An impressive £850,000 was raised on the 9th of October, 2016 at the inaugural Bovet 1822 Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ) Brilliant is Beautiful event in honour of supermodel and activist Karen Elson. The event was co-hosted by an influential team, including APJ founder and multi Academy Award winning filmmaker, Paul Haggis, Alan Cumming, Petra Nemcova, Kelly Brook, Moran Atias, Caroline Stanbury.
Held at the majestic Claridge’s, the evening’s title sponsor was APJ strategic partner Bovet 1822. Dinner was prepared by The Royal Chef, in conjunction with Gilles Bragard, the founder of the Club des Chefs des Chefs. The event launched APJ’s new initiative “Brilliant is Beautiful,” a scholarship fund for underprivileged women and girls worldwide. Thanks to the exceptional support of Bovet 1822, APJ is able to give 100% of every dollar raised directly to supporting health, dignity and education programs around the world.
Tabitha Simmons presented Karen Elson with the first ever Brilliant is Beautiful Award, which recognizes extraordinary longstanding commitment toward activism on behalf of the poorest communities on the planet with particular focus on promoting women’s education, human rights and leadership.
In addition to honouring Ms Elson, the Awards Dinner helped raise vital funding for educational programs serving some of the neediest young girls in Haiti, Kenya, Pakistan, Peru and Uganda. In Haiti, APJ’s own programs provide scholarships to over 1,500 young girls via their Academy for Peace and Justice high school and Artists Institute college. In Kenya, through Many Hopes young girls are rescued off the streets from the worst of poverty, given dignified education and poised to become local professionals and leaders. In Pakistan, Iqra Fund transforms the lives of remote rural girls previously destined to teenage marriage into the power behind their community’s new future. In Peru, Happy Hearts Fund bridges the gap from disaster to opportunity, rebuilding after their earthquake to provide a new high school helping hundreds of young girls gain diplomas and autonomous stewardship over their future. And in Uganda, Hope North’s home and secondary school provides an extraordinarily supportive safe space for young women to learn and thrive.
David Belle & Caroline Stanbury
Petra Nemcova, David Mimran, Moran Atias & Mariano Vivanco