We are delighted to announce that the Jasmine Ball will light up London’s One Mayfair on 7th March 2013 at 7pm, in aid of the UNICEF Appeal for Syria’s Children.
The evening will include a spectacular charity auction on behalf of the child victims of the Syrian crisis, hosted by Lord Dalmeny, Deputy Chairman of Sotheby’s, as well as a champagne reception and Middle Eastern feast. The charity auction will be followed by performances of dance and music from the Levant and a late night after party at the exclusive central London members’ club, Whisky Mist. Tickets are £220 each, or £2000 for a table of ten.
The Jasmine Ball will mark two years since the beginning of the troubles in Syria. Since the outbreak of the conflict, over 60,000 people have been killed and over 700,000 Syrians have had to flee the country as refugees so far. This number is expected to reach one million by mid-2013. Estimates show that there are around two and a half million internally displaced people in Syria, half of whom are under 18.
UNICEF is urgently scaling up its emergency response to reach hundreds of thousands of children with child protection, water, sanitation and hygiene, health and nutrition, and education initiatives. But a lack of funds is inhibiting what can be achieved and UNICEF has appealed for £121m for its operations.
The Jasmine Ball promises to be a wonderful night of entertainment and glamour, raising both money and awareness of one of the most severe humanitarian crises of the last fifty years.
Prizes and Sponsors
Our auction prizes are varied and exciting, ranging from a signed AP2 of Tracey Emin’s ‘Mother and Child’ to a luxury beach holiday at EddéSands Hotel & Wellness Resort in Byblos, Lebanon, as well as the use of a box at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden and a haute couture dress from Maison Rabih Kayrouz.
Other prizes include:
A painting by artist Suhair Sibai, donated by the director of the Lahd Gallery, Princess Nauf al-Bendar.
A luxurious Persian carpet from Essie
Royal box seats for four at The Mousetrap, with champagne and souvenir programmes
A suite at the St. Pancras Hotel for a romantic weekend
A masterclass with world-class concert pianist Bobby Chen
Artwork by renowned Saudi artist, Abdulnasser Gharem
Champagne lunch at The Delauney, London
A bridge lesson with Grand Master Zia Mahmood
A weekend shooting at Eastnor Castle, Herefordshire
A chocolate tasting experience at Rococo Chocolates
A gift box of wonderful treats from Floris of London
Jasmine Rouge by Tom Ford Eau de Parfum
A luxury snakeskin handbag by BRADLéY
Many businesses and individuals have been incredibly generous in sponsoring and supporting our event, including Roast Restaurant, Belvoir Fruit Farms and the Quilliam Foundation.
Patrons and Guests
Some of our guests have requested to keep their attendance a surprise, but our guests include high profile politicians and award-winning journalists, as well as leading businessmen and media personalities. A common theme amongst our guests is their dedication to philanthropy, particularly amongst our patrons, some of whom are listed here:
Princess Nauf al-Bendar
Lord Williams of Baglan Janine di Giovanni
Princess Francesca di Belmonte Sam Kiley
Lady Nicholas Windsor Charles Glass
Maajid Nawaz The Earl of Limerick
Ella Krasner Catherine Ostler
Mark Muller QC Charlotte Eagar
Clemmie Fraser Ruth Sessions
Rose Adkins Lady Melissa Bethell
Lady Emma Mahmood Sophia Swire
UNICEF’s work in Syria
The lives of millions of children in Syria and the surrounding countries are in danger following on going violence in the region. Children are at risk of abuse, exploitation and violence. Temperatures are due to plummet to zero degrees in the coming months raising new concerns for the welfare of families. Many fled in summer clothing and are living in simple tents with very little protection from the cold.
UNICEF has been on the ground since the crisis began. They are working with their partners to supply families with blankets and warm clothes. They are also running child friendly spaces where children can play and learn in safety, vaccinating millions of children against lifethreatening diseases and providing safe drinking water.
For more information, please visit our website at www.thejasmineball.co.uk