The 1st Annual Afghan Cultural Fundraising Festival and Feast with highly acclaimed guest speaker Masaru Emoto, author of the best-seller Messages from Water, will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 18, at Khyber Pass — Fine Rugs and Collectables Galley and Cultural Center, 1970 Pacific Coast Highway (at Diamond Street).
Dr. Leonard Horowitz, outspoken human health rights advocate and author of more than 15 books on controversial health issues and spiritual wellness, will join Dr. Emoto, whose work was featured in the hit independent film “What the Bleep Do We Know?” The evening fete will include a cultural feast accompanied by strolling Afghan musicians, showings by 20 top local artists (many of whom will be in attendance), a gallery fashion show by Roya Tawfiq with traditional Afghan costumes, local musicians, and a silent auction and raffle. All proceeds and donations as well as 20% of sales that evening of the gallery’s rugs and jewelry will go to the Women’s Educational Center and Clinic and the Phoenix School, which educate 600 women and children in Herat, Afghanistan.
“After living in the U.S. for 28 years,” says Sadiq Tawfiq, owner of Khyber Pass Gallery and founder of the two schools in Herat, “I know that giving women and children the same rights and opportunities as men is the best way to go.” In addition to empowering women and children in Afghanistan, another of Tawfiq’s quests is to bring healthy drinking water to his schools in Herat, which were also supported by grants from the Laguna Beach Rotary Club and International Orphan Care (IOC). The festival is sponsored by PristineHydro, a pure water company in Laguna Hills owned by Glen Caulkins, which will donate a portion of its sales at the festival to Tawfiq’s schools.
Art review will take place from 5 to 6 p.m. The Afghan buffet will begin at 6 p.m. Drs. Emoto and Horowitz will speak from 7 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $35 a person. To make reservations, call Khyber Pass at 949-494-8284. Space is limited. Valet parking will be available. The festival is registered under the Afghan Amity Society and IOC as a 501(c)3 organization.
For more information, and to schedule an interview with Sadiq Tawfiq and photo shoots, contact:
Debra Faris, Khyber Pass Ph.: 949.494-8284 Debrakpgallery@yahoo.com