The event was a true success by every measure.
Not only was the location simply beautiful with breathtaking views of the California coastline but also the guests, numbering a modest 35, were some of Orange County’s finest group of women.
They were from diverse backgrounds of race, religion and age and were there to be a part of an extraordinary event celebrating the work, spirit and future of GiveLight.
The event began with a warm welcome message from GiveLight volunteers and a fun, truly unique icebreaker game that had everyone laughing, embracing, and having a wonderful time. It set the mood for what lied ahead as the spirit of unity, sisterhood and warmth continued to permeate throughout the day.
The organizers went to great lengths to make the experience something truly memorable for all in attendance. Guests were given the option to select one of three options for an exquisite three-course meal, which included an appetizer, main course and dessert. The flavors were simply delectable and it was clear everyone was enjoying every morsel from the “ooh’s and aah’s” heard around the room. Dian Alyan, Founder of GiveLight, made sure to go around each table and check on every single guest to make sure they were satisfied with their meal; needless to say, she had no complaints.
After the impeccable meal, Dian Alyan, took to the stage to share her story and the vision of GiveLight. From the onset of her speech, the audience was moved. Her emotional account of the personal tragedies that she endured during the Tsunami in Indonesia in 2004 was beyond touching. Guests were instantaneously moved to tears and could be seen scrambling for tissue wherever they could find it. She continued to tell her story and the heartening details of the epiphany that led her to leave her high profile corporate job and start her life’s mission, GiveLight Foundation. She shared both the successes and the obstacles that she’s endured and through it all remained absolutely poised and graceful. She left everyone in awe of her commitment and inspired by her dedication.
She then invited her special guest and dear friend, Laura Ava, to the stage. Ms. Ava was another extraordinary woman with a very similar narrative as Dian’s. She too had worked hard and had much success in the corporate world but for personal reasons decided there was another mission that she was put on this earth to complete. The details of her work and how it led to the chance meeting with Dian in a remote village of Pakistan left everyone in awe and reflecting on the truly perfect planning of God. Here were two women from complete opposite worlds united together for a common goal, to help the underprivileged in whatever way