Empowers Africa Annual Event 2018

Thursday, April 19th, 2018 - The Explorers Club, NYC

Empowers Africa, a non-profit foundation that supports programs in Sub-Saharan Africa, held its annual gala dinner at The Explorers Club in New York City on April 19th, 2018. The event raised USD 225,000 for human empowerment and wildlife protection programs in Africa.

Guests included Kim Charlton and Stephen Meringoff, artist John Banovich, Fred Swaniker of the African Leadership University and the team from Black Bean Productions. Event Chairs included Krista Krieger, Delia von Neuschatz, Nina Griscom, Bonnie Pfeifer Evans, Jenny Kennedy, Fraces Schutlz, Chris Mack, Jenny Kennedy and Aisha Craig. Town&Country Magazine was the media sponsor for the event and Klara Glowczewska attended.

Net proceeds from the auction will be granted to programs that Empowers Africa supports including anti-poaching initiatives, rural feeding programs and income-generating projects. The auction consisted safaris from Africa’s top operators including Singita, Natural Selection, Asilia Africa, Time+Tide and Wilderness Safaris.

This year Empowers Africa honored two organizations fighting wildlife crime in Africa: the PAMS Foundation and African Parks. PAMS is a small and dynamic not-for-profit conservation organization registered in Tanzania and the United States. Their mission is to empower the people who protect wildlife and wild places. African Parks is a non-profit conservation organization that takes on the complete responsibility for the rehabilitation and long-term management of national parks in partnership with governments and local communities. They currently manage 14 national parks and protected areas in nine countries.

Accepting the awards were:

  • Andrew Parker, Head of Conservation, African Parks. Andrew leads the development of new parks, works with in-country institutional funders, and manages partnerships with national governments.
  • Krissie Clark, Co-Founder, PAMS Foundation. Krissie Clark cofounded the PAMS foundation with the late Wayne Lotter and is now Director.

Empowers Africa is a 501(c)(3) that focuses on funding programs in communities that surround protected conservation and wildlife areas or World Heritage sites; programs in urban communities where tourism is a strong source of development; and programs that support the protection of wildlife and land conservation. Visit the organization’s website at www.empowersafrica.org.