It was a night under the stars that sparkled as beautifully as the heroes gathered to honor and help children in need.
On a phenomenal night at Casa Cirpriani that will always be remembered, the stars came together for the first annual Moonlight Gala. It was a moment of rare magic that New York City could only warmly embrace and warmly applaud for hosting such a beautiful and sparkling affair of happiness.
On June 23, the magnificent gala benefited CARE, Children With Special Needs. The beautiful evening was hosted by Michael Cayre, Roy Nachum and MegaMoon Museum with Casa Cipriani, and co-hosted by Richie Akiva, with Patrick Finnegan and Helly Nahmad. The gala honored Ivan Soto-Wright of MoonPay and Sam Bankman-Fried of FTX. More than 7 million dollars were raised during this exceptional affair.
“It’s just amazing to give back,” said Mayor Eric Adams during his opening remarks. We work so hard, but we always have to take care of people with needs, especially children with needs. For me everyone is equal. It’s about giving back and being able to celebrate life and the heroes who help along the way.
CARE founder Meyer Safdieh and his wife Victoria Safdieh also took the stage to thank the participants. Not a dry eye in the house could stop the tears from flowing as a video presentation respectfully played up the point of the cause. It was a truly humbling experience that produced gratitude for a group that came together to be able to support and sustain such an incredible cause.
The program was moderated by respected retail real estate magnate and philanthropist Harry Adjmi. There was also a headlining performance by Grammy-winning recording artist Miguel, who had the crowd dancing under the grand kingdom of moonlight.
A fantastic afterparty followed in the lobby ballroom, with DJ sets from Juske and Rachel Winters. Other committee members include famed art dealer Helly Nahmad, investor Patrick Finnegan, famed jeweler Lorraine Schwartz, and Sophie Cohen.
Other VIPs and talent in attendance included Paolo Zampolli, Leonardo DiCaprio, Gigi Hadid, Evan Mock, Moj Mahdara, Luma Grothe, Jacob Arabo, Patrick Carroll, Bo Dietl, Margo Urban, Eytan Rockaway, Ju Wong, Cami Tellez, Gabby Westbrook , Inga Rubenstein, Marta Pozzan, Nastya Swan, Sophie Sumner, Madi Webb, Natalia Bulycheva, Susanne Knipper, Julia Banas, Regitze Christensen, Mary Leest, Giuseppe Giofre, Enly Tammela and many more.
Event partners included FTX, Akiva’s new ultra-exclusive COMPANY Membership Club, Vito Schnabel Gallery, Jacob & Co., Give Well, Moonpay, MegaMoon Museum and MegaMoon Crown Kids
Due to the generosity of participants, CARE facilitates grants to more than 18 diverse organizations, including: Make-A-Wish, Columbia University Pediatrics, Child Mind Institute, and Reach for the Stars Learning Center, among others.
The evening’s live auction was led by Sotheby’s and featured incredible works of art, including original Vito Schnabel Gallery pieces by Jordy Kerwick ($75,000 value) and Fransesco Clemente ($150,000 value) ), an Alec Monopoly “Godfather” painting (worth $120,000), an Enoc Perez “Untitled 2014” and Martin Mull “Black Moshanon 2000” courtesy of Tico Mugrabi (worth $66,000) and two original Peter Tunney plays, “It’s All Good” and “Show Me The Monet” (valued at $110,000). The live auction included high-end timepieces such as an Astronomia Solar Planets Zodiac luxury watch by Jacob Arabo (Jacob & Co) worth $350,000, a Patek Philippe 6168G Blue Dial watch (value of $165,000) and a 2022 Rolex GMT Master II ($25,000 value) and Rolex Cellini King Midas ($25,000), all courtesy of Allan Mendlowitz. The auction also included unique experiences such as a private suite for 18 people to see Harry Styles at MSG courtesy of Al Palagonia ($50,000 value), a private jet + trip to Bacalar, Mexico, for four nights with three luxury villas at Habitas ($125,000 value), a NYFW experience with model Gigi Hadid that includes two getaway seats and a backstage encounter plus dressing for the show by her famed stylist Mimi Cuttrell, and a lavish multi-day stay package for two nights in the Presidential Suite at Casa Cipriani with dinner for two and in-room massages for two in the luxury suite for $7,000 a night ($25,000 value ).
On the NFT front, the MegaMoon Museum auctioned off an original Roy Nachum “Moon Ranger” oil painting, digital video, and NFT combo set ($550,000 value), followed by a BAYC NFT Bored Ape courtesy of FTX, with a rarity score of over 340, which cost $460,000.
MegaMoon Museum, the evening’s main sponsor, founded by Nachum and Cayre, is dedicated to the preservation and exhibition of digital art and NFTs. The museum, located in New York City, will provide the largest immersive space for the creative community and will be the first institutional space to educate, exhibit and sell NFTs, located at the base of the World Trade Center directly across from Oculus, upgraded to opened in 2023, with architecture by Mercer Project.