San Francisco, CA (FEBRUARY 5 2016) – Ken Henderson, Executive Director of the Richmond Aid Foundation cuts the green ribbon at the Grand Opening of Dr. Albert W. Chow newly expanded Plastic Surgery Center in San Francisco.

On Friday February 5th, SophiSticate Interiors the San Francisco Bay Area Premier Residential and Commercial Design Company, renowned for its eco and green design, unveiled Dr. Albert W. Chow newly expanded Plastic Surgery Center in San Francisco.

The cocktail private party, with ribbon cutting ceremony performed by Ken Henderson, Executive Director of The Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation (REAF), gathered over 150 guests.

It featured a wonderful performance by violinist virtuoso Eileen Blum Bourgade, Richard Blum’s daughter and US Senator Dianne Feinstein Step daughter. Eileen with her friend Julie Bimbaum performed pop music: Beatles, Lady Gaga among other tunes and guests were on their feet!

Following suit Tristan Bourgade, Eileen Blum Bourgade’s son, perfomed The Swan by Saint Saens Allemand and Courante from Bach’s Cello Suite in D minor.

Shortly after, Sophie Azouaou, on behalf of San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee, presented Dr. Chow with a Certificate of Honor commending him for his work in the city of San Francisco and for being part of the first US team of surgeons to perform a hand transplant.

Eileen Blum Bourgade also presented Dr. Chow with a painting made by her stepmother US Senator Dianne Feinstein; “My Stepmother sends her congratulations and would have loved to be here with us. She commands you for being among the first US surgeon team to have performed a hand transplant,” shares Eileen.

Ken Henderson, REAF Executive Director, with the help of Sophie Azouaou, conducted a live auction comprised of a Velvet and Gold embroidery jacket made by Ana Cecilia Fashion, a 3-night stay at luxury RESI apartments, necklaces from 21HM Boutique among a few things… The auction raised much needed funds for the Foundation.

REAF was the beneficiary of the grand opening.

Soon after, checks in the amount of $35,000 were presented to REAF beneficiaries by The Board of Directors.

“All of us at REAF can’t thank enough Dr. Chow and Sophie Azouaou. I am thrilled to have presented checks to two outstanding agencies Larkin Street Youth Center and Aguilas, totaling $35,000 as proceeds from our recent “Help is on the Way for the Holidays XIV” gala. Aguilas reaches a part of the Latino community that many other services don’t reach and it’s one of those communities that continues to see rising rates of new HIV infections,” shares Ken Henderson, REAF Executive Director.

“As a board of Director member of Richmond Ermet Aid Foundation. I am happy to be one of the presenters of checks to beneficiaries of our Foundation to help those in the community. It is the icing on the cake to be able to give back in such a meaningful way,” says Dr. Chow.

– Sophie Azouaou, with the help of her team, comprised of Studio Perez, and Conscious Construction designed the newly expanded surgical center.

Sophie Azouaou, Eileen Blum Bourgade and SF #1 Luxury Real Estate agent Joel Goodrich hosted the green carpet event.

– SF best attended such as Ed Lee, Monica Lee, Teresa Rodriguez, Pernella Sommerville, Doug Waggener, Lawrence Wong, Jerold Osato, renowned artist David Piera, Tatiana Takaeva, Sheila Ash, Dr. Nourredine Azouaou, Dr. Lisa Kang, Dr. David Kang, Nicholas Belloni, Hermine Mnatsakanian, Dan Perez, and Elisabeth Thieriot.

Located in the heart of San Francisco at 1 Daniel Burnhman Court, Suite 368C, Dr. Albert W. Chow surgery center is one of the most renown Cosmetic Surgery Center in SF due to the newest, cutting-edge procedures and form of local anesthetic, surgery can virtually be pain free. This center has established itself with procedure ranging from breast reduction surgeries, to eye brow lift, face lift and body contouring to name a few.

“I am so fortunate and honored to have Ken Henderson perform the ribbon cutting for us. Sophie Azouaou owner of SophiSticate Interiors designed a space that is a pure reflection of my practice, what I do each and every day by creating beauty in a natural way,” shares Dr. Chow with pride.
“The center was designed to create a beautiful oasis for patients to come to. They will instantly feel wrapped in the Zen atmosphere and less apprehensive. We used a palette of soothing green colors and selected high end eco-friendly finishes,” mentions Sophie Azouaou.

“Our City is North America greenest city, it was the natural thing to do to select environment friendly, reclaimed and sustainable finishes. I am thrilled with the selection Sophie made and the end results,” adds Dr. Chow.

– One of the highlights of the evening was Sophie Azouaou’s official endorsement of Suki skin care. Dr. Albert W. Chow’s office will sell the products.

“I am thrilled and honored Sophie is endorsing our products. She is our Suki San Francisco crusader. She is naturally beautiful and I could not dream of a better person to endorse us,” says Suki Kramer Founder of Suki skincare.

“I have been using Suki for 6 years now and proud to be the SF ambassador. Their tag line really does say it all: strong, safe solutions for skin problems & sensitivities®. Suki formulates 21st century skincare. Suki® is advanced, synthetic-free & full of active ingredients in delivery systems that penetrate the skin without harm or caustic side effects. My skin has never looked so healthy,” shares Sophie Azouaou.

– Photos: Drew Altizer Photography

– Cocktail party sponsors and supporters: STEPin2 my Green World, Dr. Albert L. Chow, SophiSticate Interiors, FSHN Magazine, GEV Magazine, Haute Living, SF Luxe, Earth Friendly Products, Signature Blowouts, Tango Diva, Jet Set Mama, Auve Daily, Numi Organic Tea, 21 HM Boutique, Replete Skincare, Shear Miracle Organics, Studio Perez, Secret Agent salon and Supply.

About SophiSticate Interiors:
SophiSticate Interiors owned by Sophie Azouaou, offers a complete line of design services ranging from color consultation, project management, to full blown commercial design.

The firm also specializes in green design and high rise design.  SophiSticate Interiors has broken new ground in the Interior Design industry by leveraging Interior Design to improve the lives of San Francisco’s less fortunate. Lieutenant Governor and former SF Mayor Gavin Newsom has recognized its great work and efforts in the community by awarding the firm a City Proclamation.

SophiSticate Interiors is committed to excellence and is dedicated to bringing quality design to its clientele.

For more information, visit www.sophisticateinteriors.com.

About Dr. Albert W. Chow:
Albert W. Chow, M.D., is a renowned cosmetic surgeon in San Francisco, California. Dr. Chow specializes in a full range of plastic surgery procedures, including breast augmentation, liposuction, facelift, rhinoplasty, blepharoplasty, and many other surgical options. He also offers non-surgical procedures such as BOTOX® Cosmetic. Albert W. Chow, M.D., is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and the American Board of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery. A native of San Francisco, Dr. Chow graduated from Lowell High School and completed his undergraduate education at the University of California, Berkeley. He graduated in the top 20% of his medical school class at the University of California at San Francisco.

Following this, he completed his internship in General Surgery at the University of California at San Francisco. Remaining at the University, Dr. Chow completed a five-year residency in Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, focusing on his interest in facial plastic surgery. He was chosen for a fellowship position (American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery) at the University of Cincinnati, perfecting his skills by performing hundreds of operations under the guidance of a renowned facial cosmetic surgeon.

Dr. Chow proceeded to complete his residency training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the prestigious University of Louisville Medical Center, where he worked directly with one of the most respected plastic surgeons in the field and the team of surgeons who performed the first hand transplant in the United States.

For more information, visit http://www.beautyplasticsurgery.com/about

About the Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation (REAF):
The Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation (REAF) provides aid for HIV services, hunger programs and programs that serve homeless and underserved youth. REAF’s founders, the late Barbara Richmond and Peggy Ermet, envisioned a world without AIDS when they created The Richmond/Ermet AIDS Foundation. REAF’s focus has always been, and continues to be, to support AIDS services until there is a cure.

For more information, visit www.richmondermet.org/

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