The Global Gift Gala in Marbella
Global Gift Gala 2017
This year’s Global Gift Gala weekend in Marbella was held from July 14 – 16, with the dinner and presentation of awards taking place at the Hotel Gran Meliá Don Pepe on Sunday evening.
The Global Gift Weekend, now in its sixth year here in Marbella, is the most important philanthropic event of the year. MarbellaAzul.com was of course there to bring you the news and images from this prestigious event.
On Friday, there was a welcome dinner at the Finca Besaya Restaurant, followed on Saturday evening by the Global Gift Party at the new Chiringuito Playa Padre on el Cable beach. The Global Gift Gala took place as usual on Sunday at the Hotel Gran Meliá Don Pepe.
Maria Bravo, founder and president of the Global Gift Foundation, and Ambassador Eva Longoria Bastón were joined by members of the international philanthropic community and well known celebrities, all there to raise funds to improve the lives of children, women and families throughout the world.
Maria told us, “To be in my own town, surrounded by friends and personalities who are committed to solidarity is a dream fulfilled. It gives me the strength to continue working through the Global Gift Foundation to try to create a better world”.
People from the world of business, culture, journalism and sport walking the red carpet on Sunday evening included Amaury Nolasco and Lorena Bernal who were presenting at the gala, award winners Pilar Garcia de la Granja, Miriam Reyes Oliva and Amélie Jézabel Mariage, entertainers Rafael Amargo, Descemer Bueno, Steve Edwards and Tony Mendes, Beatriz de Orleans, Olivia de Borbón, Julián Porras, Nuria Fergó, Ana Obregón, Vogue Williams, Spencer Matthews, Melissa Obadash, Nick Ede, Jane Given, Laura Hamilton, Camilla Kerslake, Chris Robshaw and Melissa Nkonda. Also there was Enric Ortiz, regional vice president of Meliá Hotels.
Spencer Matthews, (probably best known from the TV show “Made in Chelsea” and Pippa Middleton’s new brother-in-law)) chatted with us briefly, explaining that they couldn´t attend the party at Playa Padre because Vogue’s luggage had been mislaid. Thankfully, it was found quickly and she was looking stunning in a cream floor length ruffled gown by Paul Costelloe.
We asked Spencer if this was his first time in Marbella. He said, “Actually yes it is! But I have been to San Sebastian for the best tapas.” Vogue said, “I know Marbella well. My mother lives in Sotogrande”. Spencer then said “We are both very glad to be here to help raise awareness for the foundations”. They were a charming couple. Very eloquent and happy to spend time chatting.
Melissa Nkonda had a few words with us saying, “I love being here. I have been welcomed by everyone and I feel so at home. I am here tonight to enjoy the evening and help raise funds. I performed last night at Playa Padre. It is such an important foundation and such a worthwhile cause”.
Also there were the evening’s presenters model Lorena Bernal and actor Amaury Nolasco, Laura Hamilton and Nick Ede, US designer Melissa Odabash.
Charming as always, Amaury was happy to spend time talking with us. We asked him if he was pleased to be back in Marbella and said he really should buy a home here, he’s here so often. He said, “Well, they keep inviting me. I really don’t know why! Seriously, Marbella is a second home for me. I always enjoy my time here. I have been coming here for six years now and I have some great friends here. It’s a sort of kick off to my vacation period”.
Amaury added, with a huge laugh and that amazing smile, “Also, Maria and Eva are my ‘sisters’. How could I say no to them”. We then asked him about Saturday night at Playa Padre. He replied, “What a fantastic spot. There are no houses or hotels around, so the loud music doesn’t affect anyone. It just goes on and on. It’s a great party venue”.
We wished him luck for tonight and he said “Raising money is the whole point. So, if people are slow, I might just take their wallets away”.
The evening’s musical performances were provided by the gregarious Rafael Amargo, who is always great fun. He was singing and dancing, even on the red carpet. Other entertainers included Descemer Bueno, Steve Edwards and DJ Tony Mendes.
We always know when Maria Bravo and Eva Longoria Bastón enter the room. The flashes and calls from the press increase ten fold. But, they are consummate professionals and give so much of their time. They don’t rush and they speak with as many people as possible.
We were delighted to have an opportunity to speak to Eva. She is so charming and easy to talk with. We welcomed her back to Marbella and said she has been really busy this year with the foundations. She said “Thank you. I am always glad to come back to Marbella. Yes, this year has been extremely busy. We added two new Galas this year. I loved Playa Padre last night. We had so much fun. Any time you can be on the beach and fancy a paella, that’s the place to go”.
The Gala evening began with a tasting menu, prepared by the prestigious chefs Rodrigo de la Calle (creator of the gastrobotany and Michelin star in his restaurant in Madrid Greenhouse) and the brothers Sergio and Javier Torres, presenters of the TV show “Torres in the kitchen” on TVE. They were as usual accompanied by the chef of the Hotel Gran Meliá Don Pepe, committed Global Gifter Víctor Carracedo and Jean-Philippe Darcis, who was again this year the master confectioner.
Rocío Galán (Director of the Hotel Gran Melia Don Pepe told us, “It’s a pleasure to have the Global Gift Gala for the sixth consecutive year. We consider this one of the most important events of the Costa del Sol. Our support is unconditional, because we believe the Global Gift Foundation is doing a great job in the city”.
The Global Gift Our Heroes Award went to the Fundación Querer, a beneficiary of the gala, and it was collected by Pilar Garcia de la Granja. The Fundacion Querer raises public awareness of the importance of childhood neurological diseases, relying on specialized, individualized and developed educational methods for educating children to develop their full potential.
Pilar Garcia de la Granja said ‘Thanks to the Global Gift Foundation and its generous financial contribution, our educational project is much closer. And that’s a wonderful place for so many children who are able to benefit from the method and the many families that can help with genomic analysis, briefings, respite care and support scientific research projects gift”.
The Global Gift Philanthropist Award was given to ONG Aprendices Visuales and accepted by its founders Miriam Reyes Oliva and Amélie Jézabel Mariage. The foundation, which helps children with autism, explained the importance of continuing to do this work so that these children can identify their emotions, improve their social skills and start reading. They said, “The Global Gift Foundation’s recognition of our work is huge. We are confident that the visibility it gives us will help us to further sensitize society about autism and boost our upcoming projects for children and younger girls”.
This year, there was a surprise recognition. The Global Gift We Believe in People award was given to Ricardo Alvarez, philanthropist and creator of Ribek Producciones, for their unconditional support to the Global Gift Foundation since its inception.
The traditional auction, directed by David Durán, included the following:
- An experience at the Dubai International Film Festival with Sarah Jessica Parker. This reached a bid of €50,000.
- An opportunity to accompany Eva Longoria Bastón to the exclusive London Global Gift Gala in November.
- A photograph of Marilyn Monroe taken by film producer Lawrence Schiller.
- Various pieces of jewelry and exclusive art.
This year, three non-profit organizations will benefit from the Philanthropic Global Gift Weekend – the Fundacion Querer, the Eva Longoria Foundation and the Global Gift Foundation.
The funds raised for the Eva Longoria Foundation will reinforce entrepreneurship programs and micro loans for Latinas in the United States. The Global Gift Foundation dedicated its part to reform the Casa Global Gift, a multifunctional centre that will be adapted and specialized for children with rare diseases and support and material aid for their families.
The final part of this Global Gift Weekend will be a dinner show at the exclusive Marbella Teatro space.
Global Gift Gala 2016
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.
On Saturday evening, philanthropists and guests went along to the Global Gift Party at Olivia Valere’s Babelonia Restaurant where they enjoyed dinner and performances from Poty Castillo, Lourdes Martinez and DJ Tony Mendez.
On Sunday evening, co-founder and host of honour Maria Bravo hosted the fifth edition of the Global Gift Gala in the beautiful gardens of the Hotel Gran Meliá Don Pepe in Marbella. MarbellaAzul.com was of course there to get you the best images and a few words with some of the guests.
This year, the Gala was attended by over 320 people. Amaury Nolasco (Prison Break) and Belinda Washington (Actress & TV Presenter) presented this year’s event in English and Spanish. India Martinez, Pitingo, Chenoa, Adrian Martin and Sophia Lis provided the entertainment with guest performances throughout the evening.
We managed to get a few words with Amaury Nolasco, who told us he had just finished filming Season 5 of Prison Break for all you fans out there. He also said he was “delighted to be at the Global Gift Gala again this year. It’s all about raising funds for good causes”.
The Mayor of Marbella, José Bernal Gutiérrez told us how pleased he was to welcome all the Global Gifters to Marbella. As was Miguel Lunes, Marbella’s Councillor for Tourism.
The last to walk the red carpet were of course Eva Longoria who was wearing a Rosa Clara gown and Folli Follie jewellery and Maria Bravo. Maria stopped to thank us for coming and posed for an image with Roz before rushing off to enjoy the festivities.
Video on English and Spanish
Global Gift Gala Awards
At this year’s Gala, four awards were presented to philanthropic personalities for their work in social causes:
Karen Ruimy – the “Global Gift Humanitarian Award”
Mássimo Gargia – the “We believe in People Award”
Michel Issa – the “Global Gift Philanthropist Award”
Maxi Johal – the “Global Gift Philanthropreneur Award”
The guests enjoyed a sumptuous meal from two renowned chefs – Diego Gallegos (1 Star Michelin Chef Revelation 2015 Madrid Fusion/Restaurant Sollo) and Oscar Velasco (“Chef L’Avenir” Prize the International Academy of Gastronomy and 2 stars Michelin/ Restaurant Santcelloni). The meal was prepared with Victor Carracedo, the chef from the Hotel Gran Melia Don Pepe and his team. Master confectioner Jean-Philippe Darcis provided the desserts.
All of the funds raised during the weekend will be donated to la Fundación Eva Longoria, Mensajeros de la Paz and La Fundación Global Gift.
Global Gift Gala Marbella Images