Glasswing Celebrates Second Annual Benefit Gala!
Glasswing International celebrated its Second Annual Benefit Gala in New York City, raising close to half a million dollars for at-risk children and youth. The gala honored HanesBrands for its notable work with the organization over the past eight years. At the event, Richard A. Noll, chief executive officer of HanesBrands, announced that the company would donate $1 million to expand the Community Schools initiative in El Salvador, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic, in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
In the image above, Xitlatli Gomez, Glasswing International student, and Celina de Sola, Glasswing co-founder, present Noll with a print from Salvadoran artist Simon Vega as a symbol of gratitude for the company’s work on the Community Schools initiative.
“In these classrooms, we are not only learning communications, robotics, and English. We are learning important values such as respect, compassion, and friendship. We feel proud about who we are and what we can do,” said 14-year-old Xitlali Gomez, a ninth grader at P.S. Alberto Guerra Trigueros, as she addressed the 300-person crowd at the event. Xitlali, known for her energetic and enthusiastic personality was granted the opportunity to come to New York for the gala to thank Hanes for its work on the Community Schools initiative.
To date, more than nine public schools have benefited from the initiative with the help of thousands of Hanes volunteers. Hanes and USAID have supported Glasswing with more than $800,000 in funding to support programs in El Salvador and Honduras, providing youth with life-changing access to academically-enriching and safe afterschool activities at no cost.
The gala, which was held at Tribeca Three Sixty, included dinner, dancing, live entertainment, and an auction, as well as remarks by Noll, Celina de Sola, and Diego de Sola. Event proceeds will benefit Glasswing´s education and health programs in Latin America.