On Wednesday, July 15, former President US Bill Clinton will host an exclusive Mandela Day gala dinner and auction at the Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal, New York.
President Clinton will be joined by Nelson Mandela’s wife, Graça Machel, who will be flying in especially to mark her husband’s 91st birthday together with Mr Mandela’s daughter and grandson, as well as a number of leading world figures, musicians and stars of stage and screen.
Paul Gambaccini will chair the star-studded Gala and there will be a special birthday tribute by Morgan Freeman with speeches from President Clinton amongst others, as well as performances from Jonathan Butler and the Soweto Gospel Choir. Notable guests expected to attend the dinner will include Forest and Keisha Whitaker, Harry Belafonte, Beyoncé and Jay Z.
The dinner will culminate in an exclusive Christie’s auction. Funds raised on the night will help to promote Madiba’s legacy through the Nelson Mandela Foundation and support 46664 HIV/AIDS projects and outreach campaigns in sub-Saharan Africa.
A host of renowned artists and musicians will then join Mrs Graca Machel-Mandela to kick off Madiba’s birthday in style at the much-awaited Mandela Day concert at Radio City Music Hall on Saturday 18 July. France’s First Lady, Carla Bruni will be performing and will be supported in attendance by her husband President Sarkozy.
The event will bring together a raft of glamorous names including Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and Alicia Keys who will be joined by 46664 supporters Morgan Freeman, Forest Whitaker and Matt Damon. Whoopi Goldberg will be making a special appearance along with a number of other invited guests. Fresh from their mammoth European tour, a number of elite NBA superstars will also be in attendance at the gala dinner and concert.
The Mandela Day Gala Dinner and Auction is sponsored by Zain, the leading mobile telecommunications company in Africa and the Middle East. Announcing the sponsorship, Zain Group CEO Dr Saad Al Barrak said: “Mr Mandela is an iconic statesman whose sacrifice and leadership has had an enormous impact on humanity.”
Tickets to the Mandela Day concert being held at Radio City Music Hall in New York on 18th July are available at http://www.ticketmaster.com.