Self Help Africa's Change-Maker's Ball

Oct 19, 2010, 10:05 ET from Self Help Africa

NEW YORK, Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- On November 12th, Self Help Africa ( is hosting the Change-Maker's Ball to support its innovative sustainable development programs in Africa. The glamorous black-tie event will take place in New York at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers, overlooking the Hudson River.

Margaret Brennan, a business reporter and host of Bloomberg TV's "InBusiness with Margaret Brennan," will act as master of ceremonies for the evening, which includes a champagne and cocktail reception, gourmet dinner, live/silent auctions, and dancing to live music. The expected 400+ crowd of guests will be luminaries from various industries.

Guests, including Actor Yuval David, will be able sip the signature Change-Maker's Cocktail, created especially for the night by two top tastemakers: World-renowned Chef Nils Noren, Vice President of Education at New York's French Culinary Institute, and 2009 competitor on Bravo's "Top Chef Masters"; Noren will joined by Dave Arnold, the Technology Director at the French Culinary Institute and an expert on high-tech cocktails. 

Another highlight of the ball will be when Patrick Tully of Player Relations/Public Relations takes the stage to lead a live auction featuring an array of exclusive international trips, including a once in a life-time safari experience at the Singita Private Game Reserve in South Africa, sporting tickets, luxury products and more.

To showcase Self Help Africa's four key focus areas, the Change-Maker's Ball will honor four Ambassadors for Change, individuals who have put their names and support behind each cause.

The Ambassadors for Change are:

Ambassador for Entrepreneurs: Heather James, Principal and Director of Research, Federal Street Partners, LLC.

Ambassador for Women: Ciara Smyth, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Ambassador for Food Security: Ronan Downs, Owner, Beckett's Bar & Grill, The Dubliner, The Waterstone Grill

Ambassador for Climate Adaptation: Denis Hickie, Irish rugby legend and currently with Mainstream Renewable Power.

Self Help Africa has worked in international development for 25 years, and is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. Self Help Africa's mission is to break the cycle of poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa by empowering people in rural communities to feed themselves and generate income. Self Help Africa distributes practical food knowledge and tools – natural resource management training, business skills, access to markets, etc.

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