AccessCal | Gala 2019

Preserving Dignity, Enriching Lives

Join us on our mission to enrich lives and enjoy an evening of relaxation and entertainment for the whole family, that will help provide financial support toward AccessCal’s vital health & human services.

Saturday, February 9, 2019 | 6 PM

Hilton Anaheim

777 W. Convention Way, Anaheim, CA 92802


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Event Details:

Help us meet the urgent needs of families caught in a time of crisis

We live in difficult times with severe challenges ahead. Refugee and immigrant families are being separated from their loved ones and are living in fear of losing vital services. 

Our homeless population is at a record high, and the less fortunate are asking for more care. 

Now more than ever, we need your support to offer our services to individuals and families who need it the most. You can support AccessCal and the communities we serve by attending our Gala, donating online, or becoming a sponsor. 

Tickets are $100 each, and there are various levels of sponsorship. Join us as we support these individuals and families, as we touch their lives, alleviate their hardships, and celebrate their achievements.

Keynote Speaker:

Ada F. Briceño

Leading Orange County Community Activist

Ada Briceño was six when she and her family left their native Nicaragua fleeing civil war. They eventually settled in Orange County where she worked at a hotel, straight out of high school, and has made it her mission to seek justice in the workplace for her colleagues since then. 



Saghir Aslam

Founding Chairman of SABA Homes

His humanitarian work has transformed the livelihood of countless families and young children through building the Saba Homes orphanage, establishing a medical clinic and visiting devastated villages after earthquake catastrophes to provide relief.  As an inspiring leader who has experienced the life of a refugee and struggles that come along with migration, Saghir’s passion to serve is still endless.  


Pacific Investment Management Company LLC

PIMCO continues to take on a notable role in making meaningful social change across the globe and at a local level.  Whether it be food security, homelessness, workforce development, education or gender equity, PIMCO has been providing support to non-profit organizations that focus on community resiliency and empowerment.  PIMCO demonstrates that it is aware of the needs of countless underserved communities and commits to supporting the efforts that have the capacity to make change in the lives of thousands of people day after day.  


Syrian American Medical Society

SAMS has provided extraordinary medical relief for thousands of people in Syria and in neighboring countries.  The lifesaving medical procedures and treatment the SAMS team provides create reason to hope for the future for our community’s loved ones back home.  We thank SAMS for saving the lives of thousands of people each year.  The SAMS team delivers heroic work that is inspiring.


Tehran Von Ghasri

TEHRAN VON GHASRI is a comedian, host, personality, actor, writer, and social activist.  

A Washington DC native, Tehran was born to a Muslim and Zoroastrian Iranian father and a Christian and Jewish African-American mother making him and his comedy as international and diverse as they come.  Having earned double undergrad degrees, Masters in Econ, and a JD, Tehran combines his life experiences with education, unique cultural perspective, and a touch of universal charm to bring comedy, social commentary, and activism alive on stage.   A mix of Dave Chapelle meets Maz Jobrani, You can find Tehran hosting his own show twice a week, Monday & Thursdays 10PM, at the Laugh Factory or on his Dash Radio show Imperfect Gentlemen weekly.  

Clarissa Bitar and Salim Khattar

Oud accompanied by nay & riqq player

Clarissa Bitar is a Palestinian Oud player born and raised in Los Angeles. She graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in Ethnomusicology, and has studied and performed with many notable Arab musicians including Simon Shaheen. Clarissa has performed both solo and with multiple ensembles and groups throughout the country and abroad. She has a passion for teaching and sharing Arab music in the hopes that younger generations of Arabs have access to their musical traditions. She will be accompanied by the nay and riqq player Salim Khattar, also graduated from UC Santa Barbara and has been performing with Clarissa and other musicians around California.

Samo’s Dabke Group

Powerhouse of professional dancers, musicians and other talented individuals who all share the passion for Dabke.

You can support AccessCal and the communities we serve by buying a ticket to the Gala, donating online, or becoming a sponsor

Tickets are $100 each and there are various levels of sponsorship available ranging from $2,500 to $25,000. Join us in preserving dignity and enriching lives. Become an advocate today!

For more information about this event please contact Ziad at 714-917-0440 or email