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We are excited to once again “host the conversation” about the role and opportunity for corporations to have a positive impact on the most pressing social issues of our time. Public-private partnerships have gone well past the days of pure philanthropy to a more strategic dialogue on how to collaborate to address poverty, illiteracy, equality, and human suffering.
Companies are also becoming more active in their support for environmental causes than some of the government functionalities of the world’s top countries.
We have partnered with top nonprofit and NGO groups for this event, including the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), Future 500 and the Council for Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy. We thank them for their ongoing support and involvement. We celebrate innovation with our Big Idea Lightning Round formats. We recognize the importance of leadership and vision once again honoring top CEOs in our Corporate Responsibility Magazine Responsible CEO of the Year reception and awards dinner.
And we celebrate the power of coming together as a community to have dialogue, debate, and camaraderie. COMMIT! Forum continues to be one of the top global conferences on corporate responsibility and, as such, is an excellent place for CR professionals, media, foundations, and NGOs to network and prioritize their agenda and have fun while learning from the top thought leaders today.
“We hope you enjoy the event as much as we enjoy hosting you and have a positive impact on the world we all share,” said Elliot H. Clark, CEO of SharedXpertise, and publishers of Corporate Responsibility Magazine.
The World Liberty TV Team was on hand to cover this two day conference, listening to and interviewing some of the best companies who engage in Corporate Responsibility.
Susan Lucci, star of “Devious Maids,” Emmy® award-winner for “All My Children,” New York Times best-selling author and entrepreneur; Tim Morehouse, Olympic Medalist, Fencing, & Founder, Fencing in the Schools; Dr. Gary A. Puckrein, President and Chief Executive Officer, National Minority Quality Forum; Ivan D. Smith, Partner, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP; and Dr. John F. Williams, President, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, were each be honored at Sports Ball with the Leadership Award. Biopharmaceutical company AstraZeneca is also being honored for their global commitment to health and well-being.
Dean Meminger, NY1 News Host and Cheryl Wills, award winning NY1 News Anchor and author, hosted the gala.
“Our 21st annual gala is a milestone occasion and we are honored to celebrate it by honoring the legacy of our founder Arthur Ashe – the late tennis champion and humanitarian,” says Ruth C. Browne, CEO of The Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health. “Like Arthur, each of our honorees is a trailblazer and they exemplify his commitment to making the world a healthier and more equitable place.”
The funds raised at Sports Ball support the Institute’s innovative community health education programs and research initiatives. Arthur Ashe founded the Institute in 1992, in partnership with SUNY Downstate Medical Center, just two months before his death from AIDS and in response to the disproportionate amount of illness and death in urban communities from preventable causes. Arthur knew that many diseases, such as diabetes and hypertension, are the result of inadequate health care delivery, late detection and insufficient health education.
Leading sponsors for Sports Ball 2015 include American Express, AstraZeneca, BNY Mellon, Healthfirst, Korn Ferry, MetLife and SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Each guest will receive a pair of Reebok sneakers compliments of the Institute. The evening includes interactive games, dinner, dancing, entertainment, an awards ceremony, and a silent auction.
World Liberty TV,Team was on hand for the 6th time in covering this wonderful gala, see what Ruth C. Browne, CEO of The Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health had to say to our World Liberty TV, Humanitarian Channel .
Public Relation was handled by the” Legendary” James Grant Public Relations, (JGPR).
The aim of our forum is to promote Qatar’s roles, and highlight the opportunities it offers through 3 main messages.
1) Qatar is emerging as political, Economic and cultural center of the Middle East, preserving the better parts of Arab tradition while racing toward the future’s knowledge-based world: because of its openness to Western technology & education, its mediations in international disputes (Doha Round); its international sporting events, e.g. , World Cup 2022; and its commitment to become a knowledge-based economy.
2) Qatar has a plan: Qatar Vision 2030 will receive unprecedented support from oil and gas wealth as it pursues its ambitions of improving the quality of life for everyone, helping create social institutions that are just & kind, protecting the environment while transforming Qatar into a knowledge-based economy.
3) Qatar has progress to report on investing on the plan with its commitment to education (education city), intellectual freedom; expanded visibility on the world’s media stage (e.g. Stars of Science, Asian games World Cup 2022); commitment to healthcare (Sidra); commitment to entrepreneurship (Enterprise Qatar).