Paris Global Gift Gala 2017

Maria Bravo, Orianne Collins, Eva Longoria Bastón & Valerie Messika

The Paris Global Gift Gala VII 2017 was held this week to honour the philanthropic work of Orianne Collins, Pamela Anderson and Valerie Messika. Proceeds from the event will go entirely to UNICEF France, the Eva Longoria Foundation and the Global Gift Foundation.

Maria Bravo, founder and host of the Global Gift Gala, and honoured ambassador Eva Longoria Bastón returned to the French capital to once again rally the world of philanthropy and welcome celebrities to the iconic Four Seasons Hotel George V for the seventh edition of the Global Gift Gala.

Maria Bravo said “Tonight we celebrate the philanthropic work of three incredible women – Orianne Collins, Pamela Anderson and Valerie Messika. And we do it in the Four Seasons George V which has supported us for the last seven years”.

Eva Longoria Bastón said “The Paris Global Gift Gala has something special that makes it one of my favourites. Our union with Unicef France and George V becomes stronger each year and allows us to help thousands of people.”

Vietnamese businesswoman Coco Tran, alma mater of the Cocobay project in the Vietnamese city of Da Nang which will host the Global Gift Gala in 2018, was the sponsor, together with the Four Seasons George V, Caron, Messika Jewelry and WebMedia.

Maria Bravo
Maria Bravo

The 3 star Michelin chef Christian Le Squer was responsible for the catering at the Four Seasons Hotel George V with chef David Bizet, who has won a Michelin star in just eight months in L’Orangerie. Both chefs drew together a solidarity avant-garde menu.

International musicians committed to the Global Gift Foundation came together to provide the music. Singer Dimash Kudaibergen from Kazakhstan and French-Indonesian singer Anggun shared the stage with artists like Cuban Descemer Bueno, singer and dancer Tal and the DJs Merwan Rim and Joshaï who closed the gala. The traditional auction this year was conducted by Julien Brunei from the prestigious auctioneer Christie’s.

Some of the many celebrities supporting the charity event included producer Thomas Langman and his wife, journalist Céline Bosquet, fashion designer Jean-Claude Jitrois, actor Anthony Delon, presenter Liane Foly, supermodel Laury Thilleman, chef Juan Arbelaez, entrepreneurs Jonathan Herbatchek and Caroline Receveur, actors Stéphane Jobert, Renan Pacheco and Bernard Montiel, the director of art galleries Art Paris Art Fair Julien Lecêtre, comic Florent Peyre, film producer Daniel Tordjman, TV presenters Aïda Touihri and Capucine Anav, journalists Stéphane Jobert and Jerome Cridlig, singer Lorie Pester, actress Lucie Lucas, singer and actor Baptiste Giabiconi, models Tonya Kinzinger and Flora Coquerel (Miss France 2014) and the winner of the Voice France Slimane.

Eva Longoria Bastón
Eva Longoria Bastón

Awards for solidarity

The Paris Global Gift Gala VII recognized the work of people who make a difference in the lives of those most in need through its social responsibility and personal and professional work.

The Global Gift Philanthropist Award went to Orianne Collins for her philanthropic work in the Little Dreams Foundation, an organization she created with her husband singer-songwriter Phill Collins in 2000. Their foundation supports young talents in the world of music, art and sport through customized training.

The actress Pamela Anderson also received the Global Gift Philanthropist Award for her work with the Pamela Anderson Foundation which fights for the defense of human rights, environmental justice and against animal abuse. It has conducted campaigns to condemn the fur industry and promote veganism.

Jewelry designer Valerie Messika received the Philantropreneur Global Gift Award for entrepreneurs and philanthropists for their social commitment, dedication and philanthropic achievements. The Global Gift Foundation appreciates the support from Valerie Messika through her brand with social responsibility, Jewelry Messika, for these years of partnership and participation in the Global Gift Gala and the Global Gift Initiative.

Donations collected during the Paris Global Gift Gala were allocated to UNICEF projects in France, the Global Gift Foundation and the Eva Longoria Foundation. UNICEF France chose its infancy international project to ensure the basic needs of children and mothers in emergency situations. The organization, established in over 190 countries, is based on the International Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) to achieve its goal of protection, education and health.

The Eva Longoria Foundation aims to improve the quality of life for women in need through grants to improve their personal potential through education and business training. “We provide momentum for them to achieve their dream, supporting education and entrepreneurship and helping them find great opportunities for the future” said Eva Longoria Bastón.

María Bravo, founder and host for the evening, announced that she will use the funds raised for the Global Gift Foundation’s flagship project, the Casa Global Gift in Marbella – a multifunctional space that offers specialized and material support adapted for children with chronic diseases and their families. 

** All images supplied by comunicacionrrpp

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