Fundraising Events


Join Surgeons of Hope at the SoulCycle studio on June 14, 2018 at 7:00 pm for an exciting evening!

Get your hearts pumping for a great cause, as all proceeds go towards our efforts in saving the lives of children in Latin America suffering from heart disease. Please expect to arrive between 6:30 pm to 6:45 pm. Individuals at all activity levels are welcome.

We hope to see you there! You can book your tickets here.

Meet Our Heroes

Our annual “meet our heroes” event at the UN was a great success! Thank you to Dr. Bacha, Dr. Cheung, to H.E. Juan Carlos Mendoza García and to Shannan Pearsall for reminding us that sometimes, the greatest form of bravery is a faithful optimism in others.


151 guests attended the gala dinner and charity auction to benefit surgeons of hope (SOH) and to honor Philip Glass, one of the 20th century’s most influential composers.

The evening began with a tribute to Jimmy Kimmel’s newborn son, William, who underwent a successful heart surgery for a congenital heart defect. Throughout the evening, we celebrated the fashion forward thinking and elegant designs of Henry Picado, the legacy of music from Philip Glass and the life-saving work of doctors who travel on behalf of our organization and mission. The evening also included comments from SoH’s President Dr. Da Cruz; SoH’s Board Member Dr. Ushay; SoH’s Executive Director Charles-Edouard Catherine; graceful transitions by our emcee and CNN Entertainment Reporter Chloe Melas, and Live and Dutch auctions led by Jennifer Wright from Christie’s.

The ornate chandeliers and artwork at Central Park South’s Essex House brightened the evening for our guests, who were welcomed with hors d’oeuvres and champagne donated by Mario Rinaldi. A three-course meal followed, each course paired with wine to accentuate one’s dining experience. Witty and charming bidding during the live auction rewarded several guests with vacations to Burgundy and the South of France, including business-class tickets donated by Air France; a custom-made dress by designer Henry Picado; and scores signed by Philip Glass.

Organizing an event such as this one wouldn’t be possible without the key contribution of our close friends Orly Beigel and Henry Picado, and the great work of our staff. Thank you all for making this possible!

You can view the best pictures of the Gala HERE.

A special thank you to: Air France, Publicis Health, Vendome, Mr. & Mrs. Altier, Karine Anidjar, Vih Augusto, Orly Beigel, Patricia Cartin, Paul Chaffard, Mr. and Mrs. Chitayat, Yann Coatanlem, Jules Coulaud, Arnaud de Vienne, Mina Deutsch, Mr. & Mrs. Fox, Adeline Granerau, Wilfrid Groizard, Thierry Huck, Joel Isaacs, Mr. & Mrs. Katz, Mr. & Mrs. Longchampt, Mr. & Mrs. Maisonrouge, Jose Manuel Cruz, Henry Picado, Mr. & Mrs. Pine, Matthieu Salvignol, Sophie Schyler, Barbara Sibley, Peace Simon, Alexandra Spirer, Dr. & Mrs. Ushay, Mr. and Mrs. Walentas and Wen Zhou!


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2016 Annual Hope Charity Gala

15th Anniversary of the Foundation

Thank you for making our fourth annual gala, “A Night for Hope,” a great success!

Sharing the evening with two notable attendees, Henry Picado and Jairo Arrieta, made our event at the Pierre extra special. Henry, a renowned fashion designer from Costa Rica, donated some of his beautiful designs and put on a wonderful fashion

show! Jairo Arrieta, a Costa Rican soccer star, was our honoree for the evening.

And thanks to Chloe Melas of CNN for serving as our master of ceremonies.

Surgeons of Hope is profoundly grateful to ESTE & CHLO, and to Mr. Picado for his generosity and depth of caring. We raised close to $200,000 for the children of Latin America. Thank you.

2016 Gala Sponsors

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2015 Annual Hope Charity Gala



Highlights of the evening included a champagne reception, the premiere of a new film documenting the work of SoH, a mission overview presented by SoH President Eduardo da Cruz, MD, of Children’s Hospital Colorado, and the presentation of awards to the honorees. The evening also included comments from SoH Executive Director Charles-Edouard Catherine and Live and Dutch auctions led by Antoine Treuille.

Watch the film here.

The bright lights of Fifth Avenue added elegance to the setting, accentuated by floral arrangements donated by Alix Astir. Guests were welcomed with champagne donated by Pernod-Ricard. A four course dinner followed, each course paired with an appropriate fine wine, donated to create the perfect dining experience. Lively auction bidding rewarded the winners with vacations in the North and South of France, including business class tickets donated by Air France, and an IWC chronograph watch. The silent auction included magnums of fine wines, gift certificates to the best of New York restaurants, brim-filled cosmetic baskets, a hat box full of chocolates, and more.

Grand Sponsors of the evening included: Air France, Mr. and Mrs. Michel Berty and Publicis Group. Individual Benefactors included: Mr. Jean Denoyer and Ms. Karin Hehenberger; James Jaggers, MD; Mr. Jean Karoubi and Michelle de la Mothe, MD; Mr. and Mrs. Michel Longchampt, Mr. David Sadroff; Mr. Andre Spears and Ms. Anne Rosen; and Mr. Jean-Luc Teinturier.

2015 Gala Sponsors

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2014 Annual Hope Charity Gala

The second Annual Hope Charity Gala was hosted at Brasserie Ruhlmann in Rockefeller Plaza on Sunday, May 4 2014. Honoring philanthropist Jean Shafiroff and Kevin Hughes, clinical cardiovascular specialist for Edwards Lifesciences, the event afforded the 130 guests in attendance an exclusive opportunity to sample a delightful four-course spring menu created specifically for the occasion by Master Chef Laurent Tourondel. The Hope Charity Gala raised over $200,000 in donations that will support the equipment of its new cardiac center in Managua, Nicaragua as well as increased surgical missions to treat children in developing countries around Latin America.

Highlights of the evening included a champagne toast and a welcoming speech by pediatric cardiologist and SoH Board President Eduardo da Cruz, MD. “Six years ago, when I first traveled to Nicaragua to appraise the feasibility of our project, there was no pediatric cardiac surgery program in the country. The local professionals and the Ministry of Health lacked means, but they all had a captivating characteristic that inspired our group: they had hope,” Dr. da Cruz said. He continued: “Today, there is a modern and functional cardiac center dedicated to children with cardiac disease. I want to

thank you all, our extended family, as you have made, and will continue to make, a difference. I thank you on behalf of Surgeons of Hope but mostly on behalf of the children from Nicaragua. Together, we can make this happen.”

The Art Deco setting of Brasserie Ruhlmann’s main dining room and elegant terrace were accented by beautiful floral designs donated by Alix Astir, founder of New York’s Trellis Fine Florals. Guests were welcomed with Champagne Paul Goerg Premier Cru and chocolates by La Maison du Chocolat. This was followed by a four-course dinner, with each course paired with choice wines to create the ultimate gastronomic experience. The spirited live auction featured an array of experiences that celebrate the joie de vivre, including luxury stays at a chateau in Burgundy and a week in Bordeaux with airfare provided by Air France.

Surgeons of Hope would like to thank Publicis Groupe, Air France and Brasserie Ruhlmann for making the Gala possible. We would also like to thank all donors who participated in the silent, live and Dutch auctions, as well as those who made independent donations to Surgeons of Hope.

2014 Gala Sponsors

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2013 Annual Hope Charity Gala

The first Annual Hope Charity Gala was hosted on April 15, 2013 at the Michelin-starred restaurant, Le Bernardin. The gastronomic event featured a champagne welcome for the 90 guests and a five-course meal created by world-renowned chefs Eric Ripert and Marc Meurin. Three auctions occurred throughout the course of the evening, including a Dutch auction in which guests sponsored 7 syringe pumps, 3 pacemakers, and 5 open-heart operations.

The Gala was a resounding success. Thanks to the generosity of our guests and sponsors over $155,000 was raised to provide life-saving cardiac surgery to children in need in Latin America.

Surgeons of Hope would like to thank Publicis Groupe, Philips, Le Bernardin, and l’Institut Saint Jude for making the Gala possible. We would also like to thank all donors who participated in the silent, live and Dutch auctions, as well as those who made independent donations to Surgeons of Hope.