XVI Gala New York

New York

The Event

The XVI BrazilFoundation Gala New York will be held on September 13, 2018 will gather 400 people from the business, media, academic, diplomatic and artistic communities of Brazil and around the world, and will celebrate philanthropy and honor the organizations promoting sustainability and opportunities in the Amazon.

BrazilFoundation is a non-profit created in New York in 2000 that mobilizes resources for ideas and actions that transform Brazil. In 17 years, the Foundation has raised over US$40 million and supported over 500 social projects in 26 states in Brazil. The gala will help support projects in the areas of Education and Culture, Health, Socioeconomic Development, Human Rights and Civic Engagement, and Social Enterprise.


Thursday, September 13, 2018


The Plaza
Fifth Avenue at Central Park South
New York, NY 10019

Masters of Ceremonies

Cauã Reymond
Mila Burns


August Uribe, Vice Chairman, Americas, Sotheby's
Patricia Poeta


Fafá de Belém

After Party

Marina Diniz


Rita Teixeira BrazilFoundation Honoree Gala New York Amazon 2018 MMNEPA

Rita Teixeira, Project Coordinator and Educator, MMNEPA, Capanema, PA

Rita Auxiliadora Teixeira is the daughter of family farmers, in the city of Castanhal, Pará. She began her activism when living in Santa Maria do Pará, in the northeast of Pará. In 1997 she was invited by the then coordinator of Movimento de Mulheres do nordeste Paraense (MMNEPA) to join the movement. Since then, she has been working as a community educator with the 43 women's groups across the 13 municipalities in which MMNEPA works. MMNEPA's mission is to provide tools to women in northeastern Pará to overcome social inequalities. The organization promotes sustainable development, social justice, gender equality and liberty through discussing, training and mobilizing.



Thiago Cavalli Azambuja BrazilFoundation Gala New York Honoree Casa do Rio Amazon

Thiago Cavalli Azambuja, Founder, Casa do Rio, Tupana, AM

Thiago Cavalli Azambuja was born in Campo Grande, Mato Grosso do Sul. He studied arts at PUC – SP. In 2009 he visited the Amazon and fell in love with the Tupana River, where he eventually settled down. With help from friends and local residents, he restored an abandoned house near the Santa Izabel community in Careiro, Amazonas, and Casa do Rio was born. The house began as a residence for artists who wanted to share their experiences with the region. Thiago became concerned with the challenges he saw in the community, especially the high number of youth without access to education. He decided to take action and started a study group to help guide the youth into high school. This experience gave him the courage to found Casa do Rio in 2014. Today, Casa do Rio creates and executes projects to strengthen local governance, conservation and autonomy for people in the Amazon.

The Garcia Family Foundation BrazilFoundation Gala New York 2018 International Philanthropy Award

The Garcia Family Foundation

International Philanthropy Award
The Garcia Family Foundation was established in 2015 as a private philanthropic foundation to promote cultural, educational and artistic appreciation around the world. The Foundation hopes to inspire learning and in particular to motivate, help, and provide underserved communities with financial needs to attain access to education, art and culture.

The Foundation currently sponsors projects in Brazil and within the United States, strengthening ties between the two countries. Among the Foundation’s recent cultural and art projects: sponsoring the Brazilian artists Lygia Pape at the MET, and Helio Oiticica at the Whitney Museum. In the educational front, the Foundation provides scholarships to private schools in New York City, sponsors chess class in public schools, provides scholarships for ballet students of the American School of Ballet, as well as stipends for Brazilian students at Julliard School.

The Garcia Family Foundation is run by its founders, Renata and Claudio Garcia, and invests in several education and health initiatives in Brazil including Saúde Criança, IPTI, Instituto Gerando Falcões, Somos Professores, and Ensina BR.


Host Committee

Barbara Fialho, Beatriz Rosa & Daniel Roesler, Catia Silva, Claudia Amboss, Claudia d'Orey, Cristian Goodhart, Daniel Urzedo, Daniela Rebouças, Dr. David Greuner, Fabiana Saba Sutton, Fernanda Capobianco, Flavia Naslausky, Gabriela Green, Gleice Mullane, Isabel Coutinho, Jayma Cardoso, Karin Dauch, Lais Ribeiro, Lenka Soares, Luciana Curtis, Luiza Ladeira, Luke Van Guchte, Manuela Giannini, Manuella Frota, Marcia Tucker, Mauricio Morato, Mariana Zois, Mayra Tozzi, Michelle Viana, Nana Cunha & Lucas Lira, Natalia Beber, Patricia Vodovoz, Peter Fokas, Pitter Schattan, Rafael Azzi, Rafael Vieira, Raphael Mendonça, Ricardo Martiniski, Tatiara Malagoni, Will Landers.


Alyson & Will Landers, Andre Laport, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Pedro & Iracilda Lichtinger, Renata & Claudio Garcia, Tenex Capital Management, Yael Sonia.


Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Bradesco BBI, BTG Pactual, Burberry, Claudia & Rodolpho Amboss, Goldman Sachs, IF - Immunotherapy Foundation, Itaú BBA USA Securities, JP Morgan, Luke Vande Guchte, Michelle Viana, Roberta Mazzariol & Jean-Marc Bouchut, Safra National Bank of New York, Sagewood Construction, Santander Investment Securities, Stella Artois, Van Cleef & Arpels, Vogue/Iorane.


Financial Times


Bid now here.
• Silent - place your bids now! You do not need to attend the gala to participate. The silent auction ends at 10 PM ET the night of the gala.
• Live - will only take place during the gala. Only gala attendees may bid.

Further Information

Email: events@brazilfoundation.org

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