeur Village Elementary School in Banteay Mancheay Province (Northern Cambodia) began the first week of February, 2015. A three-room school is being built where a worn building was torn down. Nov 2015 Update: The new Soeur School building now completed.  Please check out GLEF’s Facebook page for Soeur School project photos.

Soeur School Community Greets GLEF at its Groundbreaking Ceremony.

Soeur School Community Greets GLEF at its Groundbreaking Ceremony.

Project Lead, Chhunny Sok was present (pictured above) at the ground breaking ceremony, Jan. 9, 2015 in the exact place of the classroom of father, Sok Prang taught years back. During the Khmer Rouge Regime, he endured a multitude of hardships because he was a teacher. No one in the regime wanted to risk having people around that would test their intelligence. The war tried stripping Sok Prang of his compassion for teaching and educating, but he never stopped hanging on to hope. He continued to teach after the war and graced our world until 2005. We are honored to help carry on Prang’s legacy of love for education.

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GLEF Annual Winter Potluck Sat, Feb 7

GLEF_2015-PotluckCelebrating GLEF’s Fifth Year, come visit and hear stories from GLEF’s January 2015 trip to Cambodia sucha as the Svay Klaing School dedication ceremony, Soeur School ground breaking ceremony, stories of giving medical supplies, bicycles, uniforms and much more on Saturday, February 7, 2015 starting at 5 p.m.

All are welcome! Please bring friends and family. Children are welcome.
Admission is free!

POTLUCK

Those with a last name starting with A-N:
Please bring salad or dinner dish. Suggestions include salad rolls, pad thai, Cambodian chicken or tofu salad, stew, or whatever is your favorite dish.

Those with a last name starting with O-Z:
Please bring dessert or fruit.

When
Sat, Feb 7, 2015

Where
Oaks Park Pavilion
7805 Southeast Oaks Park Way, Portland, OR 97202

EVENT SCHEDULE

5:00 p.m.
Doors open and potluck buffet will be set up as people arrive. People can eat whenever they wish.

7:00 p.m.
GLEF Introductions
Stories from GLEF’s January trip to Cambodia

8:00 p.m.
Time to Dance!
Sambo Tep, DJ Music

RSVP & MoreInformation
Info@GoldenLeafSchools.org

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