Goods for Good’s 4th Annual Gala for Good was held on Monday, April 22nd at the IAC building. It drew over 500 attendees, raising more than $540,000 to build small businesses in Africa. The proceeds will go towards Goods for Good’s innovative new business program, Community Enterprise.
According to the founder of Goods for Good, Melissa Kushner, the purpose of Community Enterprise is to help “communities not just by getting them resources but by helping them generate their own.” The main goal of the wonderful charity is to find a sustainable solution to the orphan crisis in Malawi and beyond.
Attendees included Sports Illustrated models Alyssa Miller and Kate Bock, Andrea Tese, Genevieve Jones, Supermodel Lindsay Ellingson and NBC Journalist Sara Haines. There was music by DJ Gillian Sagansky and various tasting stations for the guests to enjoy. Some of the restaurants that participated were ‘wichcraft, August, City Grit, Eataly, Hotel Chantelle and Quality Italian.
This year’s silent auction included an “on set” meet and greet with Liam Neeson, a private chef’s tasting menu at Locanda Verde and an opportunity to win a Vespa. Some of the event sponsors were IAC, KRE, Kwiat, U.S. Trust, Kramer Levin, ONEHOPE Wine, Christie’s, Lacoste, VPR, HURST Communications, Vespa Brooklyn, The Curated Collection, etc.
There was a special speaker, Holli Culler, who was born in Malawi. Her life was dramatically changed for the better because of Goods for Good. When she was only 4 years old, her parents died. She was one of four children, and they were sent to live with extended family. She felt “scared, sick, and hopeless.” Having heard about her and her siblings, an American woman working for Goods for Good, came to work with them in the village. She became her mother and was in attendance. Holli gave thanks to both her mother and Goods for Good.