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The Red Cross Charity Ball in Geneva has raised over CHF 12 million in 20 years
More than 560 guests attended the 20th Red Cross Ball in Geneva on Saturday evening. Two auctions helped raise more than 1,035,000 francs. Over the past 20 years, the charity event has enabled CHF 12 million to be allocated to projects in Switzerland and abroad.
A large number of celebrities from business, political and cultural circles gathered at the campus of the Haute Ecole d’Art et de Design (HEAD) on Saturday evening for one of the year’s largest charity events.This 20th ball aimed to raise funds for two causes: Swiss Red Cross projects in Lebanon and Geneva Red Cross projects in Switzerland.
The Geneva Red Cross will allocate one portion of the funds raised to three projects: personalized support for migrants and victims of the conflict in Ukraine; support for sick or suffering people in hospitals or at home; access to dental care for the working poor.
The Swiss Red Cross will use the second portion of the funds to help Lebanon, which is going through severe political, social and economic upheaval. Run in collaboration with the Lebanese Red Cross, the projects focus on the vital needs of the most vulnerable sectors of society. They make it possible to provide primary and emergency care, set up independent and sustainable drinking water supplies and run extremely important blood transfusion services.
The funds raised over the past 20 years have made it possible to support a variety of projects in over 25 countries.
The evening was hosted by SRC ambassador Mélanie Freymond and by Christa Rigozzi. MB14, Hiba Tawaji and Martin Solveig delighted the guests with their music. Michelin-starred chef Antonio Guida from Seta, the restaurant of the Mandarin Oriental in Milan treated the guests to a banquet.
The ball owes its success largely to the work of the Red Cross Ball Committee members and the volunteers from the Geneva Red Cross. HEAD students helped to produce the event’s communication materials.