Inaugural Gala raises more than half a million for education and health programs

Published on 12 May, 2017 by Glasswing

Glasswing International celebrated its inaugural gala in New York City, raising more than half a million dollars for Central American children and youth.

The funds will be used to implement and further develop social impact programs in order to propel their growth.During the gala, Glasswing honored Roberto Kriete, Latin American aviation pioneer, business visionary, and member of the Board of Directors at Avianca Holdings, for his leadership and inspiration, as well as for his valuable contribution to the economic growth and his socially responsible approach to doing business in the region.

Glasswing’s founders Ken Baker, Diego and Celina de Sola were in attendance. “Fundraising is a very important part of what we do at Glasswing; with the money raised we are able to help boys and girls improve their quality of life by remodeling schools for them, funding after-school programs for them, and implementing community health projects,” said Celina de Sola, VP of Programs.

Since Glasswing’s formation in 2007, the organization has counted on highly committed partners who are dedicated to the cause of Central American development. One of the most important partnerships has been with Roberto Kriete, co-founder and director of Avianca Holdings. Kriete’s support has been vital to the organization from the beginning. “I’m proud to have been honored at the Glasswing gala. I have believed in the organization since the beginning – in its objectives, its projects, and its team. I’m thrilled to see the impact they have had in the region during the last eight years,” he said.

Noteworthy guests in attendence were JR Martinez, motivational speaker of Salvadoran descent; Ruben I. Zamora, Permanent Representative of El Salvador for the UN and ex ambassador in the US; and Fernando Palomo, ESPN Sports commentator.

During its tenure, Glasswing International has positively impacted the lives of more than 600,000 Central Americans, thanks to community health programs, emergency and medical response training, extracurricular programs, and the improvement of public schools.
Glasswing was invited to join the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) and given special constulative status by the United Nations (UN) earlier this year.