Impact Awards Gala Returns to Miami

Guests will convene on the Faena Forum May 14 to toast to Playing for Change Foundation's Impact Awards honorees Luis Fonsi and Paula Abdul

Paula Abdul. Photo courtesy of the artist
Paula Abdul. Photo courtesy of the artist

This year’s Playing for Change Foundation Impact Awards Gala will honor music icons Luis Fonsi and Paula Abdul for their philanthropic initiatives at the May 14 celebration. Guests will gather at the Faena Forum in Miami Beach to honor the legends and support the Playing for Change Foundation’s nonprofit work to create positive change through music and arts education. Tickets are available here.

The evening kicks off with a cocktail hour before moving into an elaborate dinner featuring entertainment by Luis Fonsi, Cimafunk, and other prominent artists, all powered by CEEK VR, with support from Tequila Herradura.

Luis Fonsi. Photo courtesy of the artist
Luis Fonsi. Photo courtesy of the artist

Guests will participate in a live auction, hosted by acclaimed auctioneer Simon De Pury, featuring an exclusive Napa Valley experience, luxury yacht Caribbean getaway, epic NFL and NBA sports packages, high-end art from Shepard Fairey and David Yarrow, and more. The Faena Theater will set the scene for the afterparty, which will include performances by Cimafunk and multiple surprise Grammy-winning artists.

“Thank you, Playing for Change Foundation, I’m truly honored. One of the most valuable things I have learned throughout my career is how much we can help bring awareness and use our voices for the greater good, not just for entertainment,” said Fonsi. “I’ve truly found profound meaning while helping others, be it through my work with St. Jude Children’s Hospital or my foundation, and I’m fortunate that thanks to events like this one, I’m able to speak more about causes so dear to my heart.”

Whitney Kroenke Silverstein, co-founder and board president of the Playing for Change Foundation adds, “It feels great to be back in Miami for our 2022 Playing for Change Foundation Impact Awards Gala. We can’t think of two better recipients than Paula and Luis, for their contributions not only to the world of music, but also for their commitments to using their platform to make a positive impact on the world.”

Playing For Change Foundation's 2019 Impact Awards Gala. Photo courtesy of the Playing for Change Foundation
Playing for Change Foundation’s 2019 Impact Awards Gala. Photo courtesy of the Playing for Change Foundation

CEEK VR has teamed up with Playing for Change and the Impact Awards to bring this year’s event to the CEEK Metaverse. The evening’s performances will be available here
and on the CEEK VR App. The CEEK Metaverse will also feature an exclusive NFT collection in collaboration with Impact Awards in celebration of the music superstars and their fans. Founder and CEO of CEEK Mary Spio says, “The exclusive Impact Awards NFT collection enables us to engage music fans in an exciting and impactful way, while raising funds for a truly important cause.”

World-renowned musician and musical education contributor Pharrell Williams was the most recent recipient of the Impact Award stating, “This is a career highlight. To be honored for any positive impact I have created…this is what matters most.” These memorable 2019 awards also attracted notable attendees like Karolina Kurkova, Callie Herd, Cris Cab, Shane Battier, and helped to raise funds for future PCFC initiatives.

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