Edinburgh Global Gift Gala 2017

Eva Longoria Bastón and Maria Bravo this week presented the first Global Gift Foundation charity initiative to be held in Scotland – Edinburgh becoming the thirteenth capital of solidarity on the philanthropic map.

The charity event was held at the iconic Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian combining art, solidarity and glamour. They were joined by personalities from the world of culture, cinema and sport.

“We are very proud to be able to extend this initiative to Scotland and see the spectacular reception we received, allowing us once again to help thousands of people” said María Bravo. Meanwhile, Eva Longoria Bastón said of her first visit to Edinburgh “It’s a beautiful city. The Gala was very special and it was great to be able to help organizations like Place2Be “.

Model Vogue Williams and TV presenter Nick Ede were responsible for presenting the gala that featured the culinary imprint of brothers Chris and Jeff Galvin. The chefs, both Michelin – starred, provided a solidarity menu which merged Scottish tradition and modernity.

Eva Longoria Bastón & Maria Bravo
Eva Longoria Bastón & Maria Bravo
Eva Longoria Bastoón & Scottish Piper
Eva Longoria Bastón & Scottish Piper

The music was provided by American DJ Bitter Sweet, who had previously lent his support to the Foundation at the Madrid gala held last April, and actress Patsy Palmer. Britain’s Got Talent contestants Calum Scott and Francine Lewis, together with the Place2Be children’s choir put their talents at the service of solidarity for the gala.

Amongst the many personalities who came to celebrate this first Edinburgh Global Gift Gala were actor Craig McGinlay (from the film “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword”), model and TV star Katie Piper who received an award at the London Global Gift Gala in 2015 for her humanitarian work, “Game of Thrones” actress Laura Pradelska, actor Scott Kyle (from the film “Outlander”), TV presenter Phil McKee, model and DJ Charlotte de Carle, actress and presenter Francine Lewis and BBC presenter and model Jean Johansson.

Maria Bravo
Maria Bravo
Katie Piper
Katie Piper

Awards for humanitarian work

The Global Gift Humanitarian Award was awarded to actor James McAvoy, acknowledging that professionals with a deep social conscience who, despite their professional success, have always met requests for assistance and used their spare time and effort in support of philanthropic projects as volunteers. James McAvoy, probably best known for the “X-Men” series of films, is known to donate to children with cancer and supportive platforms like JustGiving, among many other causes. “Due to commitments shooting his latest film, he is unable to attend this gala, but he sent us his thoughts and profound gratitude. He will be attending a later Global Gift Gala to support us and receive his award,” said María Bravo.

The Scottish entrepreneur Lady Susan Haughey, founder of one of the largest management companies in Europe, received the Global Gift Philanthropist Award.  City Refrigeration Holdings, the company that she runs with her husband, has donated over £5 million from the City Charitable Trust to various charitable causes. Lady Susan is a successful entrepreneur and has helped thousands of people in Scotland and Africa. “It’s an honour for the Global Gift Foundation to reward the work of Lady Susan. People like her make a difference in a world in need of love for others” said María Bravo.

The gala was sponsored by the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian and The Galvin Brothers, with STV Fake Bake, Toni & Guy, Lyon & Turnbull, Equator Events, TSA Production and Fullford Flowers.

The proceeds will go entirely to three organizations – Place2Be, Eva Longoria Foundation and the Global Gift Foundation.  Place2Be is a British organization that provides therapeutic and psychological services in more than 250 primary and secondary schools, reaching more than 116,000 children with problems such as bullying, domestic violence or family abandonment.

** Images supplied by comunicacionrrpp

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