START Royal Gala Dinner 2012

In Association with:

Audi -  Omnicom Media Group MENA - Van Cleef and Arpels - Tanagra – Relabell

Special thanks to:

Chrisite’s – Ayyam Gallery – Lawrie Shabibi – Elie Saab

And The Honourary Committe:

Faiza Meyasser Alireza, Rami Alturki, Sheikha Paula Al Sabah, Paula Al Askari, Elie Khouri, Badr Jafar, Isabelle de La Bruyère, Dana Farouki, Princess Alia Al-Senussi, Dino & Harsha Varkey and Myrna Ayad.

On the 21st March 2012, START hosted art patrons and regional supporters for a Once upon a time themed Royal Gala Dinner with scholarship awards and auction raising over $900,000 for START.

START awarded three, full funded scholarships to Narmeen Abu – Shashieh, Rebecca Hayday and Noamaan Taher Ahmed. Narmeen in her speech explained how she “hopes to become an architect, pass my exams and be perfect in work. In the end I will remain at the START Foundation, the invisible hand that always helped me and made me myself. I will remain faithful to the team and the girl who always learnt from them”.



Scholarship Winners 2012 and their families

The auction

The auction, in partnership with Christie’s, included lots which ranged from artworks to luxury items, with the money going to support START workshops for refugees, orphans and children with special needs across the Middle East.

Isabelle de La Bruyère (Director of Chrisite’s Middle East), Artist - Sacha Jafri


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