September 12, 2013, HOUSTON, TX: The most generous and fashionable Houstonians were in attendance at Asian American Family Services 14th Annual Golden Ball at Hotel ZaZa. This annual fundraising gala benefits the agency’s mental health programs for the underserved in the Asian community. AAFS also promotes an annual campaign for TOTAL HEALTH-BODY & MIND which coincides with the gala and spans for 12 weeks as elected socialites raise awareness and funds for the non-profit organization.

This year AAFS honored Munir Ibrahim, AAFS Board, Immediate Past President who received with the 2013 Golden Harvest Award, Theodore and Naiyana Vora received the 2013 Golden Lantern Award, Dr. Sippi Singh was honored with the prestigious 2013 Luminary Ambassador Award, Farida Abjani was bestowed the Most Spirited Luminary Ambassador Award and John Bradshaw was honored with a third place win in the Luminary Campaign. Congratulations to all of the Luminary Ambassadors, Farida Abjani, Sonia Azad, John Bradshaw, Reyne Hirsch, Neeta Sane, Munir Shivji, Sippi Singh, Tabitha Smith for a wonderful campaign and collectively raising over $71K.

Gala Chair, Viet Hoang, of Yellow Magazine outdid himself again this year with an ingenious event. It was truly an event for the senses, with exquisite sights, sounds and tastes. The evening was filled with fascinating performing arts as masked models paraded Jose Sanchez’s fall 2013 collection and a live band welcomed guests to a sushi bar and Hotel ZaZa’s signature bubble berries champagne cocktails.  After the awards ceremony, the evening proceeded as the guests were then whisked off to a private after party.

Photo Credit: Melissa Chan


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