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Charity holds benefit for Cambodian children's hospital

par Heather Mayer, DOTmed News Reporter | October 19, 2010
In order to raise money for Cambodia's Angkor Hospital for Children, New York-based Friends Without a Border is hosting its 11th annual benefit Saturday in Tenafly, N.J.

The hospital, completed in 1999, has treated more than 650,000 children, according to FWAB.

"We feel very strongly that this is one hospital that's making a difference in Cambodia," an FWAB spokeswoman told DOTmed News by e-mail.

The teaching hospital, which also has a large, growing outreach program, engages in community-building and education.

This year's event features a multi-course meal prepared by a Cambodian caterer, and it will include Cambodian-flavored shrimp, fish and vegetables. Benefactors will participate in a silent auction, featuring hand-sewn silk pouches, bamboo-woven containers and colorful scarves.

Ankgor Hospital for Children serves as the pediatric department for Siem Reap's Provincial Hospital, providing outpatient, inpatient, acute, emergency, surgical, low-acuity, dental and ophthalmologic care. Patients are asked to pay a small, fixed fee if they can afford it, but all treatment and inpatient care is free.

The benefit will be held Sat. from 6:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. John Banquet Hall in Tenafly, N.J. Tickets are available for children ages 10 and under for $45 and adults for $75. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.fwab.org/help_event.php or call (212) 691-0909 to purchase by phone.