The annual fundraising gala will be held on February 10. Read the press release ...
Where: Spazio CityLife
Via Duilio 5
When: Feb 10, 8PM
MILAN (Jan. 31, 2011) - The Robert F. Kennedy Foundation of Europe will hold its annual fundraising gala in Milan, on Feb. 10, 2011, providing an unforgettable evening of events, with notable guests spanning the fields of politics, journalism, and the performing arts.
This year's gala will commemorate the 50th anniversary of Robert F. Kennedy's first year as United States Attorney General, and will also review, through readings, videos, and speeches, the achievements of the RFK Foundation in 2010 and its expansive plans for 2011 in Europe.
Partnering with the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights in the United States, the RFK Foundation of Europe provides human rights education and advocacy programs to schools and communities across the Continent.
Prominent Italian journalist Camila Raznovich will serve as Master of Ceremonies. Guest speakers will include Kerry Kennedy, daughter of Robert Kennedy and president of the RFK Foundation; Frank Mankiewicz, former press secretary to Robert F. Kennedy; and Stephen Bradberry, recipient of the 2005 RFK Human Rights Award for his extraordinary work on behalf of the economic and social rights of New Orleans residents and survivors of Hurricane Katrina across the Gulf Coast. Gabor Gombos, who has played a vital role in the RFK Foundation's Speak Truth To Power program in Hungary, Italy, and Romania, will also be a guest speaker. Mr. Gabor was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary in recognition of his work on behalf of people with disabilities.
In addition, readings from Robert Kennedy's speeches will be given by Milan's Mayor, Letizia Moratti.
Italian students will perform a reading from "Speak Truth To Power" by Broadway playwright Ariel Dorfman, along with Spanish actor Sergio Muñiz and a series of videos will be presented about the life of Robert Kennedy and the work of the RFK Foundation.
The evening will conclude with a silent auction including student artwork.
"I am thrilled by the opportunity to celebrate, in Milan, the remarkable accomplishments of the RFK Foundation over the past year, and to share in the unveiling of its exciting plans for the future," said Kerry Kennedy. "It is especially gratifying, on this 50th anniversary of both the appointment of Robert F. Kennedy as U.S. Attorney General and of the first year of John F. Kennedy's presidency, to see their shared vision of a more just world being carried on in Italy and growing stronger each year."
In Italy, where the RFK Foundation is based, the organization has continued to spread the culture and knowledge of human rights, beginning with young people and schools. Thanks to the Speak Truth To Power project, thousands of Italian students have had the opportunity to meet Kerry Kennedy and discuss the importance of individual action to affirm and defend human rights. Speak Truth To Power provides human rights education training for teachers, and a Speak Truth To Power educational booklet has been distributed for the third consecutive year in high schools across Italy.
In 2010, the RFK Foundation launched the first Robert F. Kennedy Europe High School and University Journalism Award, with the support of the Premio Ischia prize for international journalism.
To attend this event, click here or contact:
Maria Stella Casalini
Communication & Marketing
Via XX Settembre 40
00187 Roma - Italy
Director of Communications
Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights
1367 Connecticut Avenue, N.W. Suite 200
Washington D.C. 20036