Held each November, our annual GO GO Gala is where some of GO Campaign’s biggest supporters and Local Heroes come together in celebration of the life-changing opportunities given to orphans and vulnerable children around the world.
GO Ambassador Robert Pattinson was joined by Lily Collins, Gal Gadot, the cast of “Always Sunny in Philadelphia”, Camryn and Milo Mannheim, Joel Edgerton, and more than 300 other philanthropists and celebrities at the 10th Annual GO Gala at Hollywood’s newest hotspot NeueHouse on November 18, 2017, raising over $800,000 dollars for orphans and vulnerable children worldwide. Beachbody, our lead gala sponsor, generously matched the first $100,000 in guest donations, doubling the impact of each gift to afford more children more opportunities.
For the first year GO Campaign initiated a Philanthropic Table program where donors were able to fully fund one of our projects through their purchase of an entire Gala table. Thanks to The Silbert Family Foundation, the Pehli Kiran School Systems will be able to provide mobile schools for refugee children in Pakistan impacting 1750 children. And because of Dr. Kenneth Kim’s Philanthropic Table, Stepping Forward LA will be able to provide support to foster youth aging out of the foster care system and help them transition to independent adults, impacting 60 youth in Los Angeles.
Early in the evening, all eyes were on Buddhist monk Geshe Tsewang, one of our Local Heroes at the Siddhartha school in Ladakh, India, who opened the ceremony with a solemn prayer. Then GO Ambassador Robert Pattinson took the stage, introducing a commemorative video which provided a snapshot of some of the 265 projects GO Campaign has supported since its inception in 2006. In a touching speech, Pattinson, whose fans raised more than $17,000 for the event, said: “In a changing world, kids need to have the best shot. They are our hope and our future. They deserve every opportunity in life. That’s why I’m proud to be an Ambassador for the GO Campaign. Because that’s what GO is all about: Giving Opportunity. Whether it’s here in East L.A. or across the globe in East Africa, GO is giving opportunities to children. GO is also giving us the opportunity to be a part of that, to make a difference, and that’s why we’ve all gathered here tonight.”
GO Gala 2017 Chair Lily Collins followed, presenting Anja Thiessen and Bianca Zaharescu of Clarksdale, Mississippi with a Giving Opportunity Award for their work with Spring Initiative whose mission is to empower youth facing adverse academic, social, emotional, and economic circumstances. Anja and Bianca delivered moving testimonies about providing round the clock stability for the students of the Delta who depend on them for social, emotional and financial support.
With strong enthusiasm for some of GO Campaign’s greatest needs, guests eagerly outbid each other during our highest-grossing live auction in the history of GO Campaign, which featured coveted items such as readings with celebrity psychic Laura Lynne Jackson, an 11 day stay in Peru donated by Belmond, various luxury accommodations in Mexico, and a one-of-a-kind signed print taken by The Edge during U2’s “Joshua Tree” tour which fetched nearly $20,000. The festive night also included a mesmerizing performance by silk trapeze artist Dreya Weber, and a rousing closing concert by David Daughtry and his gospel choir.
Scott Fifer closed the evening with these words: “I’m so grateful to all the people who attended our Gala, who came together in the name of children everywhere, and opened up their hearts and their wallets to help so many orphans and vulnerable children across the world. So many children will benefit because of this night and it’s so heart-warming. In a world where we are bombarded with so many negative new stories, it was inspiring to spend the night celebrating the positive and life-affirming work being done by GO Campaign’s remarkable Local Heroes, and it was humbling to see so many people turn out in Hollywood tonight to be part of this growing campaign to make the world a better place for the next generation.”
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