Le Bal de la Riviera brings international celebrities for a magic night in Estoril, Portugal, for a homage to the oceans
Lisbon, 29th September 2015 – Last Sunday, Casino de Estoril hosted the gala dinner Le Bal de la Riviera, which was attended by more than 400 international guests.
The initiative Le Bal de la Riviera is an international platform that brings together some of the most influential people in the world around a common cause of solidarity, in what is the most exclusive and comprehensive philanthropic weekend in Europe.
The 2015 edition of Le Bal de la Riviera was held under the High Patronage and in Presence of H.S.H Prince Albert II of Monaco. The revenues will be donated to the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, an institution dedicated to the protection of the environment for future generations and the promotion of a sustainable development globally. This year the event raised € 220,000.
The theme for this edition of Le Bal de la Riviera was "La Passion de La Mer: Albert I, Prince of Monaco and D. Carlos I, King of Portugal: two sovereigns, one passion" and aims to raise awareness among governmental elites, decision makers and opinion leaders of Oceans preservation so they can become socially responsible and active in the preservation and protection of the Seas.
In addition to the aforementioned presence of Prince Albert II of Monaco and event hosts Princes Charles-Philippe d'Orléans, the event was attended by prominent figures of European royalty, such as Prince George of Russia, Princess Lea of Belgium, Prince Michel of Yugoslavia, Princes Michel of France, Princess Maria-Gabriella of Savoy (Italy), Prince and Princess de Ligne (Isabela Orsini), Princess Olivia de Borbon, and Princess Ira von Furstenberg. There was also the presence of personalities such as Barbara Coppel and Alejandro Hank, Carla Goyanes, Philippe Starck, Stéphane Bern, Sonia Falcone, Joana Vasconcelos, Anselmo Ralph, Cláudia Vieira, Mário Ferreira, Tim Vieira, and Humberto Barbosa, among other important figures of the national and international public life.
- The Solidarity Award has been given to Bolivian artist Sonia Falcone for her work helping children and women in need in South America
- The Environmental Award has been given to the Prince Albert the Second of Monaco Foundation, represented by Minister Bernard Fautrier, vice-president and CEO of the Foundation.
- The Tribute Award, specially created by Portuguese Artist Joana Vasconcelos, has been given to HSH Prince Albert of Monaco