Gala Dinner 2016, London

12 May 2016

Natural History Museum

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  • When: Thurday 12th May, 2016

  • Where: Natural History Museum, London - one of London’s most breath-taking venues

  • What: Black-tie Premier networking event for the global Lebanese business and finance diaspora

  • Why: Raising crucial funds to support LIFE’s Nurture Programmes

Keynote Speaker

  • Senator John E. Sununu

    Senator John Sununu cut a unique path from the private sector to public office, serving for three terms in the House of Representatives and for six years as the youngest member of the United States Senate. Before entering public service, Sununu worked for emerging high-tech firms as an engineer, strategy consultant, and a Chief Financial Officer. In Congress, he put his expertise to work for the country, serving on Senate committees such as Commerce, Finance, Banking, and Foreign Relations.
    A one of the few members of Congress with a technical background, Sununu rose quickly to earn a seat on the House Appropriations Committee and serve as Vice Chairman of the Budget Committee.  During his term in the Senate, Sununu provided leadership in areas of finance and technology, figuring prominently in debates addressing funding for the National Science Foundation, telecommunications policy, and medical information technology.
    In the Senate, John Sununu took a lead role in pressing for regulatory reform, writing legislation to reign in the risk-taking at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that was signed into law in 2008.  He led the effort to protect the Internet from regulations, and negotiated a seven-year ban on Internet taxes.  He was the author of the New England Wilderness Act, as well as legislation that ensured better protection for civil liberties under the PATRIOT Act.
    From 2008-2009, Sununu served as a member or the Congressional Oversight Panel for the $700 Billion Troubled Asset Relief Program.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Time Warner Cable, and Boston Scientific, a leading manufacturer of medical devices.  Senator Sununu also serves as the Co-Chair of Broadband for America, a 300-member organization focused on broadband investment, deployment and access.  He is a contributing editor for Bloomberg News, and writes a weekly column for the Boston Globe.
    He has traveled extensively in the Middle East and Central Asia, leading delegations to monitor the Palestinian Presidential elections in 2005, and the Lebanese Parliamentary elections in June 2009.  He served on the Mid-East Working Group at the U.S. Institute for Peace, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
    Senator Sununu holds BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a MBA from Harvard University.  He and his wife Kitty have three children.


LIVE Auction

  • An evening with Mika for 4
    "The boy who knew too much"

    Mika opened his pop career in 2007 with the defining single Grace Kelly. His debut album, Life In Cartoon Motion, went straight to #1 in the UK and 11 other countries. His second and third albums, The Boy Who Knew Too Much (2009) and The Origin of Love (2012) continued the trend, making it into the top ten in over 10 countries worldwide.

    Mika then conquered the hearts of audiences across Europe, appearing as a judge on theX Factor Italy,a coach onThe Voice France and topping the charts in France. In addition to his musical achievements, Mika has been working closely with global watch company, Swatch, as their creative ambassador.

    Mika’s 4th studio album, No Place In Heaven, was released to critical acclaim in 2015. The mature record exhibits his incredible song writing talents and breath-taking vocals.

    Mika has been nominated for and won awards from the Brits, the Grammys, the Ivor Novellos, Capital Radio, Q magazine, The NRJs, The World Music Awards and MTV’s Europe, Asia, Australia and Japan, amongst others. He is also the recipient of the prestigious French award "Chevalier de l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres". Mika has now sold over 10 million records and has Gold or Platinum awards in an impressive 32 countries worldwide.

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  • Breath-taking beach stay in Phuket, Thailand
    One week stay at a fully serviced beach resort villa in Phuket

    Enjoy the beauty of Thailand’s beaches from a unique setting with a one week stay at a fully serviced beach resort villa in Phuket, for up to 5 couples.

    The Anantara Layan Phuket Resort is a charming tropical sanctuary in a tranquil bay setting on Phuket’s stunning western coast. One of the most breath-taking luxury hotels Phuket has to offer, it opens onto a secluded stretch of beautiful Layan Beach with views of the Andaman Sea.

    Presenting the ultimate location for elegant relaxation, guests can unwind in this idyllic setting as well as enjoy pampering in the signature Anantara Spa.
    And with a host of bespoke experiences, you can plunge into a new adventure with thrilling water sports, explore Phuket’s natural and cultural wonders with a range of land and sea excursions. The stay also includes three rounds of golf.

    Date to be mutually agreed

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    ADAM, 2011, 1/5 Bronze, 115 x 50 x 30 CM & EVE, 2011, 1/5 Bronze, 115 x 50 x 30 CM

    Born in 1956, Latakia, lives and works in Syria. Ali is known for his elegant, monumental sculptures that pierce the consciousness and underscore the fragility of mankind. He has been widely collected in the Arab world for nearly three decades.
    Ali’s work is housed in private and public collections, including a number of official institutions in Syria such as the National Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Damascus, in addition to the Jordan National Gallery in Amman, the Sharjah Museum of Art and the Arab World Institute in Paris.
    Many of his bronze and wood sculptures can also be found in public spaces, such as "The Gate of Syria", which is on display in the Mediterranean Olympiad in Pari, Italy and "The Tower of Memory", which stands in the Damascus International Fairground.

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  • F.P. Journe’s limited edition Chronomètre Bleu BYBLOS watch
    Specially designed to celebrate the opening of the luxury watch brand’s 10th boutique in Beirut

    F.P. Journe’s "Chronomètre Bleu Byblos" is a limited series of 99 numbered pieces. It was especially designed to celebrate the opening of this luxury watch brands 10th boutique-shop in Beirut. This unique model was named after the city of Byblos, located on the Lebanese coast a few kilometres North of Beirut. Byblos was the cradle of Euro-Mediterranean civilisation, being the oldest Phoenician port and one of the most important commercial and cultural platforms of the region.
    For the first time, F.P. Journe has used a cut-out dial that reveals the exceptional, beautiful, 18k rose-gold mechanical movement adorned with guilloch decoration. With its blue hour circle featuring Arabic numerals, the "Chronomètre Bleu Byblos" represents the Oriental sun set against deep a Mediterranean blue sky.
    Another unprecedented characteristic of this model is the "J" from the Phoenician alphabet in the F.P. Journe logo engraved on the movement. The Phoenician "J" is the letter "yodh", which means "hand" and that hence emphasizes the importance of handcrafting in F.P. Journe’s creations. Furthermore, "yodh" is the tenth letter of the Phoenician alphabet, consequently alluding to F.P. Journe’s 10th boutique-shop in Beirut.

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  • Monaco Grand Prix package
    Including Nico Rosberg’s suit from the 2015 Monaco GP...

    This amazing lot is comprised of three elements: the race suit worn and signed by champion Nico Rosberg when he won the 2015 Monaco Grand Prix, part of Lewis Hamilton’s car from that same race, signed by both him and Nico Rosberg and finally the opportunity for 2 people to watch the Monaco 2016 Grand Prix from a superyacht.
    The Grand Prix in Monaco is the jewel in F1’s crown and one of the worlds annual social highlights. This is a chance to experience a full weekend of luxury hospitality including breakfast, lunch and a full array of refreshments on-board a superyacht.
    You will be staying at the Monte Carlo Bay Hotel and will be collected by speedboat from Fontvieille and brought to the yacht located track side each day. Our yacht provides excellent views of the Grand Prix, where guests can watch Saturday Qualifying and the Sunday race (Saturday 28th May & Sunday 29th May 2016). This incredible experience is for 2 people.
    Please note that flights are not included.

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  • 8 days beyond luxury for 10 guests at Cabo Velas
    Peninsula & Hacienda, Guanacaste, North Pacific, Costa Rica

    A private landmark peninsula and working ranch of over 1600 acres on the North Pacific coast of Costa Rica with 7.5 kilometers of lush tropical coastline, punctuated by four separate bays, each with a secluded sandy beach. Cabo Velas enjoys a pristine setting combining lush flora, rich wildlife and elegant accommodation.
    The property also enjoys private access to a further 6 Km spectacular sandy beaches of Playa Ventanas and the famous surfing beach of Playa Grande. The property is less than an hour by car from Oduber International Airport which is served by all US airlines from all major US cities. British Airways, Air France, Iberia, KLM and other airlines have direct flights from their EU base to San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica, with a local connecting air taxi or small private plane for 45 minutes to Cabo Velas.
    The Hacienda offers LIFE guests full board within an expansive residential complex, comprising a main reception house, four air-conditioned thatched roof villas, each with two double en- suites. The residences also include a swimming pool, a Jacuzzi and a tennis court.
    The international cuisine at the Hacienda is prepared with locally sourced organic ingredients of the highest freshness and quality from the bounty of the land and adjoining sea.

    A variety of activities may be enjoyed on the property, including surfing, swimming, fishing, snorkeling, photography and glorious sunsets. Guests can also enjoy riding, cattle herding, nature walks, bird watching, tennis, cycling and hiking. Other activities outside the boundaries of the Peninsula such as golf, deep sea fishing, diving, boating, river rafting, zip lining, hot springs are not included but could be organised by prior arrangement.
    Cabo Velas Estate is offered for up to 10 persons for 8 days, including all on-property activities, to be enjoyed at a mutually convenient time before 2017 and outside Christmas, New Year, Easter and Thanksgiving Day holidays which are used by the family.

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    2008 OIL ON CANVAS, 18 x 76 INCHES

    Arranz-Bravo first came of age as an artist in the 1960’s and his aesthetic was inspired and nurtured during the emergence of American Pop Art. He collaborated on many projects and happenings with the Spanish pop artist, Rafael Bartolozzi. Work-
    ing and exhibiting closely for over ten years, Arranz-Bravo and Bartolozzi brought back a new level of realism which emphasized formal subjects with a critical and ironic twist.
    Arranz-Bravo has exhibited steadily since his early days with Rafael Bartolozzi at Sala Gaspar. Over the course of his career he has garnered many accolades and achievements, including the Gran premio and Medella de Oro at the International Biennale in Ibiza.
    The Arranz-Bravo Foundation, located just outside Barcelona in L'hospitalet, was inaugurated in September 2009 and in 2013 Arranz-Bravo completed his new studio, designed by Jordi Garces (creator of the Picasso Museum, Barcelona), which has won many architectural awards.
    Currently the artist lives and works in Barcelona and Cadaques, Spain. His work is included in numerous public collections including the Museo Nacionál Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain; Skidmore Art Museum, Saratoga Springs and New York, USA; Museo d'Art Modern, Barcelona, Spain; Museu de Arte Moderna, São Paulo, Brazil.

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    Chatila Jewellers were founded in Lebanon in 1860; a luxury brand where the name on the door is the same as the people who run the company on a day-to-day basis.
    The Chatila family takes a hands-on approach to business; dealing personally with clients, directing the style of jewellery created in its workshops and supervising the stringent standard of quality control over the jewellery before it can be made available for purchase.
    With its 150-year history and having gained notoriety for its designs and craftsmanship, the Chatila family has established beyond question, that its jewellery is timeless and fashionable.
    These are the qualities that give Chatila its place among the top diamond and gem traders in the world.
    Chatila jewellery has been worn by many celebrities, including Mrs. Amal Alamuddin at her wedding with George Clooney.

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    "The Journey" by Wael Darwesh is the exploration that each individual, not society or religion - is solely responsible for giving meaning to life and living it passionately and sincerely. The existentialism, the search for the meaning of happiness, in our human and daily lives and the constant questioning if life is really worth living, has been permanently recurrent in his works.
    Should we consider life "spontaneously" as it comes? Or is it some kind of a mirage with instantaneous pleasures that will fade quickly? Wael’s latest body of works "reflects constantly this state of mind, this questioning by the dramatic expression in the works, the "mise en scene", a set up for the human figures and the selected colours of his palette well".
    Wael Darwesh is an Egyptian painter who participated amongst other international art events in the 55th Venice Biennale, Maldives Pavilion and Venice, Italy in 2013.

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  • Luxury journey to the City of Temples in the stunning Kingdom of Cambodia and Angkor Wat
    Seven-day journey for two people

    Experience the magic of the UNESCO world heritage site "Angkor Wat", cradle of the Khmer kingdom, hundred of temples encased in luscious tropical forest. More recently the site served as the backdrop to Angelina Jolie’s "Tomb Raider".
    The journey comprises a privately escorted 7-day visit for two including a five-night stay at five-star Raffles Hotel in Phnom Penn and a two-night stay at five-star Raffles Hotel, Angkor Wat after a fascinating thirty minute plane ride from Phnom Penn.
    Cambodia has become a major Ecotourism destination as it is blessed with natural wonders including breathtaking waterfalls, rich wildlife, fine sandy beaches and exotic flora.
    For those wishing to explore investment opportunities, access to the relevant ministries can also be arranged.
    Generously offered by His Excellency Kamal Agostine, Repre- sentative of the Kingdom Of Cambodia in the Middle East and GCC & Chairman of Agostine and Raphael Group.

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  • UNTITLED 11 by SARA SHAMMA, 2012

    This painting is about people, people in "diaspora". They could be any men, women and children who were obliged to leave their homeland to try and establish a life somewhere else. With them they carry the fragments of their lives, the memories of peace whilst they chase one common dream, the dream of a new peace.
    Sara Shamma was born in Damascus, Syria (1975), to a Syrian father and a Lebanese mother. They encouraged her love of painting which she developed as a small child, and by the age of 14, Shamma decided she would train as a painter. She graduated from the Painting Department of the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Damascus in 1998.
    Shamma has been the recipient of various regional and international art awards including First Prize (The Golden Medal) in the 2001 Latakia Biennial, Syria, Fourth Prize in the 2004 BP Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery, London, UK and First Prize in Painting, The Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize, The South Australian Museum, Adelaide, Australia in 2008, Fourth prize in painting, and Special Mention, Florence Biennial, Florence, Italy 2013.
    Shamma’s works can be found across the world, in private as well as public collections including the National Museum of Damascus, The British Council Collection Damascus and The Spanish Cultural Centre Collection, Damascus.

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    By Professor Nadey Hakim

    This lot entitles the winner to one life-size portrait sculpture in clay. It will involve taking pictures of the person in question on a suitable date and one sitting at their convenience.
    A portrait sculptor for the last 20 years, Professor Nadey Hakim studied art in London and in Florence. His sculpture of David Cameron fetched £90,000 at auction and is on permanent exhibit at the Carlton Club. His bust of HM the Queen was commissioned by the British Red Cross and stands at Buckingham Palace, part of the Royal Trust Collection.
    He has been commissioned several other works including the bust of the famous composer Vangelis and the reproduction of the life-size head of David’s Michelangelo. His works are on permanent display in the USA, Argentina, Germany, Lebanon, France, Turkey, Gibraltar and of course London.

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Silent Auction

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