On Sunday August 26, 2018 join us at Mexican Heritage Plaza in San Jose for our annual Smiles for Hope Gala. Help us give the gift of smile to every unfortunate child with cleft lip and palate deformity in Vietnam. Through safe, compassionate surgical care, Project Vietn Foundation strive to help to these children improve their ability to eat without aspirating, speak more clearly, and have the confidence to face life without the social stigma of a facial deformity.
With the cost of surgery, transportation, room, and board at $500 per child, we hope to raise enough funds for 80-100 children. We can not do this without your help. Please join us at our Smiles for Hope Fundraising Gala. It will be a formal evening fundraising event with great food, music, auction, fashion show, and dancing, all to help children in need get surgeries that will forever change their lives!
Make A Donations or a Recurring Pledge to the Smile For Hope Program. This donation campaign will go directly to the surgery program to help aid children with cleft lip and palate deformities.
We are proud to invite Bloom Catering to bring great food to the event. “BLOOM – Because Love Overcomes One’s Misfortune” is managed by ACWP (Aid to Children Without Parents), a non-profit organization which provides vocational training and other programs for disadvantaged children in Vietnam, Cambodia and the USA. By collaborating with BLOOM, we hope our guests can enjoy some great asian fusion food while supporting two great charities with the common goal of helping disadvantaged children in Vietnam!
Fashion Show by Kelly V Collection
We are also proud to host a fashion show by Kelly V Collwction at our Smiles for Hope Gala. Kelly V Collection is designed by Kieu Nhu, a young and philanthropic designer who dedicates most of the profits from her designer dresses to help orphanages and poor families in the highlands of Vietnam.
Featured Performances by Bich Van and Sean Buhr
Vietnamese-American singer-actress-songwriter Bich-Van trained at National Music Conservatory in Vietnam and at Bob Cole Conservatory of Music, Long Beach, California, Bich-Van recently graduated with a Masters in Musical Theater at New York University, and an Advanced Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy. Bich-Van is one of the most sought-after Vietnamese vocalists in her genre, and has performed as a soloist with Asia Entertainment, the Vietnamese – American Philharmonic, the Ngan Khoi Chorus, and more. She is also performing in Opera, Musical Theater and stage productions, concerts and Christian events all over the world at prestigious venues.
Sean Buhr is a singer, actor, songwriter, producer and voice teacher based in New York City. Buhr is the founder, producer and director of the annual Desiring the Arts Festival in Iowa. The Desiring the Arts Festival was founded in 2012 and since then has hosted critically acclaimed artists/performers/designers from all over the world. Sean Buhr and his brother, Pat Buhr, founded the McSweeny-Buhr Scholarship for the Arts to help graduating high school students further pursue the arts at the collegiate level.
Junior Featured Artist - Victoria Thuý Vi
Our junior featured artist for our Smiles for Hope gala is singer, actress, and model Victoria Thuý Vi. With a talent to sing in English, Vietnamese, Italian, Latin and Spanish songs, Victoria enjoys supporting fundraisers that are doing good work to make the world a better place for everyone. Affectionately known as the “Voice of San Jose, Jr.” for singing the US, Vietnamese and African American Anthems at San Jose City Hall, Stadiums and many Non-Profits and community events.
In 2014 she recorded two CD’s, in 2015 she won best Vietnamese sentimental vocals on VSTAR Kids, in 2016 she earned a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and traveled to Naples, Italy to perform at Piazza del Plebiscito plaza for a PBS special. Last year, Victoria won the Gold Star for the Northern California NAACP ACT-SO competition for Contemporary and Classical Voice.