World AIDS



Tuesday November 30, 2021
6 - 10pm EST

Ziegfeld Ballroom | 141 W 54th Street, New York, NY 10019

Menu curated by Marcus Samuelsson in support of Grassroot Soccer.

About The Event

Grassroot Soccer’s Seventh Annual World AIDS Day Gala is coming to New York City! 


Join us for an unforgettable night of philanthropy and community as we raise funds to ensure that adolescents in Africa aren’t left isolated, left out, or left behind. 


This highly anticipated annual event brings together a diverse group of high-profile individuals from the worlds of sport, entertainment, and global health, raising $1 million each year to directly support Grassroot Soccer’s life-saving work with young people across the globe. 


The health and safety of all guests and staff is our top priority. Grassroot Soccer’s World AIDS Day Gala is subject to the COVID-19 health and safety guidelines of New York City and the Ziegfeld Ballroom. All guests will be required to show proof of full vaccination. Grassroot Soccer is closely monitoring all health and safety developments and will be communicating with all guests in advance of the event.


About Grassroot Soccer

Grassroot Soccer (GRS) is an adolescent health organization that leverages the power of soccer to educate, inspire, and mobilize youth in developing countries to overcome their greatest health challenges, live healthier, more productive lives, and be agents for change in their communities.


Founded in 2002 by four professional soccer players who had all played together in Zimbabwe, GRS is changing the game in adolescent health by empowering adolescents to make educated choices about their most pressing health challenges, such as HIV/AIDS, mental health, sexual and reproductive health and rights, COVID-19, gender-based violence, and malaria.


GRS’s evidence-based SKILLZ programs, led by trained local Coaches, incorporate soccer and fun into interactive and dynamic activities about health and wellness that engage young people and break down stigma and cultural barriers.


GRS works with affiliate sites in South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe and has also partnered with organizations in more than 60 countries. With proven results and a consistent focus on research and innovation, GRS programs have reached more than 13 million young people, building their assets (health knowledge and the confidence to use it), improving their access to high-quality health services, and increasing their adherence to crucial treatments and healthy behaviors.

Gala Committee

  • Fiona FergusonHonorary Chair
  • Jonathan KleinHonorary Chair
  • Christen PressCo-Chair
  • Gordon SingerCo-Chair
  • Erin SummeCo-Chair
  • Dave & Fiona Cormack
  • Kellan Florio
  • Hillary Ford
  • Dave Gallagher
  • Ben Jordan
  • Matt and Sabrina LeBlanc
  • Kevin Rothstein
  • Jessie Schuster
  • Dustin & Anastassiya Seale
  • Enzo Scarcella
  • Lisa and Scott Stuart
  • Ali Torabi
  • Ethan Zohn

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