Marbella Global Gift Gala Press Conference

The press conference for the sixth edition of the Global Gift Gala in Marbella took place at the Ayuntamiento (Town Hall) in the Plaza de Los Naranjos on Wednesday June 21. was of course there to bring you all the details and images for this amazing event.

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Maria Bravo and Marbella’s Mayor José Bernal were in Marbella’s old town today to tell us about this year’s edition of the Marbella Global Gift Gala. Representatives of the associations that make up Casa Global Gift were also in attendance:

  • Adisol (Association of Diabetics on the Costa del Sol).
  • ADAHIMAR (Social Association of Disorders for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity).
  • CADI (Centre for Attention to Childhood Diversity).
  • Association against Cystic Fibrosis, Bubble and Dreams (Rare and without diagnosis).
  • New Dawn Association – AMPEMNA (Multiple Sclerosis Association Marbella / San Pedro / Estepona).

Maria Bravo thanked the city of Marbella for the support the foundation receives and said this year’s Gala will once again have the foundation’s ambassador, actress and activist Eva Longoria Bastón present.

The weekend will start on Friday July 14 with a welcome dinner for the Global Gift American ambassador at Finca Besaya, followed on Saturday July 15 by the annual Global Gift Party at the Playa Padre Chiringuito. The Hotel Gran Meliá Don Pepe will again host the Global Gift Gala on Sunday 16 July.

This year’s presenters will be the actor Amaury Nolasco from “Prison Break” and singer and actress Belinda Washington. Guests will enjoy an elaborate dinner provided by chefs Rodrigo de la Calle from El Invernadero and brothers Torres and Victor Carracedo from the Hotel Gran Meliá Don Pepe. They will also enjoy performances by Rafael Amargo, Descemer Bueno, Niña Pastori and US TV personality Steve Edwards.

Maria highlighted the work carried out by the foundation and the collaboration with the City Council saying, “This event means a great deal for both the projection of the image of our city and the continued support given to local associations and people in need”.

This year’s award recipients and beneficiaries will be as follows:

Pilar de la Granja will be given the Global Gift “Our Heroes Award” for work at the head of the Fundación Querer and the la Asociación Aprendices Visuales.  The beneficiaries this year will be the Eva Longoria Fundación and the Global Gift Foundation.

Maria emphasized that the part that corresponds to its foundation is entirely dedicated to the Global Gift House of Marbella project which will be located in the La Panocha property that has been provided by the City Council for this purpose. The first Global Gift House in the world will be in Marbella. Maria said, “It will be an area that makes life easier for all the associations”.

Details were released in advance of the opening. An adapted pool will be Included in the outside area, a space for sport, a garden with an orchard and there will also be an area for animal therapy. In addition, there will be a tennis court which can double up when covered for conferences, a gym and an audiovisual room. The building will have consultation rooms for doctors, a multi-sensory room, workshops and offices for the associations, as well as physiotherapy and educational areas.

Finally, for the third year running, there was a presentation of €2,500 allocated by the foundation to the Marbella Multiple Sclerosis Association. Many members and associates were present for this presentation.

Marbella Global Gift Gala Press Conference 2017

Marbella Global Gift Gala Press Conference 2017

Marbella Global Gift Gala Press Conference 2017

Marbella Global Gift Gala Press Conference 2017

Marbella Global Gift Gala Press Conference 2017

Press Conference 2016

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. 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.

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The Global Gift Foundation raises raises huge amounts of money for worthy charities in Marbella and throughout the world and this Gala is a 5 star event which helps promote Marbella internationally as a 5 star destination. He was followed by Victoria Morales, the Councillor for Social Rights.

María Bravo, (an international movie star who was born in Marbella) was then introduced as the heart of the Global Gift Foundation and she unveiled the programme for this year’s event.

This year’s philanthropic weekend will take place on 16 – 17 July and will raise funds for three foundations – Mensajeros de la Paz, the Eva Longoria Foundation & the Global Gift Foundation. Some of the largest international donors from the US, Kuwait, France and Russia will be here in Marbella for the event, together with the Godmother, Ambassador and Host of Honor Eva Longoria.

On 16 July, the Global Gift Party “La Soirée” will be at the Olivia Valere night club where guests will enjoy a dinner prepared by Babilonia Restaurant. There will also be live performances of Spanish flamenco by El Carpeta, Janelle Fischer and Tony Méndez.

On the morning of 17 July, the Casa Global Gift will be presented to international donors who will have traveled to Marbella especially for this occasion. They will have the chance to meet the little ones who will benefit from the centre and see the facilities due to be refurbished. Eva Longoria, Amaury Nolasco and other national and international celebrities will be there and some of the local companies involved will be able to make their donation in person.

The evening Gala will as usual be held in the gardens of the Hotel Gran Meliá Don Pepe with María Bravo and Eva Longoria. Amaury Nolasco and Belinda Washington will be the masters of ceremony. The guests will be able to enjoy the marvellous voices and music of Pitingo, Adrián Martín, India Martinez and Chenoa.

A sumputous meal will be prepared by Diego Gallegos, Oscar Velasco and Victor Carracedo, with desserts from Jean Phillippe Darcis. The Global Gift awards will be presented and there will be a live auction. There will also be a presentation of the first edition of the new Philanthropic Magazine “Global Gift Magazine”.

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Rocio Galán (the Directora Gerente of the Hotel Gran Meliá Don Pepe) then welcomed the Global Gift Gala back to the hotel. The Meliá group is a firm supporter of the Global Gift Foundation and they provide complimentary accommodation, dining and facilities for the guests. Consequently, all the funds raised to go to the charities.

Rocio then introduced Chef Victor Carracedo, who told us about the Gala’s menu and he invited us to try the canapes specially produced for today’s press conference.

The press conference concluded with the presentation of a cheque for €2,500 from the Global Gift Foundation to the Multiple Sclerosis Association of Marbella. Dulce Cordoba del Rey (president of the association) was pleased to accept the donation and said it would help the association immensely.

Click here to see our interview with Maria Bravo – Co Founder of the Global Gift Foundation

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