Thursday, April 29, 2021

Program Highlights

8:30pm EDT︱5:30pm PDT︱VIP Reception

9:00pm EDT︱6:00pm PDT︱Main Program

Opening, featuring host Abigail Stallworth

Welcome, featuring Councillor Mete Coban MBE

How we find innovative local partners

▸ Board Chair spotlight, featuring Shweta Siraj Mehta

“A moment of obligation” and GFC’s journey, featuring Maya Ajmera & John Hecklinger

Meeting the challenges of COVID-19

Youth Leadership Council spotlight, featuring Sunga Kufeyani

Staff and Board spotlight, featuring Lila Rymer & Hayley Roffey

Local leaders: What it’s like to partner with GFC

Invitation to the Celebration of Courage Campaign, featuring John Hecklinger & Abigail Stallworth

About the Celebration of Courage

The US Gala is part of our Celebration of Courage Campaign. This month of virtual events honors the community courage changing children’s lives. It will include a UK Gala and a global conversation with young leaders on COVID-19, and it will culminate with the announcement of the 2021 Juliette Gimon Courage Award winners.


About Global Fund for Children

Over more than 25 years, Global Fund for Children has transformed millions of children’s lives by supporting meaningful change where it stands to do the most good: in the heart of the community. We are the only global nonprofit dedicated to identifying, funding, and coaching local organizations that empower children and youth. We support these courageous organizations with flexible funding, coaching, networks, and more to help them realize their visions for truly transformational, youth-driven change.


Gala Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors

Blake & Michael Daffey
Jennifer & James Esposito
Shweta Siraj Mehta & Amish Mehta

Gold Sponsors

Esther & Michel Antakly
Gunjan & Anurag Jain

Silver Sponsors

Stephanie & Antoine de Guillenchmidt
Caroline & Mark Wilson

Bronze Sponsors

Maya Ajmera & David H. Hollander
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Jennifer & Peter Altabef
Paula & James Crown
Nathalie Farman-Farma
Lila & Andrew Rymer
Chantal and James Sheridan


Gala Committee

Jennifer Altabef, Kevin Cavanaugh, Shweta Mehta, Greg Wallig, Chris Wolz


Leadership & Supporters

A special thank you to our leadership and our year-round supporters. Learn more in our 2019–2020 Annual Report.

Global Fund for Children (GFC) UK Trust, created in 2006, is a UK registered charity (UK charity number 1119544). We work to generate vital income, create new fundraising opportunities, and raise awareness of the invaluable work of GFC’s grassroots grantees. Our aim is to extend the reach of GFC in the United Kingdom, Europe, and beyond.

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