Magical Night for CCF Kids in Los Angeles

June 15 was an unforgettable evening for four teens from Cambodian Children’s Fund. The same could be said about the Hollywood audience that heard their inspirational stories of strength and perseverance.

These children once toiled away at a garbage dump to help make ends meet, all while struggling to receive an education. Last week, they were the main event of a fundraiser hosted by director Roland Emmerich (2012, Independence Day) at his home in the Hollywood Hills.

The teens, aged 13 to 18 and dressed to the nines, took the stage to talk about life before CCF and the enormous gains they have made since then. It was an emotional evening, with both the teens and the audience sometimes in tears.

The response to Piseth’s story was particularly incredible. Growing up in poverty with an absent father, he never thought he’d be able to attend school. Footage shown from nearly ten years ago introduced the audience to the difficulties of scavenging through garbage to make just a little money. Now, at 18 years old, he’s excelling in his studies and the relationship with his father has never been better. Piseth received countless hugs throughout the night.

The evening ended with a lot of fun for the kids as they danced the night away with the rest of the attendees. By the end of the event, nearly $1 million was raised after Emmerich matched all donations from attendees.

“ Their contributions have made an immeasurable impact on the impoverished families of Cambodia,” said CCF founder Scott Neeson, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Later that week, long-time donors and sponsors were invited to a local restaurant to enjoy some dinner with Neeson and the kids. They shared their stories with the audience and, once again, had a great time.

Read more about the event in Variety and the Hollywood Reporter.

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