Celebration of Global Friendships Ball To Commemorate Plasticos 20th Anniversary and Raise Funds
08/28/2019

Global Humanitarians Drs. Philippe and Isabelle Schaison and Rachel Russell To Be Honored Sept. 14

Online PR News – 28-August-2019 – Orange County, CA – An elegant evening, Celebration of Global Friendships Masquerade Ball, will commemorate the Plasticos 20th anniversary and honor three special humanitarians, Drs. Philippe and Isabelle Schaison and Rachel Russell on Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach.
Sponsorships are still open and individual tickets are now available online. The public is invited to join in the festivities at this annual event that will raise critical funds to support the mission of Plasticos, a humanitarian nonprofit providing reconstructive plastic surgery to those in need, both globally and domestically, while generating sustainable outcomes through training, education and research.
For two decades, Plasticos has been at the forefront of creating lasting outcomes in under-resourced countries around the world. Through dedicated teams of medical volunteers, including surgeons, anesthesiologists and nurses, Plasticos not only performs surgeries on its overseas missions but, through teaching, ensures that local medical teams learn how to perform the same complex reconstructive surgeries. Patients typically require surgery to correct traumatic injuries, disfigurement as a result of cancer or congenital deformities.
At the gold and black-themed masquerade ball, where guests are encouraged to dress in black tie wearing elegant masks, Philippe Schaison, Ph.D. and Isabelle Schaison, PhD., will be recognized for their invaluable volunteer roles with Plasticos.
Philippe Schaison, named Chair of the Plasticos Board of Directors earlier this year, has been responsible for helping advance the organization to a new level of achievement as it begins its third decade of service. Currently CEO of Soltego, an innovative biopharmaceutical company, he formerly held leadership positions at Allergan, Syneron Candela and Johnson & Johnson.
Isabelle Schaison serves on the Plasticos Medical Advisory Council and is Program Director of the organization's domestic program, Reshaping Lives California. In this role, Isabelle spearheads the program which offers free reconstructive surgeries to uninsured individuals of all ages in Southern California.
Also receiving the Global Humanitarian award is Rachel Russell from Hoag Hospital, who for many years has led the organization's invaluable Mission Supply Team, which coordinates and stores supplies for overseas missions.
"The gala marks 20 years of pioneering excellence for Plasticos as the first nonprofit organization to treat acute burns and perform post-mastectomy breast-reconstruction overseas, and to train host-country doctors to perform self-sufficiently. As we continue our meaningful journey, our strong medical team volunteers, board of directors, advisory councils and the critical funds raised at the event will enable us to invest in and serve both our local community and expand our global footprint," said Susan Williamson, Plasticos Executive Director.
Larry Nichter, MD, Plasticos founder and Medical Director, added, "Over the years, Plasticos has performed numerous surgeries in under-resourced countries but our philosophy differs in that surgeries are not the end-goal. We do less surgeries so that we may train others, locally, to do the same work after we leave. Our philosophy results in exponential care and we are proud this has been the Plasticos legacy from Day One."
At the Celebration of Global Friendships, guests will enjoy a hosted cocktail reception with a silent auction, gourmet dinner, entertainment by the dance band N'Demand, a live auction with vacation packages, award presentations and a video retrospective of Plasticos.
Honorary co-chairs are Pamela Harper, president of Luxury Life International, and Dr. Gina Kay, CEO of In Home Care Solutions. For sponsors, please visit here.
For information on sponsorships or to purchase tickets, please visit here.
About Plasticos
Plasticos, a humanitarian, nonprofit organization funded through private donations, is dedicated to improving lives through reconstructive plastic surgery in the United States and worldwide. Training of local doctors and nurses is an essential component, in addition to the critically needed reconstructive surgeries. Overseas, and in Southern California, volunteer medical teams perform surgery free of charge for underserved individuals with traumatic injuries, disfigurement as a result of cancer and congenital deformities, alleviating both physical and emotional suffering. Proudly commemorating its 20th anniversary in 2019, Plasticos establishes host-country medical alliances, domestic patient care and educational programs. For more information, visit https://plasticosfoundation.org.