CONTACT :
The Womanity Foundation
(ex Smiling Children)
Antonella Notari Vischer,
director
T +41 22 544 39 39
T +41 79 470 47 07
www.womanity.orgPhotos of the evening Womanity
available on request
Photos by Enzo Capaccio
and Karine Beauzin.
  Hosted by the prestigious Geneva Country Club in Bellevue, the gala held in favour of the international activities of The Womanity Foundation welcomed an enthusiastic crowd of 870 guests on the night of 2-3 February 2012. A record amount of nearly CHF 1.5 million was collected during the evening. This revenue is entirely dedicated to activities for disadvantaged women and girls conducted by the Foundation in Afghanistan, Brazil, Haiti, India, Israel, Morocco and the West Bank, its administrative costs being covered by the founder and president, Yann Borgstedt.The new good-will ambassador of the foundation, Rosanna Arquette, paid a warm tribute to the commitment of the Foundation to girls and women, and promised to visit some of its projects to better support it.Alice Freitas, the first WomenChangeMakers fellow of the Foundation in Brazil called on the guest s to support women’s development. “Empower a woman and she will in turn empower everyone around her”, she declared.The Foundation seized the opportunity to present its new name, The Womanity Foundation (formerly the Smiling Children Foundation). “We have chosen a name that expresses clearly what we believe in,” said Yann Borgstedt, founder and president of the Womanity Foundation. “It symbolizes the empowerment of women for the greater good of all of humanity.”Musical performances by Anaïs, Arielle Dombasle, Mokobé, Bastian Baker and the Supermen Lovers heated the atmosphere of this night of solidarity. They were enthusiastically welcomed by the guests, including Guy Forget, Caroline Gruosi-Scheufele of Chopard, Christian Karembeu, Joel Palix of the Clarins Fragrance Group, Tatiana Santo Domingo, Jo-Wilfred Tsonga and many other personalities.The first of a beautiful Hublot “Womanity” watch produced exclusively for the Foundation in a limited edition; two unique FIAT 500 designed by Jacques Garcia and Teresa Missoni Maccapani for the occasion; works of contemporary art, including a dazzling portrait of Marilyn Monroe painted live by Michael Raivard the speed painter; lush vacations and unique experiences, such as a participation to Manchester United and Arsenal matches as guests of honor; and many other original and priceless lots, mostly magnanimously offered to the cause, were auctioned off under the majestic hammer of Simon De Pury. Other activities and exclusive sales prompted the munificence of the participants.“We are deeply grateful for the commitment and generosity of our sponsors and of our guests,” said Yann Borgstedt, president of The Womanity Foundation. “It’s our responsibility now to mark a real progress for the disadvantaged women and girls we serve. We are ready for the challenge.”The Womanity Foundation wishes to sincerely thank its sponsors : Banque Syz & Co. (diamond), Geneva Country Club (diamond), Swiss Development Group (diamond), Brevan Howard (gold), Constructa (gold), HBK Investments Advisory (gold), Hublot (gold), The Singapore Freeport (gold), Chopard (silver), Arnal & fils (bronze), Bat-Mann Constructions SA (bronze), Groupe Immobilier du Mail (bronze). Our gratitude also goes to all the generous donors and partners, to the performers, the organising committee, the volunteers and all the persons and organisations who contributed to the success of the evening.The Womanity Foundation (formerly Smiling Children Foundation) is an independent private foundation established in 2005 and registered in Switzerland and the UK. It aims to empower girls and women to shape their future and accelerate progress within their communities, with a vision to contribute to their equal and full social, economic and political participation.The Womanity Foundation presently operates in Afghanistan, Brazil, Haiti, India, Israel, Morocco and the Palestinian territories.

See www.womanity.org and www.womenchangemakers.org

http://www.womanity.org/Newsletters/02-2012-2/newsletter-03-2012-en.html