XIII Gala New York – 2015
XIII Gala New York, sept. 17, 2015
The XIII BrazilFoundation Gala New York raised US$500,000 for initiatives and projects that promote a better Rio de Janeiro.
The gala kicked off with a lively performance by upcoming carioca funk phenomenon Dream Team do Passinho, composed of five youths from the favelas of Rio it self. Later in the evening, accompanied by DJ Gaspar Muniz, the group would call all guests on stage to dance and sing alongside them, leaving everyone – whether a carioca or only carioca-at-heart – in the celebratory spirit.
Fernanda Lima and Pedro Andrade, a native of Rio, were the masters of ceremony for the gala. Model Luciana Curtis, a supporter of the Foundation for 13 years, and Amigo Gringo presenter and NY Times columnist Seth Kugel led the auction.
“Eversince I began working with BrazilFoundation, I’ve seen an organization that really does what they say. I’ve already visited several projects and have seen a difference that the Foundation has made in the lives of the people it helps”, said Luciana.
The world’s eyes will be on Rio de Janeiro as it prepares to host the Summer Olympics in 2016, creating unprecedented opportunities to mobilize the international community around projects and institutions in Rio that work to improve the quality of life for thousands. In this spirit, BrazilFoundation officially launched the “ALL FOR RIO” campaign on the night of the gala.
The night was an opportune moment to honor the people and institutions who have helped the Foundation reach its goals over the last 15 years. Andrea Dellal, CHAIR of the IX BrazilFoundation Gala New York in 2011, an event that raised more than US$1.5 million, was one of the night’s honorees. Since 2011, Ms. Dellal has been a dedicated supporter of the Foundation, visiting projects and meeting social leaders. Even though living outside of Brazil for some years, she maintains strong ties with Brazil and its social causes.
“Although I have lived abroad for most of my life, I, like most Brazilians am incredibly proud of my country and maintain very deep roots. However, on my frequent visits to Rio de Janeiro where I’m from, I am constantly reminded of the inequality and the injustice suffered by most people… I believe BrazilFoundation makes a difference and so can all of us tonight!” Andrea Dellal stated upon receiving her award.
A Carioca at heart, Frenchman Pierre Lacaze, CEO of LCM Commodities, was also honored. Pierre has been the biggest supporter of the BrazilFoundation Carioca Fund for the past four years. With his support, the Foundation has been able to invest in eight organizations in Rio de Janeiro that offer professional training to help youth enter the workforce. LCM Commodities also sponsored urban art and photography competitions in 2011 and 2012 for 32 youths from communities throughout Rio de Janeiro.
BrazilFoundation presented the International Philanthropy Award to WITNESS, an organization co-founded by Peter Gabriel in 1992 that trains and supports activists and citizens throughout the world in the use of video to promote and defend human rights. Active in Brazil since 2006, WITNESS is a partner of Coletivo Papo Reto, a BrazilFoundation grantee this year. The collective defends the human rights and security of residents of Complexo do Alemão de Penha, in Rio de Janeiro, and was present at the Gala to receive the award alongside WITNESS.
“We can change this situation. You all can change this. That’s why we are here tonight…to tell youth that instead of picking up guns, that they can instead pick up cameras or ballet slippers. May the gunfights that they hear everyday in Complexo do Alemão instead one day become the applause that we are hearing here tonight. Respect the favelas!” stated Raull Santiago, of Coletivo Papo Reto.
The night then proceeded onto the auction, featuring works of art, experiences and jewelry, proceeds from which will benefit more projects in Rio. One of the more memorable moments of the evening was when donor Tom Rosicki pledged to donate US$20,000 if all guests came together to sing “Samba do Avião” by Tom Jobim. Thanks to Mr. Rosicki, Ms. Paula Bezerra de Mello – who assisted Mr. Rosicki in leading the attendees, BrazilFoundation will be able to fund two additional projects in Rio de Janeiro.
Musical artist Fernanda Abreu closed the night with a lively show, performing some of her hits including “RIO 40 Graus”.
Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015 Cipriani 42nd St., New York
Masters of Ceremonies: Fernanda Lima and Pedro Andrade
Honorees: Andrea Dellal – Chair of the IX Gala NY | Pierre Lacaze – President of LCM Commodities | WITNESS
Special Performances: Fernanda Abreu | Dream Team do Passinho
[person name="Pierre Lacaze" role="CEO, LCM Commodities" photo="https://brazilfoundation-assets.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2015/08/catherine-lacaze-ny-e1442521606712.jpg"]A Carioca at heart, Pierre LaCaze is the CEO of LCM Commodities, and a graduate of HEC Business School in Paris. Pierre LaCaze has been the biggest supporter of theBrazilFoundation Carioca Fund since 2011. Through support from LCM Commodities,BrazilFoundation was able to make grants to 7 organizations that provide technical training and job placement for youth in Rio de Janeiro. LCM Commodities also sponsored creative competitions (photographic and urban art) in 2011 and 2012, reaching youth in 32 communities in Rio de Janeiro. “Rio is one of those few places where you can feel the tide turning. For our old, tired, Western World the stakes are high; so we should better help, as much as we can, as long as we can. [/person] [person name="Andrea Dellal" role="Founder of journal Voz da Comunidade" photo="https://brazilfoundation-assets.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2015/08/andrea-dellal-ny-e1442522045163.jpg"]Andrea Dellal has been a very important supporter of BrazilFoundation since 2011, when she chaired the Foundation’s IX Gala at the New York Public Library, which raised more than US$ 1.5 M. Known for her unquestionable elegance, Andrea Dellal was one of the most prestigious models in her generation, modeling for great designers such as Thierry Mugler, Valentino, and Jean Paul Gaultier. Despite living in London for many years, she keeps strong ties to Brazil and its social issues. “I felt extremely happy to chair the IX BrazilFoundation Gala New York. Being a Brazilian that has lived abroad for a long time, it makes me very happy to be able to contribute to social causes in my country whenever it is possible.” [/person] [person name="WITNESS" role="International Philantropy Award" photo="https://brazilfoundation-assets.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2015/08/credit-witness-e1442522230297.jpg"] The majority of the world’s population now has a camera in their pocket. From the favelas of Rio de Janeiro to the streets of Ferguson, people everywhere are using video to tell their own stories and expose abuse. But too often, these videos don’t make a difference. Recognizing this challenge, WITNESS trains and supports activists and citizens around the world to use video safely, ethically, and effectively to defend and promote human rights. WITNESS teaches video basics, safe filming techniques, video advocacy strategies, and develops and shares educational materials and guides to keep activists and their footage safe. Globally, WITNESS also advocates to entities like Facebook, Google and the International Criminal Court so that anyone using video for human rights in these spaces can do so with more impact and less risk. Co-founded by Peter Gabriel in 1992, WITNESS has partnered with 360 groups, trained over 6,000 people and worked in 97 countries. In Brazil, WITNESS has supported several local groups since 2007 on campaigns working to end slave labor, protect housing rights, and demand accountability for police violence in urban communities. One of these organizations is Coletivo Papo Reto, a BrazilFoundation grantee this year, that defends human rights and security for the residents of Complexo do Alemão and Penha, in Rio de Janeiro.[/person]
Co-Chairs: Andre Laport, André Levy, Daniela Atwell, Daniela Fonseca, Drey Dias, Karen Johnson Lassner, Karin Dauch, Leona Forman, Marcello Hallake, Marcus Vinicius Ribeiro, Maria Carolina Tavares de Melo, Paula Bezerra de Mello, Pedro Lichtinger, Roberta Mazzariol, Sylvia Coutinho, and Will Landers.
Honorary Committee: Cameron & Tyler Winklevoss, Oskar & Nazaré Metsavaht, and Terron Schaefer.
Host Committee: Alessandra Emanuel, Angela Magarian, Carolina Bittencourt, Celeste Owens, Chris Bhan, Constantin Bjerke, Cristiane Cavalcante, Daniel Urzedo, Eduardo Vergueiro Leite, Fabienne Lamont, Fellipe Trindade, Flavia Cattan-Naslausky, Jeane Muniz, Lenka Soares, Lillian Pieroni, Lorenzo Martone, Luciana Curtis, Manuela Giannini, Marcelle Bittar, Marcia Tucker, Marcos Cohen, Melissa Cipriani, Michelle Vianna, Natalia Beber, Sergio Esteves, Simone Fraser, Sinesia Karol, and Vanessa Pereira.
Benefactors: Alyson & Will Landers, Andre Laport, Iracilda & Pedro Lichtinger, Roberta Mazzariol & Jean-Marc Bouchut.
Patrons: Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Bradesco Securities, Citigroup, Crédit Suisse, In Plus, Itaú BBA, LCM Commodities, Malu & Sergio Millerman, Morgan Stanley, Nick & Patricia Lobaccaro, Santander, UBS, and XP Investimentos.