Knock Out Charity Auction

Charity auction in Brooklyn raised funds for two South African non-profit organisations.


In an unprecedented and historic move, former American boxing promoter – Joel Berman – hosted a charity benefit to help raise funds for two South African organisations; namely Operation Smile South Africa (OSSA) and Ubuntu Pathways.

Our host, Mariana Minx chats to Lauren Bright from Operation Smile. Missed the interview? Listen below:

The event – aptly named Fight for Good – was held at the world famous Gleason’s Gym in Dumbo, Brooklyn, New York on Thursday, 25 April 2019 and saw almost 200 people in attendance. Twenty artworks and sculptures created by renowned South African artists, as well as boxing gloves signed by Floyd Mayweather and Oscar De La Hoya, were auctioned off by South African auctioneer Ariella Kuper to raise funds for both organisations.

“Fight for Good was an absolute knock out,” says Lauren Bright, Country Manager for Operation Smile South Africa. “The concept of hosting a charity auction in Brooklyn, New York to support two South African non-profit organisations was definitely a novel one but it paid off and was met with rave reviews by all who attended.”

Attendees were particularly in awe of the South African artwork on auction and it’s confirmed that Ozark actor, Marc Menchaca, purchased a piece via a silent auction and is said to be over the moon with his purchase.

Host committee members included the likes of South African model Nicola Breytenbach, international model and Operation Smile ambassador Pritika Swarup, and the famous USA human and dog Instagram duo better known as Topher Brophy (the human part of the duo) and Rosenberg the Dog.

“Operation Smile South Africa was so excited to have co-hosted the amazing event together with the incredible Ubuntu Pathways. Both non-profit organisations strongly believe in the power of collaboration and to be able to host this benefit in New York, at the iconic Gleason’s Gym, was a collaborative game-changer for both parties,” adds Bright.

The event, which raised just over $40,000, was a resounding success and looks to be the first of many similar collaborative events in the near future.

“Ubuntu Pathways was thrilled to have joined forces with Operation Smile South Africa on such an experiential event,” adds Travis Randall, Director, United States of Ubuntu Pathways. “We have been working with vulnerable children in South Africa for two decades and it’s a pleasure to partner with another organisation that has a long history of impacting children’s lives.”

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