It was a lovely sunny day in Marbella on Sunday 23 April for the fifth annual Triple A dog walk. Enthusiastic walkers and their four pawed friends headed for the Manuka Restaurant at the Plaza del Mar on the Paseo Maritimo for the start of the walk at 11.00.
The dogs and their owners were all very well behaved as they got to know each other and put on their “Triple A walks Marbella” T-shirts. The Manuka Restaurant provided refreshments and cakes, along with a ‘doggy goody bag’. MarbellaAzul.com was of course there to bring you some of the images.
The Global Gift Foundation presented details of its 2nd Global Gift Gala in the Spanish capital, which will take place this year in Madrid’s emblematic Teatro Real.
The press conference was attended by Father Angel (founder of Messengers of Peace – a beneficiary of the event), Angela Navarro (founder of the NGO that bears her name), Ramón Freixa (Global Gift Humanitarian Award recipient and two Michelin Star Chef) who will be creating some of his culinary wonders on the evening, flamenco dancer Rafael Amargo, actress and presenter Belinda Washington (Global Gift International MARCOM Director) and Hazel Gormley-Leahy, who led the presentation.
The 7th edition of the London Global Gift Gala took place on Saturday 19 November 2016 to raise funds for the Eva Longoria Foundation, the Global Gift Foundation and UNAIDS. The event was held this year at London’s Corinthia Hotel and it brought together fashion, music and TV celebrities to raise funds and improve the lives of children and women around the world.
Eva Longoria Bastón, Victoria Beckham and Maria Bravo hosted this prestigious event with a star studded guest list, which included the amazing Anastacia who was presented with the “Global Gift Our Heroes Award” for being an example of life, overcoming and social conscience to battle her disease.
Talk Radio Europe’s Telethon for Cudeca will be held this year on 25 November from 10.00 to 19.00 on radio channels 91.5 FM Costa del Sol East and 91.9 FM Costa del Sol West. Talk Radio Europe has regularly hosted telethons for Cudeca raising € thousands.
Cudeca was established in 1992 and offers an out-patients unit and a hospice centre for palliative care to patients suffering from cancer and other advanced or terminal diseases along with support and advice to their families and carers. In 2015, the telethon raised more than €50,000. This year, with your help, they hope to double that figure. TRE will be broadcasting the telethon live and will be joined by some very special guests on the day.
The Hotel Gran Meliá Don Pepe in Marbella hosted the Global Gift Gala Dinner on the evening of 15 October following the celebrity golf challenge held at the Estepona Golf Club earlier in the day.
MarbellaAzul.com’s Roz and Derek James were of course there to bring you news and images from the red carpet photo call held before a dinner which was specially prepared by the hotel’s talented chefs. This was followed by a performance by Melissa Nkonda and an acoustic set from Ronan Keating.
Over a thousand people assembled on the Puerto Deportivo terraces on Saturday for this year’s Marbella Neon Night. This is always one of the most popular charity walks of the year. Everyone who takes part receives a T-shirt and a fluorescent kit to wear. MarbellaAzul.com was of course there to bring you all the news and images.
As the sun went down, people gathered to collect their kits and prepare for the darkness. To entertain everyone whilst waiting for the start, there was Zumba to music encouraging both adults and children to take part. This was followed by Olympic Karate Marbella who gave us a taste of karate. It was amazing and received raptuous applause from the audience. Marbella Dance School entertained us with their wonderful dancing and then the Rock Factory provided various styles of music from pop to rock.
Marbella eagerly awaited the arrival of this year’s Global World Gifters to celebrate the Global Gift Foundation Weekend of Philanthropy charity initiative on the 16 – 17 July.
The Global Gift weekend began with the inauguration of the first Casa Global Gift on Saturday morning. It was attended by the creator and founder of this new project, Maria Bravo. And she was accompanied by Eva Longoria Baston and Global Gifters from such places as Dubai, London and Paris. This was a private affair and we will let you have more information as soon as we receive it.
The press conference for the fifth edition of the Global Gift Gala weekend took place at the Hotel Gran Meliá Don Pepe here in Marbella on Wednesday June 22 2016. MarbellaAzul.com was of course there to bring you all the details and images for this amazing event.
Hazel Gormley-Leahy (international marketing director for the Global Gift Foundation) got things underway by introducing Marbella’s mayor José Bernal who said he was delighted to see this prestigious event return to Marbella for the fifth year running.
The Heart 4 Arts Event 2016 will take place at the beautiful Nueva Kaskada Restaurante in Marbella on 28 & 29 May and promises to be a feast for the senses with art, music and delicious food.
You are all invited to enjoy unique art covering many creative techniques – including sculpture, photography, murals, lithographs, graffiti and mixed media from 20 international artists such as Nina Nolte, Annabel Keatley, Eva Joensen, Luis Ceballos and Natalia Pavlovska. Nicole King from Marbella Now TV and MiMarbella Radio will be officially opening this wonderful event at 20.00 on the Saturday.
We were very pleased to attend the charity dinner for Triple A on 12 March at Conrad’s Il Ristorante in Nueva Andalucia. All the tickets were sold quickly and, due to high demand, they had to set up extra tables on the terrace. In all, there wer about 100 people in attendance and over €3,500 was raised for Triple A.
We were warmly welcomed by Conrad’s friendly staff, shown to our table and offered a glass of cava. Our hostess Lily van Tongeren thanked everyone for coming and reminded us that we were here to enjoy the food and raise funds for the 600 animals currently housed by Triple A. Bettina was unable to attend due to her Triple A commitments, but she did ask that any left over food should be kept for the pigs. Yes, there are pigs at Triple A too!
MarbellaAzul.com and friends joined the amazing turnout for Ascot Ladies Day at the Boardwalk in Marbella to raise funds for Amusuvig, a charity dedicated to helping women and children who have sufferedfrom domestic violence.
As we have come to expect from Kara Robertson, the manager and owner of the Boardwalk who organized the event, the restaurant was beautifully decorated with fresh flowers. The colour theme was white and purple. Fresh linen table cloths adorned all the tables. Cute little gifts were on the tables for each lady from the Bling Boutique.
It was just amazing to see all the ladies arrive and have their photos taken on the ‘purple’ carpet – more than 100 of them in their finest Ascot attire. The hats and fascinators were out of this world. It really felt like we were on the terraces at Ascot.
The inaugural Barking Mad Fundraiser took place on 3 March 2016 at the beautiful Estrella del Mar Beach Club in Marbella.
The night of fine food and fabulous entertainment by the amazing 2True was a resounding success. It was attended by more than 60 guests who helped to raise funds for not just one worthy charity, but 5 animal rescue centres here on the coast – Fidelio Benalmádena, FAMA, Rescued Paws, Alegria Aid and 4Paws Adoptions. Barking Mad set a goal for the evening to raise €1,000, but they were delighted to announce this amount was beaten and the total donations from the night came to over €1,400.
The Marbella-Guadalmina Rotary Club will be holding its third annual sponsored charity car run on Saturday 4th June. It will start in Marbella and head for the beautiful Guadalmina valley (Andalucia’s “Lake District”), passing the famous “El Chorro” gorge and the newly constructed Camino del Rey.
The event will raise funds for the Hogar Betania Project in La Línea de la Concepción, a charity which provides food and accommodation for the destitute people of the La Linea area – one of Spain’s designated poorest areas.
The Boardwalk in Marbella is holding a Royal Ascot Ladies Day charity event from midday on Thursday 16 June. The event is being sponsored by Fake Bake Spain and tickets are priced at €50.00 per person. At the time of writing, there are still a few tickets available, but we suggest you act quickly to avoid disappointment.
It is for a good cause and we expect it to be a fantastic day. Local celebrities are showing their support for this very worthy cause and MarbellaAzul.com will of course be there.
Marbella played host to a charity run for the Lions Club of Marbella on Friday morning 15 April on the terraces of the Puerto Deportivo. In collaboration with Marbella’s Ayuntamiento (Town Hall) and the youth division of the Leo Club, funds were raised for the Comisión Española de Ayuda al Refugiado (CEAR). MarbellaAzul.com was of course there to bring you the news and images.
The Boardwalk restaurant in Marbella held a jam-packed event to raise money for the children refugees of Syria with Asociación Palmira. On Friday 26th February. Marbella residents gathered together to support this very worthy cause.
Working with local schools and the local community the popular restaurant in Marbella has been collecting shoe boxes filled with stationary, toys, sweets, scarves, hats, underwear and children clothing to ship to Syria providing the children with some much needed treats.
The long awaited Charity Gala for Last Chance Animal Rescue was held at the Boardwalk in Marbella on Friday 9 October 2015. MarbellaAzul.com was of course there to bring you the news and images.
This event was completely sold out weeks ago. In fact, they could easily have sold twice the number of tickets for this very deserving cause. The dress code was black and white and everyone looked fantastic. Everyone was photographed on arrival at this stylishly decorated restaurant on the Paseo Maritimo in the centre of Marbella and offered a cool glass of cava as they entered to the sound of Lucy Faye – without doubt, one of Marbella’s best singers.
On Saturday 6 June, Corleone Restaurant and the Golfer Bar in central Marbella held a combined charity evening to raise money for the people of Nepal who have suffered massively from the devastating earthquake that hit the region in April.
The turnout was excellent and we would like to thank all those who contributed to this worthy cause on behalf of the organizers. The first venue was the Pizzeria Corleone in Avenida Arias Maldonado. Here, we enjoyed good food and marvellous entertainment from the Tuca Jazz Band – a five piece band made up of tenor sax, keyboards, double bass, drums and Jennifer on vocals who belted out a number of standards and some jazz greats.
The Pinktober Charity Run was held this year on Sunday 15 November, starting and finishing next to the Hard Rock Café in Puerto Banus.
It was as usual well attended by both young and old. There is always a great atmosphere at this event with everyone showing support for the fight against breast cáncer. There must have been over a thousand people taking part and a fair number of dogs too, all showing solidarity for this very worthy cause by wearing pink T-shirts, wigs and tutus. MarbellaAzul was of course there to bring you all the best images.
Neon Night returned to Marbella on 3 October 2015. This year, the walk started from the Plaza Antonio Banderas in Puerto Banús. Hundreds of people took part and left the Plaza just after 21.00.
This is always a popular walk for families and friends to enjoy together. All the walkers were given a neon accessory kit with earrings, a ring, a necklace, glasses and bracelets, to wear during the walk and ‘light the way’. Everyone enjoyed the atmosphere whilst raising funds for 2 charities – NGO Plan-España helping disperse Gender discrimination for girls around the world and CADI, which help children with special needs. MarbellaAzul.com was there to bring you the images. We hope you enjoy them!
The third Multiple Sclerosis Association of Marbella and San Pedro charity run took place this Sunday 30 August in the centre of Marbella.
There was a heavy cloud cover over Marbella and high humidity, but over a thousand competitors and a huge number of spectators turned up to support this popular event. MarbellaAzul.com was of course there to bring you the best images and Marbella Now’s Nicole King was there with the RTV Marbella cameras to report on the event for next week’s programme.
On Sunday 5 July, the Hotel Gran Meliá Don Pepe was the setting for the fourth Marbella Global Gift Gala. The three foundations benefitting from this year’s event will be the Eva Longoria Foundation, the Global Gift Foundation and the Bertin Osborne Foundation.
Set in the beautiful gardens of this popular 5 star hotel, preparations were well under way for this prestigious event when we arrived with Marbella Now´s Nicole King who was there to interview people for next week´s show.
Global Gift Gala Golf Tournament – Saturday 4 July heralded the start of a very special philanthropic weekend here in Marbella for three important charities – the Global Gift Foundation, the Eva Longoria Foundation and the Bertin Osborne Foundation.
As the sun rose over the Sierra Nevada mountains, Marbella’s La Quinta Golf and Country Club were getting ready for a very special Charity Golf Tounament. This is invariably a fun day, where the general public can join celebrities for a round of golf and lunch. This year the celebrities included Amaury Nolasco (star of US TV show Prison Break), Eva La Rue (from CSI Miami) and Eva Longoria who needs absolutely no introduction.
This year’s Global Gift Philanthropic Weekend will be held on 4 & 5 July. For the fourth successive year, the Global Gift Gala will be held at Marbella’s Hotel Gran Melia Don Pepe on 5 July. Tickets are €500.00 each and you can obtain them online HERE
Yesterday evening, we joined the “Marbella Now” team and about 500 others at the Laude International College Charity Gala in San Pedro de Alcántara.
The students performed excerpts from musicals, including “The Lion King”, “Batman”, “Annie” and “Pitbull”. The dancers and costumes were amazing. There were several excellent musical renditions – vocal and instrumental. There was a fashion show and a charity auction with a wide range of ítems from corporate donors, including a day trip for 10 people on a 39 foot luxury yacht, a McLaren super car experience and a two night stay at Marbella´s 5 Star Hotel Gran Melia Don Pepe. The food was donated by the Masala Indian Restaurant.