Annual Benefit 2010

CITYarts Benefit

CITYarts being a part of the benefit committee for this year’s “Making a Difference Through the Arts” benefit, auction, and award ceremony, celebrated its 42nd Anniversary held on Wednesday, April 21 at the Ana Tzarev Gallery on 57th Street.

This was a magnificent event that celebrated CITYarts’ 42 years of impacting lives and transforming communities through the creation of public murals, sculptures, and mosaics. We also took this opportunity to raise awareness of the issues of world peace and climate change by highlighting our Young Minds Build Bridges program, specifically our latest initiative to bring art workshops to New York City public schools where arts funding has been drastically cut.

Here are just a few points we would like you to know about the event:

  • We usually have about 400 guests from all walks of life – business executives, philanthropists, artists, collectors, ambassadors, and high-level celebrities – who attend the benefit, awards ceremony, art auction, and buffet dinner.
  • Previous event sponsors included Agnes Gund, Ambassador Felix Rohatyn, and Sheldon Adelson.
  • Significant press was being invited to the event.



Amir Dossal – Long Bio

Amir Dossal is the UN’s Chief Liaison for Partnerships. He develops strategic alliances with

governments, corporations, foundations and philanthropists to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

Mr. Dossal works globally across sectors, including Health, Education, Environment, Peace, Security and Human Rights. He has built strong links with governments, multilateral agencies as well as key umbrella associations and foundations, such as the Arab Foundations Forum, Business Council for International Understanding, Chambers of Commerce, Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, Commonwealth Business Council, and numerous others.


Badr Jafar – Long Bio

Mr. Jafar is Executive Director at the Crescent Petroleum Group, headquartered in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with various offices worldwide, where he leads project development and financial deal structuring activities for the Crescent Group, with a particular focus on the Group’s upstream activities. Mr. Jafar also serves as CEO of Crescent Investments, the Group’s project investments division, and as chairman of Gas Cities LLC, a joint venture between Crescent Petroleum and Dana Gas. Mr. Jafar is also actively involved in business development in Dana Gas PJSC (founded by Crescent Petroleum), the Gulf region’s first and largest listed private sector natural gas company, and serves on its International Advisory Board.


Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York – Short Bio for invitation

Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, is known worldwide for her various charitable endeavors. In 1993 she founded Children in Crisis to help provide education to over 250,000 children each year in the world’s poorest countries. In 2004 she was named the official spokesperson of SOS Children’s Villages – USA. The Duchess established The Sarah Ferguson Foundation in New York in 2006, which advocates for wellness and motherhood around the world. A founding supporter of The American Cancer Society’s Great American Weigh In, she was honored by the ACS as their Mother of the Year in 2007. The Duchess is the author of various books as well as a respected motivational speaker and television personality.