Novak Djokovic Foundation and friends raise $2,500,000 for underprivileged children
World no.1 tennis player Novak Djokovic hosted the second annual New York charity Gala Dinner at Capitale on Tuesday evening.
$2,500,000 was raised for preschool programs in Serbia at the event that gathered many friends and generous people from the USA and around the world, who supported the Foundation’s mission to provide encouragement and resources to young children so they can fulfill and nurture their dreams.
Naomi Campbell, Adriana Lima, Kate Hudson, Goldie Hawn, Milutin Gatsby, Donna Karan, Tommy Hilfiger, Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe and many more… were among the distinguished guests in attendance at the third Fundraiser organised by the Novak Djokovic Foundation.
Among the variety of one of a kind items auctioned, American Vogue Editor-in-Chief, Anna Wintour, gave bidders a chance to be styled by her and photographed by world renowned fashion photographer Patrick Demarchelier. Joining in the aid, Victoria’s Secret donated tickets to attend their, yearly and most anticipated, Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. Offering another amazing expierience Novak Djokovic auctioned a private tennis match with himself in preparation for the 2014 Wimbledon Tournament.
“Our mission is to to provide support, encouragement and resources to young children so they can fulfill and nurture their dreams. We try our best to enable them to grow up, play and develop in stimulating, creative and safe environments, with strategic community facility planning, development and financing, whilst instilling respect and consideration for their surroundings. It is important for them to know that many things are possible if they work hard,“ said Novak, addressing the guests, reminding them that the funds raised at the two previous charity events, in New York and London, have been invested in reconstruction of schoolyard in “Anton Skala”, implementation of the “Schools of Life” preschool program, a joint project with Unicef to end institutionalization of children under three, and many more.
Rounding out the event’s leadership group was a renowned philanthropist and the Foundation’s Global Fundraising Chairman, Milutin Gatsby, who expressed his delight with the outcome of the beautiful evening at Capitale.