Eva Longoria helps raise $400,000 at the Global Gift Gala auction in Dubai
Joining a host of stars including Nayla Al Khaja, Alexandra Burke and Ali Mustafa
The second edition of The Global Gift Gala, held as part of the Dubai International Film Festival in association with Dubai Cares, saw a philanthropic live auction, initiated by Eva Longoria, raise more than $400,000 for good causes. Proceeds from the evening went to; UAE based philanthropic organisation Dubai Cares, the Eva Longoria Foundation, Sunrise K' Foundation and the Global Gift Foundation.
The evening's entertainment was hosted by on stage presenters, TV presenter Tom Urqhurt and Emirati film director Nayla Al Khaja, who introduced a packed evening of programming, which included exclusive musical performances by R&B singer Tallia Strom, former British X Factor-winner Alexandra Burke as well as a very dapper looking Cody Wise.
Guest speakers and Global Gift Foundation founders, Maria Bravo and Alina Peralta spoke on all the aspects that brought the key event together, followed by a speech by Tariq Al Gurg, chief executive officer of Dubai Cares. Before the lively auction kicked off, which was hosted by Eva Longoria who was led by professional assistance from Christie's auctioneer, Hugh Edmeades.
Highlights from the auction included; 'The Eva Longoria Experience' – two business class return flights donated by Emirates Airlines to the Monaco Grand Prix, offering the opportunity to climb onboard a super yacht with Eva Longoria as well as $2,000 spending money courtesy of Dubai Duty Free (auctioned for $90K – two people bid separately at $45k each) and; 'Wolfgang Puck Culinary Experience' – A culinary private dinner by Michelin- starred Wolfgang Puck (auctioned for $35K). To name but two of the enticing lots up on the auctioneers block.
Eva Longoria commented on the evening, saying: "We had another amazing successful event last night with the support of so many that attended. It was an honour to partner with Dubai International Film Festival and Dubai Cares as the chosen charity event for them. I'm really looking forward to the coming year with our newfound partnership."
Also in attendance were international and local celebrities, personalities and philanthropists such as Abdul Hamid Juma, Chairman of Dubai International Film Festival, Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Cares, Hani Ramzi, Amr Mostafa, Nadine Labaki, Lee Daniels, Bassem Youssef, Mohammed Saeed Harib and Ali Mustafa amongst others.
Tariq Al Gurg
Hugh Edmeades and Eva Longoria
Nayla Al Khaja
Alina Peralta and Maria Bravo
Tariq Al Gurg and Eva Longoria
Tallia Strom and Rami Al Ali
Abdu Hamid Juma, Eva Longoria and Tariq Al Gurg