On the beautiful super moon evening of Monday, December 4th, Tibet House US celebrated the last event of our 30 year anniversary at our headquarters on 22 West 15st Street with our annual Benefit Auction and Gala Dinner. More than 115 guests arrived to enjoy an intimate evening of dining, honoring, and bidding to support Tibet House US.
Cocktails and Tibetan momos were served during the silent auction. Later, guests were seated in the gallery for the live auction and dinner, surrounded by selections from Tibet House US Repatriation Collection.
Ganden Thurman, Tibet House Executive Director, welcomed both long time supporters and many new faces to Tibet House US, and introduced a short film created to commemorate Tibet House US 30 years of work.
After dinner was served by Cleaver and Co., Robert Thurman, President of Tibet House US, honored Trudie Styler with the Art of Freedom Award. Ms. Styler gave an inspired acceptance speech, bringing guests to a standing ovation. Dr. Thurman also honored Jacqueline Dunnington, the other recipient of the award, who was unable to join us for the evening.
As the live auction began, Christie’s auctioneer Ruth Mauldin presented 11 spectacular items which included a private Bhutan Journey with GeoEx that went for $18K, Annie Leibovitz’s photograph of Bruce Springsteen went for $6K and a backstage meet and greet with Sting at his New Year’s show in the Bahamas, which went for $22k. Overall the auction and dinner raised $158K — not including Tibet House US’ online charitybuzz auction, which ends on December 11th.
That past two year’s gala dinners at Tibet House US have been very special for anyone who has been able to attend them, and many have remarked on the wonderful opportunity to enjoy Tibet House US in the intimate surrounding of our gallery and in the company of supporters and donors.
Beata Tikos and Kyra Borre worked out a special exhibition highlighting certain key objects in the Tibet House US Repatriation Collection, which created an inspiring sense of being in a Tibetan space.
We would like to give our most heartfelt appreciation to all of the people who supported this event, from the honorary committee and auction donors, to all of those who attended. We could not put on this spectacular event without you.