The annual DKMS Big Love Gala took place earlier this month and rose millions for an amazing cause. The evening drove awareness and raised funds for the international nonprofit organization dedicated to finding lifesavers for all those suffering from a blood cancer or blood disorder. Held at Cipriani Wall Street and featuring COTY as mainline sponsor once again, the evening also featured a special auction which was presented by Adrien Meyer of Christie’s.
Grammy Award Winning artist CeeLo Green held an electrifying performance in front of guests including Dasha Zhukova, Collector & Philanthropist, Stavros Niarchos, Shipping Tycoon, Doug E. Fresh, music artist, Lady Charlotte Santo Domingo, Duke of Wellington’s daughter, Alejandro Santo Domingo, Colombian-American businessman, Peter Harf, Co-Founder of DKMS, Katharina Harf, Global Ambassador and Co-Founder of DKMS, Camillo Pane, CEO of Coty Inc, Peter Harf, Chairman of Coty, Inc, Carina Ortel, CEO of DKMS US, Frédéric De Narp, CEO of Bally, Alexandre Behring – Chairman of Restaurant Brands International, Jim Myers – Head of North America Business Development, Adrian Meyer – Auctioneer and Co-Chairman of Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Art Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters – model, Miss Universe 2017, Paula Zahn, journalist and newscaster, and Fran Hickman, interior designer.
One of the highlights of the evening included a young African-American woman meeting for the first time the 22-year-old man whose life she saved by donating her bone marrow. 29-year-old Matene Canes, who is Muslim and identifies as lesbian, hopes her story resonates with minorities and the LGBTQ community in order to help inspire others like her to register with DKMS, the nonprofit leading the fight against blood cancer.
Minorities are severely under-represented on the donor registry which makes it more difficult for minority patients to find a lifesaving match.
DKMS is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to eradicating blood cancers like Leukemia and other blood-related illnesses inspiring both men and women around the world to register as bone marrow and blood stem cell donors. DKMS is providing patients with a second chance at life, working closely with families from diagnosis to transplant and beyond. The donor journey begins with a swab of the cheek that takes less than 60 seconds and can be the action that leads to a lifesaving transplant. DKMS, originally founded in Germany in 1991 by Dr. Peter Harf, has organizations in Poland, Chile, the United Kingdom and the United States. The U.S. office was started in 2004. Globally, DKMS has registered more than 8 million people. To join the fight against blood cancer or for more information, please go to dkms.org.