Love Ball RIVIERA raised €3.2 million for Russian children

Love Ball RIVIERA was recently held in Monte-Carlo to support the Naked Heart Foundation. One Young World informed its Counsellor Natalia Vodianova (Russian model, actress and philanthropist) also joined the event and will be at the 2013 Summit in Johannesburg. The event raised €3.2 million for the charity’s programmes, which focus on supporting families bringing up children with special needs and building play parks and playgrounds around Russia. The Ball, which will surely go down in history as one of the world’s greatest high-society charity events, was held under the High Patronage of H.S.H. Prince Albert II and the Presidency of H.S.H. Princess of Monaco and H.R.H. Princess of Hanover.

Natalia VodianovaThe fourth edition of the annual Love Ball, which takes guests to a new country each year, was inspired this time by Monaco, its tradition of philanthropy and the principality’s strong cultural ties with Russia.

The Salle Garnier of the Opéra de Monte-Carlo was completely transformed for the event and stage director Vasily Barkhatov, who is well known for a host of productions at Russia’s Bolshoi and Mariinsky theatres, acted as the party’s artistic director. Mariinsky Prima Ballerina and international star Diana Vishneva performed for guests, as did Grammy Award-winner Ildar Abdrazakov and world-class violinist Maxim Vengerov. The evening ended with a performance by maestro Valery Gergiev, who was specially flown into Monte-Carlo immediately after the world premiere of the opera “Levsha” in St. Petersburg.

In addition to H.S.H. Prince Albert II, his wife H.S.H. Princess of Monaco and H.R.H. Princess of Hanover, Love Ball RIVIERA guests included Karl Lagerfeld, Bono, Mario Testino, Novak Djokovic, Antoine Arnault, Ulyana Sergeenko, Derek Blasberg, Harvey Weinstein, Margherita Missoni and Polly Morgan.

Among the auction lots, 16 of which elegantly evoked the story of a couple in love on a fantasy trip around Monaco, were a private tennis lesson with Rafael Nadal, an internship at Chanel with Karl Lagerfeld, afternoon tea with Prince Albert, an avant-première Rolex watch and a meeting with Roger Federer and a round of golf on the 2014 Ryder Cup course with European team captain Paul McGinley.

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