|Host Nigel Barker|
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Thursday night at Cipriani Wall Street, the Make-A-Wish Metro area held its annual gala hosted this year by celebrity photographer and Make-A-Wish Ambassador, Nigel Barker. The event is the largest fundraiser of the year supporting their mission of granting the wishes children with life-threatening medical conditions in our community.
Guests enjoyed elegant cocktails, dinner, dancing and a touching program which included a live auction. The evening concluded with a powerful performance by R&B singer/songwriter, Alice Smith.
|Philanthropist Jean Shafiroff & designer Victor de Souza|
Some of the fashion industry’s biggest names attended to show their support for Make-A-Wish and Mazdack Rassi. Notable guests included Carolyn Murphy, Coco Rocha, Anja Rubik, Cynthia Rowley, Jean Shafiroff, Victor de Souza, Keren Craig, Mara Hoffman, Chris Zois, and Elia and Mariana Zois.
|Honoree Mazdack Rassi|
“Last night was an incredible night for us. By raising over $1.1 million, with money still coming in, we are closer to our goal of reaching every eligible child in our communities. A wish can transform the life of a child with a life-threatening illness. We are so grateful to our honoree, Mazdack Rassi, and our host, Nigel Barker, for their passionate dedication to this mission,” said Patricia Clemency, President and CEO, Make-A-Wish Metro New York and Western New York.
- Ernest Schmatolla