START Royal Gala Dinner 2013
In association with:
Harry Winston – PHD – Majid Al Futtaim
Special thanks to:
Jumeirah - UAE Red Crescent - Flowers by Contemop
Ayyam Gallery – Carpenters Workshop Gallery – Opera Gallery – Anonymous Gallery
And the Honourary Committee:
Faiza Meyassar Alireza, Sheikha Paula Al Sabah, Elie Khouri, Badr Jafar, Sheikh Mubarak F S Al-Sabah, Maha Al-Jasser & Rami Alturki, Osman Sultan, Khaled Samawi, Elias Bou Saab, Paula Al Askari, Gillies Dyan, Lina Sadek & Tarek Damerji
On the 16th March 2013, START Raised over $1.1 million to support programmes that deliver art education and support to refugees, orphans and children with special needs across the Middle East.
Led by internationally renowned auctioneer Jonny Gould, the auction featured two stunning timepieces generously donated by Harry Winston, Inc, as well as a series of works from celebrated artists. Names such as Aaron Young, Cindy Sherman, Arman, Safwan Dahoul, Nadim Karam, David Mach, Mr. Brainwash and Sacha Jafri attracted high bids from the evening’s patrons.
The auction was held as part of a thematic evening under the banner of ‘Beauty Through the Raw’, a reminder that despite suffering and pain, there is always beauty and hope that is illustrated in the untapped potential of the children START works with.
In the aim of giving underprivileged students new opportunities, the organization has announced three fully funded scholarships, all of which have been designed to offer mentoring, internships and financial support. These have been developed by START with the kind support of sponsors, Harry Winston, Inc., Majid Al Futtaim and PHD.