OnÂ October 25th, celebrated chef, entrepreneur and authorÂ Marcus Samuelsson will receive the inaugural Spirit of AfricaÂ awardÂ at the Self Help Africa Change-Maker’sÂ Gala Ball.
Over 600 people are expected to come together for a great night out in support of African entrepreneurship at Chelsea Piers. A host of stars from entertainment, fashion and sport will join the business, banking and legal communities for a night that “shifts the needle forÂ Africa”.
Marcus Samuelsson, who was born inÂ Ethiopia, will receive the inaugural Spirit of AfricaÂ award at the gala. The award honorsÂ Africa’sÂ champions, those who embody the continent’s unique reservoir of talent, drive and entrepreneurship.
“We’re thrilled that Marcus is accepting this award — in many ways Chef Samuelsson personifies the talent and energy that is emerging from acrossÂ AfricaÂ today, which holds out such hope for the continent’s future,” saidÂ Martha Hourican, Director of Development at Self Help Africa.
Held to benefit Self Help Africa’s projects in nine countries acrossÂ Africa, the black-tie event, which includes a gourmet meal, open bar, a seven-piece band along with live and silent auctions, has raisedÂ $1.2 millionÂ to date.
Adding to the party atmosphere, renowned chefÂ Nils NorenÂ from the Marcus Samuelsson Group will create the signature Change-Maker’s Cocktail, which has helped to raise tens of thousands for the cause at previous events.
Also attending areÂ Frank GrilloÂ (Captain America: The Winter Soldier),Â Nana MeriwetherÂ (Miss USA 2012),Â Monique Coleman(High School Musical), Nastia Liukin (Olympic Champion Gymnast),Â Diem BrownÂ (The Challenge),Â Alicia QuarlesÂ (E! News Correspondent) andÂ Tom CavanaghÂ (Ed, Royal Pains).
Hourican continues, “This is a fun evening, but the key is that it’s a night where we’re building success inÂ Africa. The proceeds from this event are used to run Self Help Africa’s programs, helping to develop small businesses, increase profits in existing small businesses and ultimately lift people out of poverty permanently.”
For more information on the fourth annual Change-Maker’s Ball at Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers onÂ October 25th, please visitÂ www.selfhelpafrica.org.