Gastronomy seasoned with a lot of solidarity. This is the recipe of Goals for Life Gala – Pequeno Príncipe that took place on October 1st, 2015, in New York City. An exclusive dinner on behalf of the Pequeno Príncipe reunited 360 people at the Gotham Hall, located in the heart of Broadway.
From Curitiba and living in the United States for more than ten years, Daniele Giacomazzi Behring, Goals for Life Program ambassador, and the honorary chairs Amalia Spinardi Thompson Motta and Belinda Badcock Brito greeted hundreds of friends on behalf of the child-adolescent’s health cause.
The journalist Mila Burns, from Globo Internacional, was the master of ceremonies. The exclusive menu was designed by renowned chefs invited by Gala’s patron, chef Claude Troisgros: the French chefs Christophe Muller, Daniel Boulud, François Payard, and Jérôme Bocuse, and the Brazilian chefs Roberta Sudbrack and Thomas Troisgros.
The event also included tributes. One of them was for the “King of Football” Pelé, who was represented by his daughter Kely Cristina Deluca. He was honored because of his accomplishments on the sports history and for his engagement on behalf of different segments of society. The eternal ace of football fields is patron of the Research Institute, the one and only social project supported by him in the whole world.
The physician John P. Howe III was the other honoree. Specialist in internal medicine and cardiovascular diseases, he was for 14 years the president and the CEO of Project Hope (Health Opportunities for People Everywhere), a non-governmental organization founded in the United States. The institution was established in 1958 and offers care and health education, including actions of disasters relief, in more than 35 countries. In his trajectory, Howe, a distinguished manager, guided diplomatic affairs with many worldwide leaders in the name of health.
Besides the dinner and tributes, an auction – conducted by the vice chairman of Sotheby’s, C. Hugh Hildesley – was promoted in order to raise funds to support Pequeno Príncipe. Some items from the Goals for Life Program memorabilia were auctioned, such as an official Brazilian football team’s Jersey, from a friendly match between Brazil and Argentina, that took place in Doha, Qatar, in 2010. The jersey was autographed by Pelé, Neymar, Ronaldinho Gaúcho, and Robinho, among others. And more: a kit of medals related to goal number 89 of Pelé’s career, scored during a game against the French team, on June 24th, 1958; Pelé’s footprints; and a poster and an autographed Santos’ Jersey Football Club.
An IWC watch was also auctioned – a piece that is part of a special and limited edition launched to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the work “The Little Prince” –, offered by IWC Schaffhausen; a Tory Burch experience, offered by Tory Burch; Jack Vartanian earrings, offered by Jack Vartanian; and a Carolina Herrera experience, offered by Marina Larroude.
After the event, the lyric singer Carmen Monarcha presented Brazilian songs, such as “Asa Branca”, and performed celebrated internacional songs.
All the proceeds of Goals for Life Gala – Pequeno Príncipe support the healthcare and the development and maintenance of scientific studies, which contribute to child-adolescent mortality reduction.