Moscow, 13th July 2018 – Last night, just three days before the FIFA World Cup™ final, supermodel and philanthropist Natalia Vodianova, Russian producer Yana Rudkovskaya and His Excellency Fahad bin Mohammed Al-Attiyah, Ambassador of the State of Qatar to the Russian Federation, hosted a charity gala dinner as part of the Year of Culture Qatar-Russia 2018. The event was supported by Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) and the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), the organisation responsible for delivering the infrastructure required for the 2022 FIFA World Cup™. 975 thousand euros was raised during the night for the benefit of Vodianova’s charity, Naked Heart Foundation, which supports children with special needs.
The charity gala, held at Pashkov House, an imperial mansion in the heart of Moscow with iconic views of the Kremlin and the historical city centre, attracted top Russian society figures, including His Excellency Hassan Al Thawadi, the Head of the Supreme Committe for Delivery and Legacy 2022 (SC), Raya Al-Khalifa, Wife of His Excellency Fahad bin Mohammed Al-Attiyah, Ambassador of the State of Qatar to Russia, Mick Jagger, Nicole Scherzinger, Sandra Nedvetskaia, Dima Bilan, Svetlana Loboda, Aliona Doletskaya, Milana Koroleva, Margarita Pushkina, Aleksei Moiseev, Nuno Gomes, Julio Baptista, Didier Drogba, Roberto Carlos, Ulyana Sergeenko, Ksenia Sobchak, Naked Heart Advisory Board member Aizel Trudel, Polina Kitsenko, Victoria Lopyreva, Oksana Lavrentyeva, Sasha Luss, Valeria and Iosif Prigozhin, Roman Shirokov, Aleksei Nemov, Mohammed Nasser Al Othman, Public and International Relations Director, Qatar Museums, Olga Lomaka, Natalia Yakimchik, Alla Verber, Vitaly Kozak, and many others.
250 guests enjoyed a classic sit-down dinner with entertainment, led by one of Russia’s most famous TV presenters Yana Churikova, consisting of a football-themed quiz, exclusive music performance by Nicole Scherzinger, Eurovision 2008 contest winner Dima Bilan and Ukrainian pop star Loboda, and a charity auction in aid of Naked Heart Foundation, held by Christie’s. Naked Heart Foundation’s trustee and art expert Sandra Nedvetskaia was the auctioneer for the night.
The highlight of the auction was a unique Louis Vuitton FIFA World Cup™ official match ball collection trunk with 13 match balls inside. Each of them, reedited by adidas, was signed by football champions from each winning FIFA World Cup™ team, from 1970 to 2018, including Lothar Matthäus, Mario Götze, Iker Casillas, Ricardo Kaká and many more distinguished players. One additional football designed by Louis Vuitton is included in the trunk.
Among the lots there was also a unique ring from the Classic collection of the world-famous jewellery brand Mercury made of white gold with a central 1.01-carat round diamond and a baguette-cut diamond on either side.
Other special lots included Zinedine Zidane’s jersey from the final match at the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™, a made-to-measure outfit by Dior Homme’s newly appointed designer Kim Jones, tickets to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ final with Barbara Palvin, Balmain dress created by Olivier Rousteing specially for Natalia Vodianova for the Met Gala in 2018, and many more money-can’t-buy unique experiences.
Guests of the auction also had a unique opportunity to win the prize provided by the SC. The lucky winner of this lot will enjoy five-star service throughout an incredible trip to Qatar during the FIFA World Cup™ in 2022, the first to be held in the Middle East. The SC prize will offer the best in Arab hospitality, along with world-class football!
Winners of the football-themed quiz were awarded with Grand Vintage Collection 1978 champagne, which is the 52nd edition of legendary Moët & Chandon Champagne House. Moët & Chandon has one of the most prestigious collections of rare vintages in Champagne.
The gala dinner in support of the Naked Heart Foundation was just one in a series of significant events which will be unveiled during the Year of Culture Qatar-Russia 2018. In the framework of the cross-cultural exchange of knowledge and experience between two countries, special attention is given to charity. It plays a key role in the spiritual development of society and is an integral part of the culture of both states. The event organised in the aid of the Naked Heart Foundation in Moscow will strengthen cross-cultural ties between Qatar and Russia and draw attention to such important initiatives for both countries.
The venue decorations were football-inspired and produced by Moscow’s leading décor company LID’S EVENTHOUSE. The dessert course, provided by Cordon-Bleu trained chef Anna Krasovskaia, also came with football twist.
All the funds raised through the charity dinner and the auction will go towards developing support services for families with children with conditions such as autism, Down’s syndrome, cerebral palsy and other special needs, as well as to constructing inclusive play facilities for children of all ages and abilities, which are Naked Heart Foundation’s two main areas of work.
Year of Culture Qatar-Russia 2018
2018 has been announced as a Year of Culture between Qatar and Russia. Despite the differences in size, climate and geography, our countries share common values – the will to modernize yet save and cherish national traditions and the goal to build the most comfortable infrastructure maximizing human potential.
Cross-cultural collaborations between Russian and Qatar cultural, educational and social institutions (museums, galleries, charity foundations, universities etc) will be a meeting point for two distinct cultures, which unite respect for their historical heritage and the ability to respond to the challenges of contemporary world. These areas reflect Russia’s and Qatar’s mutual interest towards key cultural spheres in which the accent on one’s needs and aspirations becomes the key to nation’s prosperity.
The Year of Culture Qatar-Russia 2018 create an atmosphere of trust and understanding which is crucial to build business relationships and strengthen economic, tourist and cultural partnership between two countries.
About the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC)
Established in 2011 by the State of Qatar, the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) is responsible for the delivery of the required infrastructure and host country planning and operations for Qatar to host a unique 2022 FIFA World Cup™ which accelerates progress towards achieving national development goals and creates a lasting legacy for Qatar, the Arab world, Asia and the world.
The stadiums, non-competition venues and other infrastructure the SC and our stakeholders are delivering will contribute to a compact and connected FIFA World Cup™ with sustainability and accessibility at its heart. After the tournament, the stadiums and surrounding precincts will become vibrant hubs of community life – an integral part of the legacy we are building.
Working closely with the Qatar 2022 Local Organising Committee (LOC), the SC is also responsible for 2022 FIFA World Cup™ host country planning and operations. Families and groups of fans arriving from around the world will experience a secure, human-centred tournament that both celebrates and exemplifies the hospitality for which Qatar and the region are known.
Finally, through programmes including Generation Amazing, Challenge 22, Workers’ Welfare, initiatives such as Community Engagement and the establishment of the Josoor Institute, the SC harnesses the power of football to stimulate human, social, economic and environmental development in communities across Qatar, the region and Asia.
About Qatar and Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA)
Qatar is a unique destination, where cultural authenticity meets modernity; where Arabian sands meet the sea; where people of the world come together to experience unique offerings in culture, sports, business and family entertainment.
Qatar has become an increasingly accessible destination for Russian travelers thanks to a visa waiver for Russian citizens and 28 weekly direct flights connecting the capital Doha to either Moscow or St. Petersburg.
Qatar Tourism Authority’s (QTA) mission is to firmly establish Qatar on the global map and share the country’s message of welcoming the world.
In 2018, QTA opened its tenth international representative office in Moscow. The office in Russia further facilitates Russian visitors’ access and spreads awareness about Qatar’s offering in the Russian market.