Laureus Charity Night 2012

Laureus guests donate CHF 444’000 for disadvantaged children in Switzerland

Date — 12 November, 2012

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Solidarity with disadvantaged children in Switzerland: the sixth Laureus Charity Night was held under this slogan yesterday. 17 Laureus Ambassadors accepted on behalf of the Foundation a donation cheque for the record amount of CHF 444’000. International sports stars such as US swimming legend Mark Spitz, Rumanian athletics icon Nadia Comaneci, Boris Becker, Marcel Desailly and Edwin Moses, together with distinguished personalities from the cultural and business worlds gathered yesterday in the hangar of the Dübendorf Air Force Centre, to raise money for the Laureus Foundation Switzerland.

Around 600 guests from sporting, business and political circles shared the Laureus credo: sport has the power to change the world. With their generous commitment a record donation amount of CHF 444’000 was collected, which will go in full towards the Foundation’s projects. The family of Laureus Ambassadors was also well represented: national football coach Ottmar Hitzfeld, Olympic winners Nicola Spirig and Edith Hunkeler-Wolf and professional cyclist Fabian Cancellara enjoyed the festive mood. The gala night’s special guest was British soul queen, Lisa Stansfield, who received standing ovations for her mega hits “All Around The World” and “Change”.

Going, Going, Gone!
With great charm and humour, TV presenter Rainer Maria Salzgeber, ably assisted by Gian Simmen and Kathrin Lehmann, hosted the benefit auction with great enthusiasm. Among others, the prizes at the auction included a trip to the 2013 Laureus World Sports Awards in Rio, a sailing cruise with explorer and adventurer Mike Horn, a passenger’s seat in the Mille Miglia, three starting tickets for the Tortour 2013 and a unique timepiece from IWC Schaffhausen. The IWC Spitfire Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month Laureus Charity Night Edition was sold for CHF 140 000.

Rolf Theiler Becomes New Foundation President
Yesterday’s Laureus Charity Night also witnessed an important change. Urs Lehmenn handed over his office as Foundation President to Rolf Theiler. “I have enjoyed many wonderful and interesting years as Foundation President. However now it’s time to hand over the sceptre”, said Lehmann somewhat sadly in his reply to Chairman Edwin Moses’ farewell speech. Mercedes-CSI co-organizer Rolf Theiler was pleased with his new office: “I am highly motivated and very happy about this new challenge. That such a large amount was collected for our projects is the perfect kick-off”. Laureus General Manager, Evelyn Fankhauser, was also very pleased with the donors’ generosity: “The number of guests and the record donations level speak for themselves. Sport has an important social and commercial significance and I am very pleased that disadvantaged children in Switzerland are receiving this attention.”

Pascale Bruderer: New Patron Of Laureus Girls In Sport
Member of the Aargau Upper Chamber, Pascale Bruderer Wyss, yesterday officially became patron of the Laureus Girls In Sport Program. “The problem of the lack of physical activity among girls during puberty is well-known in specialist circles. The Program makes girls happy to exercise and provides them with a greater awareness of their own bodies. Just what is needed”, says Pascale Bruderer. In the context of the benefit event, yesterday for the first time, the Laureus Girls in Sport award was presented under the patronage of Sport Heart. This award recognizes projects, whose prime objective is the support of girls and young women in sport.

IWC Spitfire Perpetual Calendar
Digital Date-Month Laureus
Charity Night Edition

A unique platinum watch donated by IWC Schaffhausen. This iconic timepiece combines a tasteful design with the highest watchmaking craftsmanship and shows both the date and the month in digital form.

The watch face in powerful Laureus blue will identify its owner as the bearer of a friendly message. The open case back shows the rotor as an elegant Spitfire silhouette, as well as the engraving “Laureus Charity Night Zurich 2012” and the limited edition number “1/1”.

Brief Portrait Of The Laureus Foundation Switzerland
The Laureus Foundation Switzerland helps disadvantaged children and young people in Switzerland, to cope with the ever increasing challenges and inevitable social changes in modern society. Its focus is on the promotion of social integration, movement and personal development. The Foundation’s target groups are physically disabled and socially disadvantaged children and young people. Laureus believes in the power of sport, and sees sport as the ideal vehicle for its foundation work. The following projects are managed by the Laureus Foundation: Laureus Girls in Sport, Laureus Cavallo, Laureus Metro Sports By Blindspot and Laureus Street Soccer by Infoklick.ch.

IWC is proud to be associated with The Laureus Foundation, and is looking forward to another wonderful year.

IWC is a founding partner of the Laureus Foundation Switzerland

To establish the guiding principles of the Laureus Sport For Good Foundation in Switzerland, IWC Schaffhausen teamed up with Mercedes-Benz Switzerland.

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