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Charity gala raises over $500,000

16 December 2012

Over $500,000 was raised at a Hollywood star-studded ‘One Night to Change Lives’ charity event held at Dubai’s Armani Hotel in aid of UAE-based philanthropic organisation, Dubai Cares, and global development and aid agency, Oxfam.

Hosted by the Dubai International Film Festival (Diff), the charity event saw Academy Award winner Colin Firth and his wife Livia, Kristin Davis, Rooney Mara, Freida Pinto and Bollywood star Malaika Arora Khan at the charity auction.

The more than $500,000 raised during the auction, reaffirmed the overwhelming success of this charity event for the second successive year.

All proceeds from the auction, which featured an exciting array of treasured celebrity items and experiences, went to Dubai Cares and Oxfam.

The charity auction and gala dinner were held under the patronage of UN Messenger of Peace, Princess Haya bint Al Hussein, wife of His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

Colin Firth, one of Oxfam’s highly-respected campaigner for over a decade said: “Oxfam works hard to provide children in need access to basic education and around 6.4 million people are extremely thankful to Oxfam for this.”

The female celebrities were a sight to behold on the red carpet as they wore signature pieces from global fashion houses: Dior for Kristin Davis, Valentino for Freida Pinto, and Calvin Klein for Rooney Mara. 

Among the most sought-after items at the auction was a once in a lifetime experience donated by Oxfam Ambassador Scarlett Johansson to see her perform in the opening night of Broadway’s Cat on a Hot Tin Roof as well as a meet-and-greet opportunity with the Hollywood star, two return business class flights to New York and two nights’ accommodation at The London NYC hotel. 

Another major attraction of the auction was the red “Valentino for the GCC” gown worn to the 2012 Oscars by Livia Firth. The exclusive auction package also included a chance to spend a day with editor of Vogue Italia, Franca Sozzani, and her team at the Vogue headquarters in Milan as well as two nights’ accommodation at the luxurious Armani Hotel in Milan.

Also included in the auction was a beautiful Chopard 18 carat rose gold and stainless steel watch; an oil on canvas painting by Nasser Ovissi donated by the Farjam Collection, one of the most impressive privately-owned collections in the world today; an Ecological Fairtrade and Fairmined certified 18 carat white gold ring and earrings set from the award winning fine jeweller Anna Loucah; and ‘Allure of Arabia’, a unique pendant created by renowned jewellery designer Kholoud Osama Kurdi.

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