Give to Colombia Celebrates its 2015 Colombia Gives Back Gala
Miami December 8, 2015 – On Tuesday, December 8th, Give To Colombia (G2C) hosted its 2015 Colombia Gives Back Gala at the Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach Hotel in Miami. The funds raised at this 160-person gala allows G2C to continue working towards its essential mission of increasing the flow of international donations and providing enduring, scalable and sustainable solutions to Colombia’s most vulnerable populations.
The evening began at 7:00 pm with a full service bar and welcome cocktails sponsored by Diageo, showcasing Buchanan’s whisky. The cocktail hour also included the unveiling of the organization’s silent auction project entitled “FLOW – Feel the Love Of Water,” a collection of microscopic photographs of water inspired by Masaru Emoto’s research that claimed that human consciousness has an effect on the molecular structure of water. As it is believed that water reacts to positive thoughts, words and feelings, various representatives of Latin talent such as Sofia Vergara, Maluma, Carlos Vives, El Pibe Valderrama, J Balvin, Fonseca, Juanes, Mariana Pajon, Mario Yepes, Radamel Falcao, among others projected their energy into bottles of water. These were sent to a laboratory where they were photographed under a microscope, to then be artistically intervened by Colombian photographer Andrés Oyuela.
According to Give To Colombia’s President & Co-Founder Angela Maria Tafur, FLOW is a tribute to water as the most precious resource, of our bodies being 70% water, and most importantly FLOW aims to create awareness of issues faced by millions on this matter. “Our goal is to show water as it has never been seen before, taking our relationship with it to a whole new level of awareness: water as art and consciousness.”
The cocktail was followed by a two-course dinner in El Dorado II, the hotel’s ballroom where the power couple and bastions of Colombian pride Monica Fonseca and Juan Pablo Raba were masters of ceremony for the gala. Very proudly, they introduced Marcos Regalado, CEO Of Aidant Enterprises who gifted G2C President Angela Maria Tafur with a proclamation declaring December 8th as “Colombia Gives Back Day” on behalf of his brother Tomas Pedro Regalado, Major of the city of Miami for G2C’s efforts in empowering communities in Colombia.
After this honor awarded to G2C, three different videos were played. Showcasing G2C’s Water & Sanitation project in Cañasgordas-Antioquia, the first video showed the significant impact that the work of G2C has in Colombia’s most vulnerable population. This project was awarded by the Interamerican Development Bank as the most innovative project in Latin America and the Caribbean. The second video displayed “Mi Bici”, the featured project of this year’s gala which was executed in partnership with Postobón. 78 children in Magdalena received a bicycle to help their transportation to school every day, reducing in a very significant way the percentage of school dropout. After this, F.K. Day, president and founder of World Bicycle Relief and Paula Restrepo, Sustainability Director of Postobón, shared very emotional and motivational words to raise awareness on the importance of the project’s model.
DIAGEO showcased Buchanans whisky with the last video of the night, a perfect ending for a gala which main theme was water, as whisky translates to water of life.
The night continued with dinner and a spectacular show of acoustic guitar Las Marti, filling the place with their charm and talent. And how could we forget the participation of TV Host and philanthropist Felipe Viel, who kindly invited guests to participate in the silent auction. Other important guest that attended was Raul de Molina, Lolo Sudarsky, Kika Vargas and Kike Santander.
Following dinner, a taste of Carnaval de Barranquilla surprised the guests with dancers moving to the rhythm of Colombian Cumbia and Mapalé. Dressed in colorful and exotic costumes, the dancers led the guests to an upstairs ballroom were Latin Grammy Nominated Mr. Pauer performed for the party.
The gala, which went on to the late night hours complete with an open bar and live music, was possible thanks to sponsors Goldman Sachs, Caracol TV, SABMiller, J.P. Morgan Private Bank, and Diageo.