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Global Gift Gala Marbella

Global Gift Gala marbella

Global Gift Gala Marbella Dates 2021

26 August 2021

(Confirmed by the organisors) 

The Global Gift Gala is a "Night of Philanthropy and Entertainment". A charity fundraising gala, it is held in cities all over the world, including Istanbul, Marbella, London, Tokyo, Abu Dhabi   and Paris, to raise money for women's and children's charities worldwide.

The 9th Global Gift Gala - Marbella 2021 was held on Thursday 26th August 2021 in the Marbella Arena ( the old bullring  Puerto Banús)  María Bravo together with the singer Luis Fonsi were the hosts. The event  featured the Spanish actress Jana Pérez and the young British Braydon Bent as presenters. 

The gala began at 20:30 hrs with the red carpet.  After a welcome cocktail the Gala dinner took place with different stage shows  and a charity auction. The charities benefiting were Maria Bravo's Global Gift Foundation and Eva Longoria Foundation. Eva Longoria was not in attendance due her sister testing positive to Coronavirus the week before. The gala was  Performing were soprano Angélica de la Riva, Weldh singer Tallia Storm, Lorena Medina and Gary Dourban supported by DJ Danny Ávila. Guests of note were painter Miguel Caravaca, aristocrat Beatriz de Orleans, actor Jordi Mollá t were artists Sacha Jafri, actor Amaury Nolasco, and French millionare André Abdoune, Jana Pérez, Bradley Cooper, Marcos de Quinto and Angelica de la Riva, Beatriz Jarrín 

La Global Gift Foundation has grown to organise several Galas each year around the world, together raising five million dollares

Maria Bravo, was also invited to Estepona earlier in the day to whitness the naming of a street in her name.  Calle Maria Bravo is between calle Goya and Calle El Cid. She said "I grew up in here; in these streets I went to school and I was with my friends. After being 31 years in USA I have found a much more beautiful Estepona than I remember." 

The 9th Global Gift Gala - Marbella 2020 had been scheduled slightly later in mid-August however Maria Bravo announced in late July "On behalf of Global Gift Foundation and myself, we hope this message finds you and your family well and in good spirits. With a heavy heart and due to recent news of Covid 19 outbreaks, we feel the moral obligation and responsibility to prioritize and protect the health of Global Gifters attending our Galas, therefore we have made the very difficult decision to postpone this year’s Global Gift Gala Marbella."

The 8th Global Gift Gala - Marbella 2019 took place on July 13th at the Gran Meliá Don Pepe Hotel.

The 7th Global Gift Gala - Marbella 2018 took place on July 29th at the Gran Meliá Don Pepe Hotel. The guest list included famous artist Gary Dourdan; from CSI Las Vegas. Emma Bunton; one of the Spice Girls group. Alex González; from the tv series 'The Prince' as the new Ambassador Global Gift together with Chenoa and Rosa López.

© Rebekah Thompson Walk-a-thon participants enjoy the family fun day.
Walk-a-thon participants enjoy the family fun day.

In addition to raising money through the gala itself, there is usually a series of fundraising events preceding the gala; an auction during the gala; and the presentation of the Global Gift Humanitarian Award on the night of the event.

First Year 2012 report

2012, marked the first year of the event. The gala was promoted primarily by Honorary Chair, Eva Longoria, and well-known local philanthropist, Maria Bravo. The pair are usually involved in the Starlite Gala with Antonio Banderas, but this year in an attempt to raise further funds for their respective charities, the philanthropic pair split from the Starlite Gala and spearheaded The Global Gift Gala. The event raises funds for Eva´s charity, the Eva Longoria Foundation, the Cesare Scariolo Foundation and Children for Peace, amongst others.

© Rebekah Thompson Eva Longoria meets participants of the Dynamic Walk-A-Thon
Eva Longoria meets participants of the Dynamic Walk-A-Thon

In 2012  the fundraising took place over two days: 18 and 19 August. Saturday 18 August saw the Dynamic Walk-a-thon, where hundreds of participants took part in a sponsored walk around Marbella. The walk-a-thon was followed by a family fun day at the Dynamic Gym, with clowns, inflatable slides, trampolines and magicians to entertain the children, and traditional flamenco music and performances to serenade the adults. Eva Longoria appeared after the walk to congratulate the participants and winners.

© Rebekah Thompson Seeing where the money goes, Eva meets benificiaries of the Eva Longoria Foundation.
Seeing where the money goes, Eva meets benificiaries of the Eva Longoria Foundation.

In 2012 the Global Gift Gala itself took place on Sunday 19 August at the Hotel Gran Meliá Don Pepe, in Marbella. The event was catered by two-Michelin-star chef Dani Garcia, and one-Michelin-star chef, Diego del Rio. The event was presented by Spanish celebrity Mar Saura, and Puerto Rican actor Amaury Nolasco (Prison Break, Fast and Furious 2). The 2012 Global Gift Humanitarian Award was presented by controversial physician and writer Deepak Chopra, to Spanish national football team manager, Vicente del Bosque.

© Rebekah Thompson Family fun day at the Dynamic Gym Marbella.
Family fun day at the Dynamic Gym Marbella.

The event kicked off with a red carpet "parade" of the guests of honour, followed by a spectacular dinner. After the dinner a live charity auction raised further funds for the relevant charities, after which there were live performances from actor and musician Terrence Howard (Ray, Get Rich or Die Tryin´, Crash), Diego Amador, Pastora Soler, Diana Navarro and Chenoa, among others.

Surprisingly now, in 2012 it was unknown whether the Global Gift Gala would return to Marbella. Eva Longoria told Andalucia.com "I love Marbella" and hopes the gala will come back next year. She did come back every year up to 2019 except for 2018 which was one month after the birth of her son.

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