The first ever International Gala of the Rafa Nadal Foundation was held in Paris on 23rd May with the aim of raising funds for the organisation’s maiden independent Project, the Rafa Nadal Foundation Centre.
Some 400 people joined us for this charity event which took place at the Hotel InterContinental Paris Le Grand in cooperation with Richard Mille. The Spanish ambassador in France, Ramón de Miguel, the ATP World Tour President Chris Kermode, and President of the French Tennis Federation & Roland Garros Jean Gachassin were some of the dignitaries in attendance. Also on hand were business personalities such as Richard Mille and the designer Tommy Hilfiger, together with representatives from companies such as Nike, Babolay, Kia, Telefonica, Melia Hotels, Mapre and Banc Sabadell.
The Gala guests enjoyed a signature dinner by internationally renowned Spanish chefs Juan Mari Arzak and Elena Azak and their French colleague Christophe Raoux, who brought together the best of their gastronomic creations to offer a unique and unrepeatable meal.
Presented by French sports journalists Lionel Chamoulaud and Nelson Monfort, the event kicked off with a rendition of the aria ‘Nessun Dorma’ by Spanish tenor Josep Bros. The dinner was followed by a performance by Spanish pop-rock singer Luz Casal – much loved in France – who offered a show of some of her best known songs, which proved the perfect ending to an exclusive soiree of solidarity.