Novak Djokovic Foundation raised in London, last night, more than 1,3 million euros (about 1,6 million USD) to help vulnerable and disadvantaged children in Serbia. The world Nº1 tennis player, who is also UNICEF Ambassador, got together some of his famous friends from fashion, sports and film for a tennis themed gala dinner at The Roundhouse in London. Jelena Ristic, Djokovic's partner in life, and Milutin Gatsby, the charity’s Global Fundraising Chairman, organized the event.
One beautiful moment last night at #NDFLondonGala very proud of @DjokerNole pic.twitter.com/tvypqGAaAn
— Jelena Ristic (@JelenaRisticNDF) July 9, 2013
Among the 300 guests were Sir Richard Branson, Ronnie Wood from The Rolling Stones, actors Jeremy Piven, Gerard Butler, Kate Hudson and Goldie Hawn, Jonathan Ross, Serbia's football player Branislav Ivanovic, Ladies Wimbledon Champion Marion Bartoli, Tim Henman, Boris Becker, Matt Bellamy, Naomi Campbell, Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice and their mother Sarah Ferguson, The Duchess of York.
Kate Hudon, Gerard Butler and Goldie Hawn looking elegant at the Novak Djokovic Foundation gala in London. #glamor pic.twitter.com/BEoKcBAXQd
— Romi Cvitkovic (@RomiCvitkovic) July 9, 2013
|Jonathan Ross, Jelena Ristic, Novak and Boris Becker|
|Novak and Goldie Hawn|
Had a wonderful night yesterday at the@DjokerNole foundation dinner gala!! Thanks so much for the invitation nole pic.twitter.com/MYz8pdab7v
— Marion bartoli (@bartoli_marion) July 9, 2013
Some of the auction prizes included on this inaugural London gala were a yatch getaway with Goldie Hawn and Kate Hudson, a signed guitar by Ronnie Wood and a seven day holiday at Sir Richard Branson’s private island, Necker, situated in the British Virgin Islands, reports the NDF in their website.
Kate Hudson and Naomi Campbell channel gothic glamour in striking dark http://t.co/tKCkOEDBFa pic.twitter.com/WQ58xi5l4d
— Boris Becker (@TheBorisBecker) July 8, 2013
This happened??? @HuffPostUKPics: RT @jeremypiven: Who knew Mr Selfridge could do the splits? http://t.co/k8LNJOPuFG pic.twitter.com/Jfr3TTM0dA”
— Jeremy Piven (@jeremypiven) July 9, 2013
Next fundraising event will be held in New York, September 10, after the US Open.
Here is part of the auction and Nole's speech at the gala: