ARC Celebrates 20 Years!

View a slideshow of our favorite photos from our 20th anniversary celebration and read on to learn about this special evening for Tanzania's rainforests. You can also read about the event in The Wall Street Journal!

Photos by Sasha Moses and Liana Rasmussen. View photos with captions on Flickr.

On Wednesday, February 9th ARC held its 20th annual Artists for Africa benefit at The Prince George Ballroom in NYC. Over two-hundred guests joined ARC’s Board of Directors; Honorary Event Chair and longtime friend of ARC, Christy Turlington Burns; former Miss Tanzania and current Ford fashion model, Millen Magese; eco-activist and 2008 New Species recipient, Gloria Flora; literary giant Jay McInerney, who served as the evening’s emcee; contributing artists; and sponsors to honor Deloitte LLP UK with the 2011 New Species Award for their ongoing commitment to preserving the Eastern Arc rainforest. A newly discovered frog species – Nectophrynoides deloittei – will be named after the eco-minded company.

Guests enjoyed a lively cocktail party followed by a seated dinner, silent and live auctions featuring African themed artwork and luxury packages (it is safe to say that a few bidding wars ensued!), and were treated at the end of the evening to a traditional African drum and dance performance by the Kotchegna Dance Company.

Proceeds from the evening will support ARC’s grassroots conservation and community development projects in Tanzania’s Eastern Arc and coastal rainforests with our field partner for twenty years, the Tanzania Forest Conservation Group (TFCG). These funds are the bedrock of TFCG’s work, allowing them to leverage our support ten times over to secure millions of dollars in matching grants to conserve more than 250,000 acres of rainforest.

A huge thank you to....

Contributing Artists
William Abranowicz, Guillaume Bonn, Nick Brandt, Cyril Christo and Marie Wilkinson, Paige de Ponte, David Decker, Chris Dei, James Ferrari, Gerald Forster, Susanna Noel Jolly, Alison Jones, Chris Jordan, Carlo Mari, Wayne Maser, Raphael Mazzuco and Anthony Russell, Arthur Meyerson, Jonnie Miles, Beth O'Donnell, Liana Rasmussen, Mirella Ricciardi, Matthew McMullen Smith, Fisher Stevens, Spencer Tunick, and Joe Zammit-Lucia (Learn more about our contributing artists)

Alex and Ani, Cadogan Tate, Coastal Aviation, Dogfish Head, Frederick Wildman and Sons, Earth 3.0, Eat My Chocolate, Equal Exchange, Ferrarelle, Gardenia Organic, Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, and Selous Safari Company

Supporting Sponsors
2byrch, Ajune Spa, Bioto Designs, Carol Fonde, Disco Noir, Green Mountain Coffee, Jean Lee Yamner, Lisa Shaub, LOOP Organic Linens, Louise Fisher Cozzi, Lumiere LLC, Sheila Rooney/Shemaro Inc. Hong Kong, Tribeca Film Festival, Vella Mode, and YogaWorks

We’ll be celebrating ARC’s 20th anniversary all year long! Stay tuned for information about upcoming events, campaigns, and other ways you can get involved. We are so excited to share this special milestone with you.

Follow ARC on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news. And be sure to check out our YouTube channel in the coming weeks for video highlights from the event (and you can watch our video from the field if you haven't already viewed it...or if you would like to view it again!).