Nancy Pearson, Richard Ruggiero, Laly Lichtenfeld and Tara Liddle
Kimberly Jovanovic, Michele Gradin and Dr. Kevin Jovanovic
Pippa Hankinson and Tom Coch
Catherine Howell, Krista Krieger, Patricia Glass, Mike Karantonis and Bonnie Evans
Marina Moscone, Nancy Pearson and Nancy McCabe
Lisa von Winterfeldt, Caspar von Winterfeldt and Krista Krieger
Pippa Hankinson, Richard Wiese and Ian Michler
Liz Kelly, Olive Midy, Flo Miller, Donna Corbat and Krista Krieger
Andrea Greeven Douzet, Arnie Rosenshein and Paola Bacchini
Ian Michler and Suzanne Leydecker
On Thursday, April 23rd, Empowers Africa, a non-profit foundation based in the United States that supports programs on the ground in Sub-saharan Africa, held its annual gala dinner at The Explorers Club. The event raised over $150,000 for human empowerment and wildlife protection in Africa. Master of Ceremonies for the evening was Richard Wiese, Host and Producer of ABC series “Born to Explore”. The Auctioneer was Eliza Osborne, Executive Director at the Centre Pompidou Foundation. Guests included: Beth Rudin DeWoody, Dennis Basso, Nina Griscom, Chris Mack, Jenny Kennedy, Sandra Ripert and Jennifer Creel. The auction consisted of prints by Firooz Zahedi and Andy Biggs and exotic trips to Botswana, Uganda, South Africa, Rwanda, Chad and Zimbabwe.
The organization honored Global Witness and its co-founding Directors Patrick Alley, Charmian Gooch & Simon Taylor - winners of the 2014 Ted Prize and the 2014 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. Their work includes investigating and documenting environmental crimes depicted in 2006 blockbuster Blood Diamond and the 2015 Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary Feature Virunga. 100% of the proceeds from the event will be granted to wildlife protection and human empowerment projects in Africa.
Photography by Annie Watt