New York City

June 7, 2018

Our 2018 New York City Gala celebrated cradle to career journeys. We honored John Khoury with the Spirit of Ubuntu award for his commitment to our mission and his impact on the children of South Africa. Thina Maqubela shared her inspiring story of going from young scholar to university lecturer and entrepreneur, which you can watch on Instagram. Bongi Duma paid tribute to our dear friend, the late Hugh Masekela, and Gedeon Luke and the People's energetic performance brought the room to their feet in celebration. Together, we raised funds to realize our Vision 2020 expansion goals––from hiring the people who will teach and care for children at Ubuntu to ensuring healthy births and creating pathways out of poverty.

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Honoring John Khoury
Managing Partner, Long Pond Capital

Spirit of Ubuntu Award

Over the last 19 years, John's commitment has epitomized the philosophy of ubuntu--I am because you are. At our 2018 NYC Gala, we honored his impact on the organization and the children of South Africa.


Host Committee

Sudie Anning & Kevin Raidy
Fabiola Arredondo-Rolfe & Andrew Rolfe
Lori & Gary Cohen
Colin Cowie
Keren Day
Laura Doyle-Hammam & Zayd Hammam
Jason Fine
Stephanie & Aaron Goldman
Jake Gyllenhaal
Maggie Gyllenhaal & Peter Sarsgaard
Poppy Harlow Babcic & Sinisa Babcic
Mark Henegan
Jill & Kiva Iscol
Donna Karan
Breanna & John Khoury
Ron Kunene
Kelsey & David Lamond
Dina Lichtman-Smith & Laurence M. Smith
Cynthia & Daniel Lief
Angelina & Monte Lipman
Janice & Frank Lipman
Anne & Vincent Mai
Kweku Mandela
Brooke & Rush McCloy
Dr. Monica Menell-Kinberg
Sienna Miller
Adam Mirels
Seamus Mullen
Sandra & Philip Myburgh
Laura & Richard Novak
Kerry Oelkers Ludwig & Kevin Ludwig
Danielle & Daniel Osorio
Marissa Sackler
Mark Seliger
Deborah & Brandon Shainfeld
Rebecca & Peter Shapiro
Elena & Scott Shleifer
Richard A. Smith
Robert Stricker
Kholisa & Ciko Thomas
Joanna & Cesar Vargas
Farnaz Vossoughian & John Vaske

A special thank you to the following individuals and companies for their invaluable support

Table Sponsors

Sudie Anning & Kevin Raidy
Fabiola Arredondo-Rolfe & Andrew Rolfe
David Boehmer
Monette de Botton & Philip Kirsh
Neil Crespi
Laura Doyle-Hammam & Zayd Hammam
Andra & John Ehrenkranz
Sara & Peter Fleiss
Jill & Kiva Iscol
Cynthia & Daniel Lief
Janice & Frank Lipman
Dorothy Litwin-Brief & Donald Brief
Maplelane Capital, LLC
Migs, Sash & Vella
Laura & Richard Novak
Marissa Sackler
Richard A. Smith
Team Citi
Farnaz Vossoughian & John Vaske
The Wunsch Family

Event Sponsors

Thomas Bayne
Mark Girgis & Jonathan Nicol
Dom Pattinson