The First Annual Future Influence Gala – An annual black tie event which brings together the finest spirits in the world, top chefs, art and entertainment. Each year a different charitable organization will have the opportunity to benefit from this collaborative effort. This philanthropic evening will feature rare wine and spirit tastings, gourmet hors d’oeuvres prepared by starred chefs, and signature cocktails created by top mixologists. Evening also includes live and silent auction, special entertainment, and celebrity attendees across sports and entertainment. FIG supports organizations whose work benefits the sustainable development of disadvantaged communities targeting youth educational programs. It all starts with education, join us as we #ElevateEducation
WHO: Honoree Richard “Big Daddy” Salgado”, Former NFL player and current Coach at Rutgers University Shawn Mayer, New York Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara, NY Jets wide receiver David Nelson, former defensive end for the NY Jets, 49ers and Broncos Marvin Washington, former NY Giants running back Tiki Barber, Hall of Fame former football player Lawrence Taylor (“L.T.”), Former LA Galaxy all-star and current NY Cosmos coach Alecko Eskandarian, Big Break Miami Women’s Golf Pros Lauren Olaya and Lindsay Aho, Bravo’s Luis D. Ortiz of “Million Dollar Listing”, Baltimore Raven’s Defensive End, Chris Canty, NFL Veteran Aaron Maybin, among many other professional athletes, business leaders, actors, celebrity chefs, top mixologists and chefs around New York City.
WHEN: Monday, October 20th. 6pm-11pm (VIP 6-7pm)
WHERE: Golf and Body NYC. 883 Avenue of the Americas
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Purchase VIP Tickets
Gala Tickets include admission, premium open bar featuring The Macallan, Brugal Rum, Snow Leopard Vodka, Highland Park, Cutty Sark, The Famous Grouse, Heineken and Innis and Gunn, with wines and champagne by Maisons Marques & Domaines. Access to live art and entertainment, NYC DJ Turbz, unique auction items, multiple mixology stations, and passed hors d’oeuvres from our local restaurant partners.
VIP Ticket includes early admission for 6-7 rare scotch and wine tasting, smoked bar with private chef, access to all the celebrities and athletes in attendance, and VIP gift bag.
The Future Influence Gala After-Party
WHEN: Monday, October 20th. 11pm-2am
WHERE: No. 8 – 357 West 16th St.
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After-party Tickets include admission to No.8, Chelsea’s exclusive, celebrity-studded, hot-spot. Premium open bar featuring The Macallan, Brugal Rum, Snow Leopard Vodka, Highland Park, Cutty Sark and The Famous Grouse, with DJ entertainment.
About the Future Influence Gala:
It’s been a year and a half since my good friend, Jessica Tamilio, first visited Centro Educativo in Puerto Plata. There, she was introduced to the school during a brand immersion trip with Brugal Rum. The conversation she had with the principal, Genara, never quite her heart or my mind. In curiosity, she inquired about the children at the school and where they came from. She explained that the application and selection process was reversed in a way, with the children being selected based on the living conditions at home. Those that faced the most unfortunate circumstances would be admitted. From extreme poverty to abusive homes, there were still a lot of children in that community that the school simply could not accommodate.
Indulging in her normal life back in New York City, she reflected upon the distinction of how different two worlds could be. We are each spending more on coffee in one day than many of the families in the Puerto Plata community make in a week. In Dominican public schools, teacher education is at the bottom of the priority list, children are illiterate, and the youth has no resources or tools to succeed academically, advance, and break the vicious cycle of poverty. During her time in Batey Libertad, she experienced a community lacked clean and running water, electricity, food and clothes. And ultimately left compelled to make a difference.
First came The Backpack Project. That appeased the short term need of school supplies for this school year and backpacks for all the kids. The collaboration, generosity, and support of this initiative left 630 children and 40 teachers with all the tools necessary to learn without monetary restrictions. The results and journey of the initiative can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvB2C_0qr5o
Now, the First Annual Future Influence Gala – A philanthropic black tie affair created to benefit charitable organizations with a likeminded mission to create equal access to quality education. Here we are, almost two weeks out with great progression but lots to do. It would mean a lot if you could come out and lend support by joining us for a truly unforgettable evening. Please also consider a donation if you are unable to attend. And please help us spread the word in any way you’re able. If you would like to get more involved and donate time or resources for auction or VIP gift bags please reach out.
For more information: www.futureinfluencegala.com
To donate please visit: http://eng.yspaniola.org/support