GOSH!ABOUT: Artists Of Africa Benefit

The ARC – African Rainforest Conservancy 25th Annual Artists Of Africa Benefit

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I am thrilled to tell you about this amazing organization who is doing something for the planet. Specifically, the rain forest. The earth use to hold so much more rain forests than it does now, and the importance of having these amazing, impacting forests are slowly going away.

On Wednesday, April 20 2016, from 6:30 to 10:30 pm at the Tribeca Rooftop, 2 Desbrosses Street, New York, NY 10013, The African Rainforest Conservancy will be holding its 25th annual Artists Of Africa Benefit. 

The 25th Artists for Africa Benefit is a group of  dynamic and fearless New York Artists, led by the president of the ARC’s Board, Carter Coleman.   Through these annual benefit, the ARC has conserved about 3,000 sq km of the African rainforest. Without this ongoing support, much of that forest would probably vanish. ,

The Annual Artists for Africa Benefit has raised over $1 million, and this funding directly supports grassroots community development and conservation in threatened East African rainforests. This year marks the 25th Anniversary of Artists for Africa and will prove to be an historic evening!

Various artists and special guests will be attending, including: Host Committee members Candy Coleman, Cassandra Seidenfeld, Christy Turlington, Emily Mortimer, Lauren Hutton, Maria Bello, Nicole Miller and Patricia Arquette.

Artists include: Alex Beard, Alison Jones, Beezy Bailey and Dave Matthews, Beth O’Donnell, Billy Ruiz, Carlo Mari, Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher, Chris Dei, Chris Jordan, Chuck Close, Dalton Portella, Dove Bradshaw, Eliza Milliken, Gerald Forster, Huger Foote, Janet Heaton, Jonnie Miles, Mirella Ricciardi, Nick Brandt, Paige Deponte, Ricky Lee Gordon, Spencer Tunick, Susanna Noel Jolly, and Trecy Bleich.

The Two New Species Award recipients are Hadeel Ibrahim and Prince Ea.

The 25th Artists for Africa Benefit will include a cocktail reception,seated dinner, a silent and live auction of over 20 pieces of art, jewelry, and experiences, including live art creation by Ricky LeeGordon. During the event,the ARC will honour the efforts of Hadeel Ibrahim, the founding executive director of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation that supports good governance in Africa. He is also the co­-chair of the Africa Center in New York, and is director of a number of other organisations working to better human rights and development in Africa and globally.

The ARC will also honour Prince Ea, rapper and activist for his video that went viral in April 2015: “Dear Future Generations: Sorry”.





The ARC was founded in 1991, and works alongside its field partner,the Tanzania Forest Conservation Group (TFCG), to support a network of more than 200 villages in 7 mountain and coastal regions throughout Tanzania that are protecting 3,000 sq km of forest.

Website:  www.africanrainforest.org 

For more information on the Benefit, please contact Namasha Schelling, Executive Director of the ARC at namasha@africanrainforest.org or call 212-­431-­5508



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