World AIDS



Tuesday November 30, 2021
6 - 10pm EST

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

Menu curated by Marcus Samuelsson
Exclusive performance by South African DJ Duo Goldfish

Attire: Cocktail

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. 


Attire for the evening: Cocktail


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. In addition to showing proof of full vaccination, all attendees who have traveled internationally within the last 7 days will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test taken the day of the event, Tuesday, November 30.  

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.


GRS was founded in 2002 by Dr. Tommy Clark and teammates Kirk Friedrich, Ethan Zohn, and Methembe Ndlovu, who witnessed the devastating effects of HIV while playing professional soccer together in Zimbabwe. After watching friends die of AIDS, Tommy and his teammates recognized that soccer — a positive force in the community — could be used to engage adolescents to stop the spread of HIV. In its almost 20-year evolution, GRS is changing the game across adolescent health by empowering young people 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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