An Evening of Art, Mischief, and Music raised an extraordinary $7.5 million dollars for Raising Malawi on December 2, 2016 in Miami. The event featured a live auction where guests bid on art and experiences, followed by a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see Madonna perform in a very intimate setting. The event brought together a dynamic group of 450 Raising Malawi supporters, fans, art collectors, and philanthropists to support Raising Malawi and its project to construct Malawi’s first pediatric surgery and intensive care unit.
An emotional moment from the evening came when Dr. Eric Borgstein, the Head of Pediatric Surgery at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) and long-term Raising Malawi partner, spoke to guests about poverty in Malawi – where the average person lives on less than $2 per day. He explained the challenges of treating children in need of critical surgeries in this environment. His remarks were followed by a video (below) featuring the remarkable work made possible by Raising Malawi’s partnership and support from the guests in the room.
Madonna’s son David Banda also took the stage to talk about the challenges facing his birth country of Malawi and his living conditions when Madonna rescued him from an orphanage at the age of two. Recognizing that he was one of the lucky ones, he asked guests to open their hearts to support his brothers and sisters who remain in Malawi.
All proceeds from the evening will benefit Raising Malawi’s ongoing work in the country, including the organization’s ambitious project to build and help operate Malawi’s first pediatric surgery and intensive care unit. The new facility, named the Mercy James Institute for Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care, is set to open in 2017 and will double the number of life-saving surgeries performed on children each year, provide intensive care after critical surgeries, and train specialized Malawian medical staff. In a country with only four pediatric surgeons and where 50% of the population is under the age of 15, this new facility will transform the lives of Malawian children.
1. Madonna performing on chair, Getty Entertainment
2. Madonna posing, Jeff Kravitz
3. David, Madonna, and Dr. Borgstein, Jeff Kravitz
4. David speaking, Jeff Kravitz
5. Madonna performing, Getty Entertainment
6. An Evening of Art, Mischief and Music auction booklets, Getty Entertainment
7. Madonna kneeling during performance, Jeff Kravitz
8. Table at An Evening of Art, Mischief and Music, Getty Entertainment