The Arsenal Foundation’s flagship annual fundraiser, A Night To Inspire, raised an incredible total of £442,734 at Emirates Stadium on Thursday evening.
The players and manager came together to donate £100,000, while Mesut Ozil pledged a further £30,000 to win an exclusive Rolex ‘Invincibles’ watch made in collaboration with Thierry Henry.
On a special night at the Emirates, guests enjoyed dinner designed by Raymond Blanc and a performance from Arsenal fan Roger Daltrey. Holly Willoughby hosted.
Thanks to everyone who attended the night, many thousands more children will be reached by programmes that use the Arsenal name to inspire and support.
A special auction lot raised funds for a pioneering new coaching programme with Save the Children in the Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan, and Indonesia. The project will bring together Save the Children’s humanitarian expertise with Arsenal in the Community’s decades of coaching experience in north London, to help children cope with life in some of the toughest places in the world.
Funds were also raised to help The Arsenal Foundation continue its support for a wide range of local initiatives – from helping to refurbish football pitches in north London to backing sports, arts and community projects close to Emirates Stadium.
The Foundation will also continue its support for Arsenal Legend Bob Wilson’s Willow, which provides special days for seriously ill young adults and youth homeless charity Centrepoint.
What brings the diverse work of The Arsenal Foundation’s local and global giving together is the belief that with the right support, young people can thrive.
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