Guests from the world of sport and entertainment gathered in Zurich for the annual Laureus Swiss Charity Night and raised a record 1.1 million CHF for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation.
The ninth edition of the popular evening saw prominent guests getting up on stage to dance, and even to perform the famous Haka with All Blacks legend and Laureus Academy Member Sean Fitzpatrick. They felt particularly generous, as a record amount was raised to help disadvantaged kids in Switzerland through sport.
The evening featured an exciting auction which had prizes such as a special timepiece from IWC Schaffhausen, a Portuguese Tourbillon Mystere Retrograde Laureus Sport for Good Charity Night Edition, and a 1960 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL W21.
"Really important donations were the highlight of this year’s Swiss Charity Night, which is our biggest fundraising event of the year. The funds raised will allow us to keep funding important social projects such as Laureus Girls in Sport, Laureus Street Soccer or our programmes for the integration of young people with using sport “said Evelyn Fankhauser, Managing Director of the Laureus Foundation Switzerland.
There were many great moments throughout the evening, but the best was perhaps when legendary All Blacks captain Sean Fitzpatrick fired up the hall by teaching the Haka to the guests on stage. The night’s entertainment was provided by famous US soul artist Aloe Blacc and Laureus Ambassador and musician Baschi. Also present were Laureus Academy Chairman Edwin Moses, Laureus Ambassadors Fabian Cancellara and Bertrand Picard, Christoph Sauser, Ariella Käslin, Conny Kissling, Max Heinzer Olympic Champions Gian Simmen, Nicola Spirig and Jan Frodeno and Laureus Foundation Trustees President Rolf Theiler.
IWC Schaffhausen CEO Georges Kern even surprised the crowd by giving a drumming master-class to Aloe Blacc’s hit song “I Need A Dollar”. Blacc had nothing but praise for the impromptu drummer after the performance, saying that "Georges Kern is, of course, always on time".