BeLive 2007: So Does Colombia

November 15th, 2007

7:00 PM

Karu Restaurant & Y

71st NW 14th Street, Miami

Give To Colombia’s 2007 gala event not only raised awareness about Colombia’s social needs, it also recognized and benefited non-profit organizations that contribute to the prosperity and development of vulnerable communities in Colombia though their high-impact efforts in the country.

Colombia continues to go through an unprecedented period in which, after 40 years of violent conflict, social investment is becoming a main priority. Both international and local organizations, multinationals and the Colombian Diaspora are increasingly concerned about reducing poverty, illiteracy, and providing education, nutrition, and technological access to the entire Colombian population.

The 2007 gala proceeds benefited five Colombian non-profit organizations Give to Colombia, Fundación Mi Sangre, Colombianitos, Fundación Fórmula Sonrisas, and United for Colombia. These non-profit organizations were created by well-known Colombians worldwide such as Juan Pablo Montoya (NASCAR Cup Driver), Juanes (Performing Artist), Angela Patricia Janiot (CNN International), Orlando Ayala (Senior VP of Microsoft) and Gabriel Febres.

This unprecedented event was held on Thursday, November 15th, 2007 at the Karu Restaurant & Y located in Miami’s design district, known for its innovative architecture and dining experience. Approximately 300 high-profile guests joined in a philanthropic partnership with the Colombian community in order to support ongoing non-profit projects and initiated new incentives for people in need. The event consisted of a silent auction, a sit-down dinner, Silvia Tcherassi’s fashion show, and an unplugged presentation from recognized Colombian artists such Juanes, Carlos Vives, Fonseca, Fanny Lu, Maia, and Naty Botero.

The event was selected as one of the official NASCAR events for the NASCAR Homestead Race that was held on November 18, 2007. 48 NASCAR drivers and their team owners participated as special guests.

This video features the 2007 BeLive 2007 Gala, which sought to contribute to the prosperity, development, and well-being of vulnerable communities in Colombia.