It’s amazing to see people come together to accomplish one big goal. It’s also a breath of fresh air when the efforts are towards something that is definitely worth the fight to carry on a continuous dedication for others to pass on the torch to sustain the cause.
On April 7, Guastivino’s, in Manhattan, transformed into a temporary mysterious jungle to host the 2nd Annual Tusk Wildlife Gala celebrating its 26th anniversary where guests passionately enjoyed an opportunity to be part of a wonderful cause – all in the name of wildlife preservation and conservation. It may be easy to assume and perhaps confirm this year’s attendance surpassed 2015’s Tusk Gala.
In addition to wildlife protection, Tusk also trying to eliminate and decrease poverty by providing educational opportunities throughout Africa – it doesn’t get any better than serving as a double duty entity to make the world a better place.
Before the seated feast, videos of the Serengeti, Safaris, and wildlife spanning from Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia streamed, while guests mingled, highlighting the beauty of Africa while the silent auction offered up some great items to practice bidding before the live auction during dinner.
Items included: high-end apparel, skin-care cosmetic packages from Lancôme , authentic autographed NY Giants football, dinner with a few VIP celebrities, a Michael Kors bag (yes please), and additional memorable and exceptional items.
Intermittently during dinner, Zain Verjee (former CNN Anchor) is and currently owner and CEO of the Zain Verjee Group (Africa-focused production company) emceed the night to introduce the honorees and made an epic impact with her speech – explaining why it’s important for us to be aware of what is going on Africa and how it will eventually affect the world as a whole – and what we can do to slow down and/or eventually eliminate the problem.
Congratulations for raising over $600K (and counting) with super-sized auctioned items including tickets to Wimbledon, an African Safari to Zambia, and a limited edition photograph donated from David Yarrow during the live auction – auctioneered by Bill McCuddy, followed by an extremely fun and interactive after-party.
–Sir Richard Branson (received the award with a previously recorded acceptance speech). The founder of the Virgin Group, and documentary creator of “Explorer: Warlords of Ivory,” exploiting the dangers of poaching and impact it has on wildlife extinction.
–John Heminway, Bryan Christy, JJ Kelley, and Katie Carpenter.
Hats off to Tusk Gala to another phenomenal success. I strongly suggest adding this event to the social agenda next year. For more information and how to donate to Tusk, click here.