Little Prince scores a goal for life in New York City
Benefit gala raised funds for health research for children and adolescents
The Little Prince Complex – which includes the largest pediatric hospital in Brazil, a college and the Pelé Pequeno Príncipe Research Institute – has reached beyond Brazil’s frontiers in order to make its cause known and to raise funds to maintain its services. A benefit gala was organized in New York City on May 8, 2013 and was sold out – with 350 people filling the famous Gotham Hall, in Manhattan, for the fourth edition of the Goals for Life Copa Gastronômica.
The Goals for Life Copa Gastronômica has as its patron the French chef Claude Troisgros. Before landing in New York City, the event had already been in Curitiba and São Paulo, in Brazil, and Paris, in France. In 2014, a new edition is planned for Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil, in order to celebrate the FIFA World Cup that will take over the country.
For the benefit gala that happened in New York City, Troisgros rounded up a dream team of chefs that included the Brazilians Alex Atala, Roberta Sudbrack and Thomas Troisgros (Claude’s son), the French Daniel Boulud and the Swiss-French Daniel Humm – the last ones are radicated in the Big Apple. They were responsible not only for the exclusive menu, but also for live demonstrations on how to prepare their creations.
Another star of the night was Edson Arantes do Nascimento, Pelé, patron of the Pelé Little Prince Research Institute, the organization directly benefited by the event. All funds raised will be directed towards research in the area of children and adolescent health care. Pelé and the chefs joined Little Prince’s directors Ety Cristina Forte Carneiro and José Álvaro Carneiro to introduce to the American public the noble cause of Brazil’s largest pediatric complex.
Daniele Behring was another illustrious presence attending the Goals for Life Copa Gastronômica. She was the special honoree of the night, having mobilized her contacts in Brazil and United States. Thanks to her support, 350 attendees and supporters filled the Gotham Hall.
It was not only the gourmet dinner that wowed those presents, but other special appearances, like that of Brazilian lyrical musicians for a special performance and by C. Hugh Hildesley, vice-president of Sotheby’s, who volunteered as auctioneer of donated works of art.
A noble cause
During the event, the Little Prince kicked off their fund raising campaign in order to build the Institute’s headquarters. This building will be the first construction to start the Bacacheri lot, in Curitiba; a property of Eunice Weaver Association of Paraná that was lent to the Complex.
The site is approximately 165,000 m² and has been administered by the Little Prince since 2012. The institution has plans of building an integrated health center – a hospital, an emergency station, an ambulatory unit and centers for education, research and culture, all aimed to those who live in the north region of Curitiba. To make this viable, the Little Prince has formalized an intention protocol with the state and municipal governments. In order to build the headquarters of the Institute, the directors of the Complex estimate that around R$ 6 million (Brazilian money) will be necessary during a period of two years. Every year, the Institute must raise R$ 2 million for maintenance costs, a sum that is raised by the Goals for Life program.
The New York City edition of Goals for Life Copa Gastronômica was the Complex’s first initiative to raise funds in the U.S., where philanthropy and contributing to social causes are ingrained in the local culture. Besides raising money through the dinner, the Complex aims to create and maintain a contribution network that will be linked permanently to the Institution.