It was overwhelming beyond my expectation at the success of this 2006 Fund Raising Gala. at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Washington DC on May 3 rd 2006 . Especially from all of you, any contribution, that will certainly bring joy and happiness to children in Cambodia.
Sambonn lek's Speech
Good evening ladies and gentlemen.
First I want to thank Ms. . Annie Boutin King and Ms. Colleen Evans who offer us this room for tonight's Gala.
It is an honor to be here and to have so many friends like all of you, who come to support my foundation, Sam Relief, Inc.
Thanks to my wife, Nara , who puts up with me everyday when I sit in front of my computer to work on Sam Relief projects. Thank you to all the members of my Board of Advisors:
- Mr. Bill Batdorf.
- Mr. Clifford Laughton,
- Mr. Stephen Meagher,
- Mr. Bill O'Donnell,
- Mr. Jerry Essenmacher,
- Mr. Don Kroll,
- Mr. Joe Bross,
- Ms.Elizabeth Updike – for all of the assistance given.
Sam Relief just promoted Ms. Margaret Mathes as Vice President of Sam Relief. Margaret has helped Sam Relief since 1999 and has raised more than $30,000 in Lowell , Massachusetts to assist Sam Relief.
Thank you to Mr. Aaron Horton, Mr. Chris Flanagan, Mr. John Broderick, Mr. Jim Riley and Mr. William Eldien, President of Ketel One for donating Ketel- Vodka for the past four years.
Thank you to Ms. Karen McMullen who donated two cases of wine for Auction.
Thank you to my friend Miguel Castro and his friends who are playing Music for us tonight.
I would like to express my deep gratitude and thanks to Mr. Clifford Laughton who donated more than $100.000.00 to build four schools and sponsored a student to attend school.
His five classroom JSM School is being built at Koh sotin Khet Kam Pong Cham.
I especially want to say, "hats off" to my friend Steve Meagher who I have known for the last 30 years.
He also donated three schools. His five classroom facility is now being built at Svay Rieng Province.
Thank you Senator and Mrs. Philip Hoffman who generously donated $25,000.00 to build a five classroom, Lumen Christi school at Tmor Kor Khet Kandal.
Thank you to Liz Updike who worked hard to raise $10,000.00 tonight to build the second Olivia Schools at Bakoo, Khet Kan Dale. and donated $25,000.00 from her own money to build a new Olivia Schools for 2007 project.
Thank you to Pete and Rose who joined us last year 2005.
Thank you to Mr. Barry Cochran and his friend Rolen, CULLMAN REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER, Dr. Chrea and Dr. Sayni who have donated Tylenol over the past four years.
This year we will have four schools to dedicate including educational supplies for over 4000 students.
Again, we will assist the handicapped students by giving school supplies, 10 wells and 10 tons of rice at Koh sotin Kam Pong Cham Province.
So far we have built 12 schools and dug 350 wells for the neediest people in Cambodia.
Sam Relief will help - Friends Without Borders – by providing 10 tons of rice to the children's hospital. Last year 2005 those 10 tons of rice were sponsored by Mayor Roger Claar.
In March 2006 I was privileged to be able to make a short trip to Cambodia . On each trip, I am able to witness the wonderful accomplishments and projects that Sam Relief contributes to. I visited all the schools:
- Stephen Meagher schools at my home town of Svay Rieng , we will dedicate on August 1 st 2006.
- Olivia schools at Khet Kan Dale , we will dedicate on August 2nd, 2006.
- Lumen Chriti School at Tmor kor khet kan Dal, we will dedicate on August 5,200.
- JSM schools at Koh Sotin Kam Pong Cham Province we will dedicate on August 6, 2006.
It will be a great honor to have the Ambassador of the United States to Cambodia , Joseph Adamo Mussomeli, to attend the dedication ceremony for one of those schools.
This past year, farmers in Cambodia have had a very rough time due to a lack of rain. The diminished amount of crops creates a higher poverty level. When Sam Relief donates a ton of rice, we are literally saving lives. While in Cambodia I worked on the preparation for the 2006 relief mission in August of this year.
I am excited about the projects that we are working on. Our mission has a positive effect on the heath and livelihood of the people in my country.
One friend that we deeply miss tonight is our former Cambodian Ambassador, Roland Eng, who has put his heart into helping Sam Relief for the past years. Sam Relief returns his generous support by aiding his orphanage and enabling 50 Students to attend school. As well, we are sponsoring 54 students to attend school and university. Altogether we have 104 students to take care of this year.
- 2002 We raised $ 18,000.00 at the Cambodian Embassy.
- 2003 We raised $ 26,000.00 at the Ritz-Carlton.
- 2004 We raised $ 52,000.00 at the Cambodian Embassy.
- 2005 We raised $108,000.00 at the Ritz-Carlton.
This year we sent out 620 invitations. Of the 250 responses, 100 are here tonight; 150 could not attend but have sent donations. Thus far in 2006 we have raised $ 171,000.00 as of tonight!
We have many applicants asking Sam Relief for schools.
For 2007, we have a commitment from Mr. Gary Bremer to donate $10,000.00 to build a new school as well as we will Olivia School at Kirivong, Takeo Province.
We will respectfully ask Mr. Clifford Laughton, board of Advisor of Sam Relief to donate JSM schools again at Koh Sotin Kam Pong Cham Province at different town.
Again, my deepest thanks to all of you and to my Sam Relief team for tonight.
Thank you so much to Mr. Joe Bross who produced and donated this DVD.
Thank you to all my LOL friend, my daughter Bonnary and my sister Sokhary and Tam our Ketel one Bartender who work hard this evening.
hank you Clair Tesh for helping auction.
Thank you to all generous donors who donated but couldn't attend tonight.
Please enjoy your evening,
President & Founder
Sam Relief, Inc.