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Gift of Hope Foundation’s First Annual Fundraising Gala

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NEW YORK CITY -- With a vision to build and operate a full care hospital in Manila and a number of satellite clinics in the outlying communities to serve the poor and marginal, the Gift of Hope Foundation, Inc. held its 1st Annual Fundraising Gala on Saturday, May 7, 2016, at the fabulous Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City.

The Gift of Hope Foundation, a non-profit organization, was established in July 2013. The Foundation was formed to bring hope by providing health care to those living in the Philippines and improving the quality of lives through healthcare and education. 

In her remarks, Dr.  Angelina V. Lauchangco, founder and president, related to the guests this story that inspired her to form the foundation: “About three years ago, I saw this building sitting on top of the mountain in a town called San Giovanni Rotondo. The building is a hospital called Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza which means the home for the relief of suffering. The sight of this beautiful building seized me. And enveloped me and I got this overwhelming desire to do the same for the poor in the Philippines...and this feeling never left me.

I am fortunate to have met two people Mr. Robert Lyons and Ms. Elisa Gilbert who share the same passion. A doctor, a trial attorney and an accountant, all crazy busy with our jobs. It seemed impossible. 

In July 2013, we created the Gift of Hope Foundation. The purpose of our organization is to help improve the living conditions of the poor Filipinos focusing on healthcare. Our first project is to build a center/hospital in a town about 50 miles from Manila. I would like to share with you the good news that this project is underway. There is a picture of a building that we will convert into a 50 bed hospital. We would like also to make this a Dialysis center. You are probably wondering why a dialysis center. The prevalence of Chronic Kidney Disease in the Philippines is high.  It was 2.6% in 2003. About 10 years later its up to 10% and is the 9th leading cause of death in the Philippines.

I believe that if we can get one Dialysis center running, we can make a huge difference. 

Gift of hope foundation have 2 land donations in other parts of the country. We hope to build satellite clinics in the two areas - one in Cavite and one in Bicol. 

I feel that it is the time for all of us, especially the Filipinos in America to unite and make a sacrifice to help our less fortunate brothers and sisters in the Philippines. We are all blessed, just being here having great food and wine an in a beautiful room that we can all afford. Majority of the people in the Philippines are poor, the necessities like healthcare is so limited. We say let's feed the hungry, but let us also sustain them and give them a quality of life that they yearn for. Let us all join hands and give them HOPE.”

Dr.  Angelina V. Lauchangco is Certified in the American Board of Family Medicine, providing comprehensive health services, with focus on preventive medicine and healthcare education. Dr Lauchangco has been in practice in Midtown Manhattan for over 12 years. She has served a lot of Filipinos in New York.  Mr. Robert Lyons, CPA and Ms. Elisa Gilbert, Esq. helped Dr. Lauchangco establish the Gift of Hope Foundation. 

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