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September 18, 2012updated Jul 16, 2015

New York’s Inaugural Novak Djokovic Foundation Gala

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

New York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine

Last week the Novak Djokovic Foundation held its first-ever fundraising dinner in New York. Days after the US Open, Honorary Chair and Audemars Piguet Brand Ambassador Novak Djokovic hosted the event and dinner with a live auction and special performance by Theophilus London. The evening raised $1.4m.
Notable attendees included: Vogue’s Anna Wintour, Donna Karan, Tommy Hilfiger & Dee Hilfiger, Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, Princess Beatrice of York, Karlie Kloss, and John McEnroe to name a few.
During the dinner’s live auction, model Anja Rubik helped auction a stainless steel Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph that sold for $50,000. This one-of-a-kind piece was engraved with Novak Djokovic’s signature on the caseback.

Novak Djokovic believes that by supporting young children, we can change humanity for the better. Inspired by his role as an ambassador for UNICEF, Djokovic founded the Novak Djokovic Foundation in 2007, which operated under the name the Novak Fund until February of 2012. The Novak Djokovic Foundation enables children from disadvantaged communities to grow up, play and develop in stimulating, creative and safe environments, with strategic community facility planning, development and financing, while installing respect and consideration for their surroundings. The Foundation’s mission is to alleviate the suffering of children — especially in Djokovic’s native Serbia — whether from the lack of nutrition, education, from illness, or loss of family by providing necessary supplies and services to both communities and individuals. Novak has galvanized awareness of these issues and needs alongside a circle of friends in sports, fashion, business, entertainment and philanthropy who support the Foundation’s efforts.

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