Creatives For Lebanon Raised Over $400,000 For Beirut

“To Beirut with Love”

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The devastating blast at Beirut’s port that took place on August 4 left the city shattered. Tens of thousands of its citizens were left displaced, some of its biggest cultural institutions were reduced to a pile of debris, and thousands were left without work. This is where Creatives for Lebanon came in. 

The non-profit brought together some of the biggest Lebanese names in fashion, photography and design to push forward long-term initiatives to support those who were adversely affected by the blast. For their latest initiative, the organisation partnered up with Sotheby’s and Art for Beirut to host an online charity sale to benefit relief efforts. 

 

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Entitled ‘To Beirut with Love’, the auction comprised a handpicked selection of donations from leading contemporary artists, fashion and jewellery designers. Emma Stone’s Elie Saab dress from the 2015 Academy Awards, a jacket belonging to Mick Jagger, a custom Nicolas Jebran matador jacket worn by Madonna to at the 2015 BRIT Awards and the sequined bodysuit worn by Geri Halliwell in the Spice Girls’ ‘Wannabe’ music video in 1996 were all auctioned for sale.

 

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The auction took place between December 7 to 15, and it successfully raised over 400,000 dollars in funds to be split across five charities with the help of IMPACT Lebanon and LIFE (Lebanese International Finance Executives) to ensure the funds reach the areas that need it the most.

 

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The chosen charities include Nusaned, Beit El Baraka and Baytna Baytak, whose focus is providing shelter for displaced families and rehabilitating residential homes and local businesses. Al Fanar, a venture philanthropy organisation that provides support for social entrepreneurs and small businesses is also on the roster alongside House of Christmas, which aims to help preserve and protect heritage buildings.

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