60th Anniversary Gala

The Asia Foundation commemorated six decades of improving lives and expanding opportunities during a gala fundraising dinner. Leaders and philanthropists recognized the Foundation’s creation of a more peaceful, just, and thriving Asia since its founding in 1954 in San Francisco, the gateway to the Asia-Pacific. Hosted by Civic Leader Janet Reilly, the evening featured special congratulations by California Senator Dianne Feinstein and Honorable George P. Shultz, honorary gala co-chairs. President David Arnold reflected on the Foundation’s year-long international anniversary campaign drawing attention to the most critical issues affecting Asia in the 21st century. Judith F. Wilbur, a trustee of the Foundation and widow of Brayton Wilbur Jr., a former Foundation chairman and whose father, Brayton Sr., was a founder in 1954; and S. Timothy Kochis, a trustee and CEO of Kochis Global, served as gala co-chairs. The evening also honored The Merali Foundation, established by the late Pandju Merali, a successful businessman and philanthropist, to honor his wife, Shirin, and provide close to 500 young women with university scholarships in Cambodia, Laos, Mongolia, Malaysia, and Vietnam. Said Secretary Shultz: “The Asia Foundation has helped produce a spread of democratic and representative governments in Asia. It has developed leaders of consequence.”

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