Absolute Travel is proud to support emerging talent in Film and the Performing Arts at the 30th Annual Princess Grace Foundation-USA Gala. The gala honors deserving individuals and helps raise funds for the foundation through live and silent auctions. This year Absolute Travel partnered with Quasar to contribute a 10 night journey to explore the Galapagos and Ecuador. We are honored to announce the journey helped raise $100,000 for the foundation in the live auction!
During her lifetime Princess Grace was not only a highly regarded actress in film; she was also dedicated to supporting young artists at the earliest stages of their careers. The Princess Grace Foundation honors her legacy by identifying and assisting emerging talent in Theater, Dance, and Film by awarding grants in the form of scholarships, apprenticeships, and fellowships. Since 1982, the foundation has supported nearly 700 artists with funds exceeding $10 million.
THE 30th ANNUAL GALA HONORS DICK VAN DYKE
Hosted by Glee Star, Jane Lynch, the Gala will be held in the presence of Their Serene Highnesses The Prince and The Princess of Monaco to recognize this year’s Princess Grace Awards winners and Prince Rainier III Recipient, Dick Van Dyke. This year the Foundation will recognize 20 artists, in theater, dance and film, with scholarships and fellowships. Dick Van Dyke will be presented with the Prince Rainier lll Award by Conan O’Brian in honor of his significant contribution to film, along with his commitment to sustaining arts programs in public schools and helping at-risk individuals lead fulfilling lives through his ongoing work with Midnight Mission. Oscar Isaac, star of Inside Lewylln Davis, and Cary Fukunaga, Director of True Detective, will also receive honorary awards. Sponsored by Christian Dior Couture and Walt Disney, the event will be held in Los Angeles for the first time in nearly three decades on October 8th.
LIVE AUCTION: $100,000 FOR THE GRACE OF ECUADOR & THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS
Our Director of Operations, Sasha Lehman, has been a close supporter of the foundation for many years and is proud to be uniting her passion for the arts with her career in travel. Absolute Travel has partnered with Quasar Expeditions to offer a Luxury Trip to Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands that was included in the live auction at the Gala. The trip auctioned for an impressive $100,000! Proceeds from the auction go directly toward supporting the foundation.
This incredible journey provides a unique opportunity to experience the Galapagos aboard the vessel given as a wedding gift by Aristotle Onassis to Princess Grace and Prince Rainier III of Monaco for their Honeymoon journey in 1956. Now, the lovingly restored, luxury yacht M/Y GRACE is sailing through the fascinatingly and beautiful Galapagos in the footsteps of Charles Darwin.
This luxurious 10 night journey for two features seven nights on board the 18 passenger M/Y Grace, exploring the wild beauty of the Galapagos Islands. Daily excursions to the islands offer awe-inspiring interactions with the abundant wildlife that include blue footed boobies, Sea Lions, Iguanas and penguins, just to name a few.
In addition, you will have three nights at the former private home of one of Ecuador’s most prominent families, now a stunning 5 star boutique Hotel Casa Gangotena. The hotel is located in the heart of Colonial Quito in a beautifully restored mansion belonging to one of the leading families of Ecuador, reputedly on the former site of an Incan temple. Housed in the central square of Quito, It is the perfect base from which to explore this captivating city rich in history and culture.
In addition to the live auction held at the Gala, the Princess Grace Foundation-USA holds an online silent auction whose proceeds also go directly toward supporting the foundation. You may view the auction items now and begin bidding for good on September 26!
Learn more about the 30th Annual Princess Grace Foundation-USA Gala.
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