2019 The Journey of Courage Gala

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Welcome to our 1st Annual Fundraising Gala – The Journey of Courage

The Journey of Courage gala is a true celebration of the human spirit from our past, present, and future.  It marks how wisdom, determination, courage, love, compassion, and sacrifice can transform something ordinary into something extraordinary.  It shows us that the human spirit offers us the capacity to sustain the benevolence of humanity.  We recognize the sacrifices of our past generations, and their sacrifices will not be forgotten.  It is their indomitable human spirit that inspires us to do more and continue to carry on the tradition of giving in order to improve the human condition.  

The Journey of Courage gala, indeed, is a special event for our foundation.  It marks the first step of commencing our foundation’s vision and mission.  It is an astonishing and humbling experience for us to have accomplished so much in a short period of time.  We owe our success to you – our donors, sponsors, and partners. Now that we have opened our door to the world, we invite you today to take that first step with us on this path to improving the human condition and making the world a better place for children.  We look forward to our partnership as we grow, thrive, and serve our communities globally.

Please join us on this evening for cocktails, live entertainment, 4-course dinner, auctions, and opportunities to purchase exceptional auction items, all to benefit the Rosa Thay Nguyen Children’s Foundation programs to help children.  

WHERE?         21500 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, CA 92648

WHEN?           June 15, 2019

WHAT TIME? From 5:30 pm to 12:00 am

PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS $250 PER PERSON

5:30 – 6:45 PM Gala Reception
All gala guests will check in at registration area.  Guests will enjoy music, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and a fantastic silent auction.

7:00 – 10:00 PM Welcome and Opening of the Gala with Butterfly Ceremony

Musical Performance by Lila Owen & Kevin Wood

Guest Speakers
Live Auction of Extraordinary Items
4-Course Dinner provided by the Hyatt Resort & Spa Professional Chefs

10:00 PM After Party
Closing of Dinner, Live Auction, and Recognition of Founding Donors and Sponsors.  Live music will play for your dancing pleasure and social networking.

CONTRIBUTIONS BY ARTISTS

Thank you artists for contributing your work and time to the Journey of Courage Gala and using the power of art to transform the world

 Lila Owen, Soprano Singer

Lila Owen, Soprano Singer

 

Thank you Lila for using your voice to change the world.  You are amazing and an inspiration to many young people. 

Lila Owen has been classically trained as a soprano singer since early childhood.  ​She also enjoys dance lessons in ballet and jazz, and plays the piano and violin and is involved in theater. 

Lila attends classes at the South Shore Music Conservatory, Norwell Voice Studio, Laura’s Center for the Arts and the South Coast Repertory. 

She has been invited to perform in a number of musical and charitable events, including but not limited to, “May it Be,” by Enya; “Titanium,” by Sia which she performed at Molly’s Spring Recital, Harbor Christian Church; and “Fly to Your Heart,”  by Selena Gomez at the Derby Academy Talent Show. 

 Kevin Wood, Musician, Songwriter, & Pianist

Kevin Wood, Musician, Songwriter, & Pianist

 

Thank you Kevin for writing and recording a beautiful music piece for the Rosa Thay Nguyen Children’s Foundation.  Kevin Wood will be performing to an original soundtrack entitled A Better You, music and lyrics he and Elizabeth Nguyen-Espinoza completed together, hoping to inspire others to join the foundation’s efforts in helping children.

Kevin Wood is a singer, songwriter, pianist, and actor in the Southern California region.  He received the title of Best Local Artist by the Best of Long Beach Awards. As an actor, Kevin was recently seen at Long Beach Playhouse as Charles Guiteau in Stephen Sondheim’s “Assassins”. Other favorites are the national tour of RENT and the Last 5 Years. 

He recorded 3 albums of his own material on iTunes. He’s also sailed the world singing!  A Long Beach resident, you can SeeKevSing around town. For more information, visit www.SeeKevSing.com

 Tobia Forrest, Musician

Tobia Forrest, Musician

 Russell Dunlap, Musician

Russell Dunlap, Musician

 Andy Nation, Musician

Andy Nation, Musician

 Damien Smith, Musician

Damien Smith, Musician

 Liz Nguyen-Espinoza, Artist

Liz Nguyen-Espinoza, Artist

 Erin McDonald, Artist

Erin McDonald, Artist

 Laura Rice Robinson, Artist

Laura Rice Robinson, Artist

 Betty Shelton, Artist

Betty Shelton, Artist

 Mary Jo Stauner, Artist

Mary Jo Stauner, Artist

 Lani Owen, Artist

Lani Owen, Artist

 Linh Nguyen, Photographer

Linh Nguyen, Photographer

 Ani Dylan, Art Therapist

Ani Dylan, Art Therapist

 Machiko Naganuna, Artist

Machiko Naganuna, Artist

 Jessica Chong, Artist

Jessica Chong, Artist

 Federica Campagnari, Artist

Federica Campagnari, Artist

 Lam Thuy, Artist

Lam Thuy, Artist

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