Hundreds Support FACE Africa’s Clean Water Efforts at 2nd Annual Gala
On Saturday, March 26th, we hosted our 2nd Annual Clean Water Benefit Gala at The Taj Boston. Over 200 guests attended the event which was being held to raise awareness and funds for our clean water initiatives in Liberia. The event raised $75,000 thanks to the generosity of our guests, sponsors and other community-spirited people and companies who all contributed!
The funds raised will go towards multiple clean water and sanitation projects that will benefit thousands of people in Liberia. Read more about our recently completed project in Joezohn, Liberia here.
The evening kicked off with a VIP reception welcoming chef, author, humanitarian and FACE Africa honoree Marcus Samuelsson, his wife, model Maya Haile Gate, and distinguished guests Former Ambassador of Liberia to the United States M. Nathaniel Barnes, NBA All Star Dikembe Mutombo, Designer and Actress Whitney Port, and NFL athlete Rennie Curran. Music was provided by local jazz band Soul4YoSytem and decor by New York based Fete Atelier.
The event included a silent auction featuring items generously donated by DeBeers, Christian Dior, Marc Jacobs, Whitney Port, RJL Companies, The Mandarin Oriental Boston, Cynthia Rowley, Tea Forte, La Perla and more.
The silent auction was followed by a 3-course dinner and program in the Grand Ballroom of the Taj Boston where guests were welcomed by WHDH reporter Michelle Relerford and our Executive Director, Saran Kaba Jones.
The program included a remark from Honorary Chair of the evening M. Nathaniel Barnes, followed by a video presentation about Whitney Port and her family’s recent humanitarian trip to Liberia. Port said a few words regarding her involvement with FACE Africa and her dedication to continue supporting the organization’s projects in Liberia.
Ms. Kaba Jones presented the FACE Africa Humanitarian Award to Marcus Samuelsson. As a UNICEF ambassador and Tap Project spokesperson, Samuelsson has traveled extensively to highlight the importance of finding and delivering clean drinking water to children all over the world. In his acceptance speech, Samuelsson remarked that while poverty in the U.S. generally means limited access to healthy foods, across Africa the impoverished lack an even more basic necessity – clean water.
The evening concluded with a few words from Emmett Wilson, FACE Africa’s Program Administrator in Liberia. Every guest went home with a FACE Africa tote courtesy of Northpoint Printing teeming with goodies from Divine Chocolate, Tommy Bahama, VAPUR Water and more.
Our Annual Gala would not be possible without our generous sponsors. Through gifts in kind and financial contributions, our sponsors cover our event and production costs, as well as donate items for the silent auction and gift bags. We cannot thank them enough for their support and generosity. A special thanks to our Gold Sponsor, De Beers!
A huge thank you to all those that attended! It will all be happening again next year and we hope we can count on your continued support in 2012. Your support of FACE Africa and the vital work we are doing to increase access to clean water and sanitation facilities in Liberia is greatly appreciated.
The FACE Africa Team
View more photos from the Gala at: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?fbid=10150120384283742&id=55276183741&aid=288686.
Read about the Gala in the Boston Globe: http://www.boston.com/ae/celebrity/articles/2011/03/28/facing_up_to_a_challenge/
Read about the Gala on Haute Living: http://www.hauteliving.com/2011/03/haute-event-face-africa-hosts-2nd-annual-clean-water-gala/
View our Clean Water Video produced by Camlin Productions: http://www.faceafrica.org/our-programs/