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2014 CHARITY BENEFITS 

Emerging Market Benefit NYC 2014: Turning immediately to this year’s event, which will be held on Thursday, December 4, 2014, the EMCB Planning Committee has begun the charity selection process.  The Committee held an initial meeting on May 13, 2014 to narrow a list of beneficiaries; a final selection of 2014 EMCB event beneficiaries will be made in June 2014.

Invitations to the 2014 Charity Benefit will be sent to all EMTA members shortly.  In addition, the Committee welcomes donations of auction items.

The Planning Committee continues to welcome new members, and is open to all members of the EM debt trading community.  Please contact Jonathan Murno of EMTA at jmurno@emta.org if you are interested in joining the Committee.

 



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 2013 Charity Benefits 

Emerging Market Benefit NYC Distributes Over $525,000 and Selects 2014 Charities 
 

The Emerging Markets Charity Benefit (EMCB) Planning Committee has begun distributing checks totaling over $525,000 to six EM charities, representing the profits from last year’s annual event in New York City.  The event was held on December 4, 2013 at The Park in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood.  500 members of the EM community attended to raise funds for charities in Emerging Markets countries.

Funds raised from the Gala industry event are to be distributed to The Afya Foundation, The Children of Peru Foundation, Containers 2 Clinics, The Orphaned Starfish Foundation, Shared Interest and World Fund.  The proceeds will be used, among other purposes, to provide health and education projects.

For the tenth consecutive year, MarketAxess also sponsored the Benefit with proceeds from its annual Charity Trading Day.  MarketAxess’ Annual Charity Trading Day has raised over $800,000 for the annual New York and London Charity Balls since its inception in 2004.

Turning immediately to this year’s event, which will be held on Thursday, December 4, 2014, the EMCB Planning Committee has begun the charity selection process.  The Committee held an initial meeting on May 13, 2014 to narrow a list of beneficiaries; a final selection of 2014 EMCB event beneficiaries will be made in June 2014.

Invitations to the 2014 Charity Benefit will be sent to all EMTA members shortly.  In addition, the Committee welcomes donations of auction items.

The Planning Committee continues to welcome new members, and is open to all members of the EM debt trading community.  Please contact Jonathan Murno of EMTA at jmurno@emta.org if you are interested in joining the Committee.

Congressman Joe Crowley Surprise Guest at Emerging Market Benefit in NYC

Electronic trading provider MarketAxess is sponsoring Benefit for the tenth year, by donating proceeds from its Annual Charity Trading Day.  The 2013 MarketAxess Charity Trading Day was held on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 and raised over $100,000 for EM charities.

Those who were super observant at this year’s annual EM Charity Benefit (EMCB) might have noticed a familiar face jamming with band Hot Lava.  Congressman Joe Crowley of New York’s 14th Congressional district was the evening’s unannounced and surprise guest, joining the band for a couple of numbers.

This year’s event took place at hip downtown venue The Park and immediately followed the EMTA Annual Meeting.  Organizers of the event have since announced that over $500,000 was raised for EM health and education projects.

Electronic trading provider MarketAxess sponsored the Benefit for the tenth consecutive year, donating proceeds from its Annual Charity Trading Day.  The 2013 MarketAxess Charity Trading Day was held on Wednesday, September 18, 2013, and raised over $100,000 for EM charities.

Members of the EM community supported the event by purchasing tables, as well as raffle tickets, and by participating in a silent auction, where prizes included trips to Uruguay and El Salvador, golf outings, wine tastings and more.

Planning committee members interviewed and evaluated a number of nominated charities, and selected six organizations as the evening’s beneficiaries:

The Planning Committee thanks the EM community for its support.  Please contact Jonathan Murno of EMTA at jmurno@emta.org if you are interested in either nominating a potential beneficiary for 2014, or joining the Planning Committee. 

London Ball Raises £300,000 for EM Charities 
 

Organizers of the October 3, 2013 EM industry charity ball “Fiesta! Fiesta! Fiesta!” have announced that over £300,000 (US$510,000) was raised for health and education projects in emerging countries.  The sold-out event was held at the historic event space The Brewery in central London.

Proceeds from the 2013 event will benefit:

 

  • Children of the Andes, which supports street children in Colombia;
  • Cotlands, which provides support for children affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic in South Africa;
  • EMpower, a grant-making foundation which connects the Emerging Markets community with innovative grassroots organizations enabling young people to lead healthy, productive lives;
  • Facing the World, which provides life-changing craniofacial surgery to some of the world’s most disadvantaged and vulnerable children; and
  • Health Poverty Action, which provides basic health care to rural communities around the globe.
     

The black-tie event featured a champagne reception, a seated dinner, a live performance by the Electric Boogie Band--and an impromptu salsa display by several EM market participants—and a dj.  In addition, TV personality Jonny Gould returned as the evening’s live auctioneer, raising over £50,000 from enthusiastic bidders.  Live and silent auction prizes included a week stay at a farm outside of Buenos Aires for 20; a day working with a Michelin-starred kitchen in Reading; 3 days of sailing on a fully-crewed yacht in the Aegean; holiday stays in Sardinia, South Africa, Laos, Uruguay, Panama and the Caribbean; a red carpet screening of a major Hollywood film starring George Clooney, Bill Murray and Matt Damon; and more.

This event was made possible by the generous support of MarketAxess and TPCG Group.

The organizing committee will soon begin work on the 2014 London benefit.  Anyone in the EM debt community who would like to become involved in planning the event, or in nominating a beneficiary, please contact Clare Turnbull of Nomura at clare.turnbull@nomura.com, or Jonathan Murno of EMTA at jmurno@emta.org.

 

 "Fiesta! Fiesta!  Fiesta!” London Charity Ball Sells Out 

The trustees of the annual industry charity benefit in London have thanked the EM community for their strong support, as the event has sold out once again.  “Fiesta!  Fiesta!  Fiesta!” will be held on Thursday October 3, 2013, at the historic Brewery on Chiswell Street in central London.

This event is being made possible by the generous support by MarketAxess and TPCG Group. The EM Ball London has distributed over GBP 3 million since 2004 to organizations working to improve health and education in emerging countries.  Proceeds from the 2013 event will benefit:

  • Children of the Andes, which supports street children in Colombia;
  • Cotlands, which provides support for children affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic in South Africa;
  • EMpower, a grant-making foundation which connects the Emerging Markets community with innovative grassroots organizations enabling young people to lead healthy, productive lives;
  • Facing the World, which provides life-changing craniofacial surgery to some of the world’s most disadvantaged and vulnerable children; and
  • Health Poverty Action, which provides basic health care to rural communities around the globe.

The Ball is a black-tie event, featuring a champagne reception, a seated dinner, and a live band.  Organizers have announced that the live band will now play an additional hour, until 1:30 am!

A live and silent auction will also be held.  Auction prizes include a week stay at a farm outside of Buenos Aires that sleeps 20; a day working with a Michelin-starred kitchen in Reading; 3 days of sailing on a fully-crewed yacht in the Aegean; holiday homes in Sardinia and Uruguay; a private pre-release screening of a major Hollywood film; and much more.

For further information please contact Clare Turnbull of Nomura at clare.turnbull@nomura.com, or Jonathan Murno of EMTA at jmurno@emta.org; or check the ball’s website at www.emball.net.
 

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 2012 Charity Benefits 

Emerging Markets Benefit in NYC Raises over $500,000 
 

The EM industry’s annual charity ball raised over $500,000 for health and education projects in emerging countries at its December 6, 2012 cocktail event. The Benefit, which brought together 500 EM market participants, was held at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in midtown Manhattan, and immediately followed the EMTA Annual Meeting.

For the eighth consecutive year, MarketAxess sponsored the Benefit with proceeds from its annual Charity Trading Day. MarketAxess’ Annual Charity Trading Day has raised over $500,000 for the annual New York and London Charity Balls since its inception in 2004.

In addition, the Seed Capital Foundation provided a $35,000 matching grant for all donations made on the night and for an additional period following the event.


The Planning Committee selected seven beneficiaries for the evening, and at press time, funds were being disbursed to:

  • Children of Peru Foundation, which makes grants to selected not-for-profit organizations to provide better healthcare and education for disadvantaged children in Peru www.childrenofperu.org;
  • Containers 2 Clinics, which provides containerized maternal and child health clinics in Haiti and Namibia to provide long-term, sustainable health service www.containers2clinics.org;
  • NESST, which provides financial and capacity-building support to social enterprises in Central Europe and Latin America www.nesst.org;
  • Orphaned Starfish Foundation, which works with orphans and disadvantaged children throughout Latin America and Ethiopia www.orphanedstarfish.com 
  • Shared Interest, which mobilizes resources for South Africa’s economically disenfranchised communities to sustain themselves www.sharedinterest.org. 
  • Sri Lanka Care Foundation, which rebuilds and restores homes lost and damaged by the Asian Tsunami www.srilankacare.org and
  • WorldFund, which promotes education in Latin America www.worldfund.org.

The event included a silent auction of holiday stays in El Salvador, Uruguay and Argentina, as well as tickets to sporting events, opera and Broadway shows, fine wine, designer clothing and gym memberships, among other prizes.

Members of the EM community also contributed to the evening’s fundraising by participating in a raffle. Prizes included a week in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, fine wine, Dom Perignon champagne and dinner at Bobo restaurant.

The Planning Committee welcomes new members, and is open to all members of the EM debt trading community. Please contact Jonathan Murno of EMTA at jmurno@emta.org for more information on joining the committee as it begins work on the 2013 event.

“Night of the Dragon,” London Charity Ball Raises Funds for EM Charities 
 

The annual EM charity ball in London raised over GBP 250,000 for non-profit groups working to improve health and education in emerging countries. The event, “Night of the Dragon,” was held on Friday, September 21, 2012 at the Grosvenor House Hotel in central London. Since 2004, this event has raised over GBP 2.6 million for EM charities.

This event was made possible by the generous support of BGC Partners. Additional support was provided by MarketAxess and TPCG Group.

Proceeds from “Night of the Dragon” will soon be disbursed to:

  • Children of the Andes, www.childrenoftheandes.org, which supports street children in Colombia;
  • Cotlands, www.cotlands.org, which provides support for children affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic in South Africa;
  • Downside Up, www.downsideup.org, which provides support and education for children in Russia with Downs Syndrome;
  • EMpower, www.empowerweb.org,a grant-making foundation which connects the Emerging Markets community with innovative grassroots organizations enabling young people to lead healthy, productive lives; and
  • Health Poverty Action, www.healthunlimited.org, which provides basic health care to rural communities around the globe.

Guests were welcomed by an army of 99 terra cotta warriors. The black-tie event also featured a champagne reception, a seated dinner, traditional Chinese dancers with a dragon, and a live band. A live and silent auction were held, with market participants bidding for the use of a private plane for a day trip to Northern France; an exclusive preview for 70 to see the Liam Neeson thriller “Taken 2” before its general release; the opportunity to record a track at the home studio of Roxy Music’s lead guitarist Phil Manzanera; holiday homes in Sardinia, Spain, St. Vincent, Argentina and Uruguay; 15 seats to Andre Bocelli’s 02 concert; sailing on the Aegean on a fully-crewed yacht; and dinner with the FT’s Martin Wolf.

During his remarks to the crowd, EMTA’s Jonathan Murno spoke of his short visit to a project in Laos funded by the EM Ball. Photos showing Lao children receiving basic healthcare were also projected.

The committee continues to welcome new members interested in planning the 2013 event. For further information please contact Clare Turnbull of Nomura at clare.turnbull@nomura.com, Seniha Omer at JPMorgan at seniha.c.omer@jpmorgan.com or Jonathan Murno of EMTA at jmurno@emta.org.

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 2011 Charity Benefits 
   Emerging Market Benefit NYC Distributes Over $585,000 and Selects 2012 Charities

The Emerging Markets Charity Benefit (EMCB) Planning Committee has distributed checks totaling over $585,000 to five EM charities, representing the profits from last year’s annual event in New York City.  Organizers noted that proceeds from the 2011 event surpassed the $525,000 raised in 2010 and $407,000 from 2009.

Funds raised from the industry charity event were distributed to NESST, Orphaned Starfish Foundation, Shared Interest, Sri Lanka Care Foundation and Trickle Up.  The proceeds will be used, among other purposes, to provide health and education projects in a wide range of emerging countries.

VTB Capital sponsored the 2011 EM Charity Ball.  For the eighth consecutive year, MarketAxess also sponsored the event with proceeds from its annual Charity Trading Day.  MarketAxess’ Annual Charity Trading Day has raised over $500,000 for the annual New York and London Charity Balls since its inception in 2004.

Turning immediately to this year’s event, the EMCB Planning Committee has begun the charity selection process for this year’s event, which will be held on Thursday, December 6, 2012.  After carefully reviewing candidates’ financial statements, annual reports and proposals, at meetings in May 2012, the committee selected nine semi-final beneficiaries: Agora Partnerships, Children of Peru, Containers to Clinics, EMPower, NESsT, Orphaned Starfish, Shared Interest, Sri Lanka Care Foundation, and Worldfund.

Invitations to buy tickets will be sent to all EMTA members shortly.  In addition, the committee welcomes donations of auction items.

The Planning Committee continues to welcome new members, and is open to all members of the EM debt trading community.  Please contact Jonathan Murno of EMTA at jmurno@emta.org if you are interested in joining the committee.

  

2011 Emerging Markets Benefit in New York Breaks Fundraising Record 

The 2011 Emerging Markets Charity Benefit (EMCB) was a rousing success, raising nearly $600,000 for our non-profit beneficiaries and breaking all previous EMCB fundraising records.  The annual event returned to the Marriott Marquis Hotel in midtown Manhattan on December 1, immediately following EMTA’s Annual Meeting.  Over 500 EM professionals attended the 2011 event, making it one of the largest gatherings of EM market participants annually in New York City.

VTB Capital sponsored the event, and EMCB members salute VTB for its leadership role in the 2011 event.  MarketAxess’ Annual Charity Trading Day in September raised $35,000 in additional support.  Now in its eighth year, MarketAxess’ Annual Charity Trading Day has raised over $500,000 for non-profit organizations since its inception in 2004!

The funds raised at the benefit will be distributed to five charities, all of which are doing important work in EM countries all over the world.  The Planning Committee selected the five beneficiaries for the 2011 gala after reviewing the financial statements and other materials submitted by a long list of nominees, as well as final interviews.  The 2011 beneficiaries were: 

  • NESsT, which provides financial and capacity-building support to social enterprises in Central Europe and Latin America www.nesst.org;
  • Orphaned Starfish Foundation, which works with orphans and disadvantaged children throughout Latin America and Ethiopia www.orphanedstarfish.com;
  • Shared Interest, which mobilizes resources for South Africa’s economically disenfranchised communities to sustain themselves www.sharedinterest.org;
  • Sri Lanka Care Foundation, which rebuilds and restores homes lost and damaged by the Asian Tsunami www.srilankacare.org; and
  • Trickle Up, which works to alleviate poverty by providing seed capital for people in EM countries to start small businesses www.trickleup.org.

In addition to an open bar and buffet dinner, the event included a silent auction.  Prizes included use of a vacation home in Punta del Este, Uruguay; a ride in a Cessna 177 Cardinal airplane; a meeting with Matthew Bishop, American Business Editor and New York Bureau Chief of The Economist; golf outings; fine wines; collector prints and photographs; a private tour at the Rubin Museum; a visit to the Bloomberg TV studio; sailing excursions; tickets to Yankees games and Broadway; a spa treatment; and collector item bonds.

The event also featured three wonderful raffle prizes, all won by members of the EM community.  Harry Wool of Gleacher & Company won a week at a condo in Playa del Carmen, Mexico; Manfred Wolf of Unicredit Bank AG received a $250 gift certificate to Nick & Toni’s Restaurant; and a bottle of Dom Perignon champagne went to Pat Kelly of Standard Bank NY.

Thank you to everyone for another successful year!  If you are interested in getting more involved, the EMCB Planning Committee welcomes new members, and is open to all members of the EM debt trading and investment community.  Please contact Jonathan Murno of EMTA at jmurno@emta.org if you are interested in joining the committee.

  

Emerging Markets Benefit in New York Set for December 1, 2011

As EMTA’s Bulletin went to press, members of the Planning Committee for the Emerging Markets Charity Benefit (EMCB) were working on the final touches for the annual fundraising event.  The benefit will return to the Marriott Marquis Hotel in midtown Manhattan (45th and Broadway) on December 1, 2011, immediately following EMTA’s Annual Meeting.

VTB Capital will sponsor the event.  Additional support is being provided by MarketAxess’ Eighth Annual Charity Trading Day.

Last year’s benefit raised over $525,000, which was distributed to five EM charities.  Over 500 EM professionals are expected to attend the 2011 event, making it one of the largest gatherings of EM market participants annually in New York City.

The Planning Committee selected five beneficiaries for this year’s gala after reviewing the financial statements and other materials submitted by a long list of nominees, as well as final interviews.  The 2011 beneficiaries are:

  • NESST, which provides financial and capacity-building support to social enterprises in Central Europe and Latin America www.nesst.org
  • Orphaned Starfish Foundation, which works with orphans and disadvantaged children throughout Latin America and Ethiopia www.orphanedstarfish.com;
  • Shared Interest, which mobilizes resources for South Africa’s economically disenfranchised communities to sustain themselves www.sharedinterest.org;
  • Sri Lanka Care Foundation, which rebuilds and restores homes lost and damaged by the Asian Tsunami www.srilankacare.org; and
  • Trickle Up, which works to alleviate poverty by providing seed capital for people in EM countries to start small businesses www.trickleup.org.

In addition to an open bar and buffet dinner, the event will include a silent auction.  Prizes include use of a vacation home in Punta del Este, Uruguay; golf outings; fine wines; a visit to the Bloomberg TV studio; sailing excursions; tickets to Yankees games and Broadway; and collector item bonds.

Members of the EM community may also purchase raffle tickets.  The lucky winner will win a week at a condo in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.  Other raffle prizes include a $250 gift certificate to Nick & Toni’s Restaurant, and a bottle of Dom Perignon champagne.

The Planning Committee also welcomes new members, and is open to all members of the EM debt trading and investment community.  Please contact Jonathan Murno of EMTA at jmurno@emta.org if you are interested in joining the committee.

As EMTA’s Bulletin went to press, members of the Planning Committee for the Emerging Markets Charity Benefit (EMCB) were working on the final touches for the annual fundraising event.The benefit will return to the Marriott Marquis Hotel in midtown Manhattan (45th and Broadway) on December 1, 2011, immediately following EMTA’s Annual Meeting.VTB Capital will sponsor the event.Additional support is being provided by MarketAxess’ Eighth Annual Charity Trading Day.Last year’s benefit raised over $525,000, which was distributed to five EM charities.Over 500 EM professionals are expected to attend the 2011 event, making it one of the largest gatherings of EM market participants annually in New York City.The Planning Committee selected five beneficiaries for this year’s gala after reviewing the financial statements and other materials submitted by a long list of nominees, as well as final interviews.The 2011 beneficiaries are:, which provides financial and capacity-building support to social enterprises in Central Europe and Latin America ; , which works with orphans and disadvantaged children throughout Latin America and Ethiopia ;, which mobilizes resources for South Africa’s economically disenfranchised communities to sustain themselves ;, which rebuilds and restores homes lost and damaged by the Asian Tsunami ; and, which works to alleviate poverty by providing seed capital for people in EM countries to start small businesses .In addition to an open bar and buffet dinner, the event will include a silent auction.Prizes include use of a vacation home in Punta del Este, Uruguay; golf outings; fine wines; a visit to the Bloomberg TV studio; sailing excursions; tickets to Yankees games and Broadway; and collector item bonds.Members of the EM community may also purchase raffle tickets.The lucky winner will win a week at a condo in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.Other raffle prizes include a $250 gift certificate to Nick & Toni’s Restaurant, and a bottle of Dom Perignon champagne.The Planning Committee also welcomes new members, and is open to all members of the EM debt trading and investment community.Please contact Jonathan Murno of EMTA at if you are interested in joining the committee.
 
 

EM London Ball Raises Funds for EM Charities

Over 1000 market participants joined together to raise funds for EM charities at the annual Emerging Markets Ball in London.  The event, “Black and Gold,” was held on Friday, September 30,  2011, at the Grosvenor House Hotel.

This event was made possible by the generous support of BGC Partners.  Additional support for the event was provided by MarketAxess, TPCG Group Argentina and Uruguay, and White & Case.

Since 2004, the charity gala has distributed over GBP 2 million to non-profit organizations working to improve health and education in emerging countries.  Beneficiaries of the 2011 event are:

  • Afghan Connection, www.afghanconnection.org, which provides health and education for children in Afghanistan;
  • Children of the Andes, www.childrenoftheandes.org, which supports street children in Colombia;
  • Cotlands, www.cotlands.org, which provides support for children affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic in South Africa; 
  • Downside Up, www.downsideup.org, which provides support and education for children in Russia with Downs Syndrome;
  • EMpower, www.empowerweb.org, a grant-making foundation which connects the Emerging Markets community with innovative grassroots organizations enabling young people to lead healthy, productive lives; and
  • Health Poverty Action, www.healthunlimited.org, which provides basic health care to rural communities around the globe.

The black-tie event included a champagne reception and seated dinner, a dj set from the It Girls and other entertainment, including a lucky dip and a dress-up photo booth.  Channel Five sportscaster Johnny Gould returned as the event’s Master of Ceremonies, ensuring no attendee left unoffended, while live music provided by The Rare Collective had the dance floor packed as it ran through covers of recent hits.

A live and silent auction were also held.  Top-selling items included three days’ use of a fully-crewed yacht sailing around the Aegean; the opportunity to record a track at the home studio of Roxy Music’s lead guitarist Phil Manzanera; and a two week holiday stay in St. Vincents.  In addition, other popular items included a tour of the House of Lords and tea with Speaker of the House Baroness D’Souza; holiday homes on four continents; a box of seats to the ATP Tennis World Tennis Finals and Disney’s Fantasy on Ice; dinners with the FT’s Martin Wolf and John Authers; and a meet-and-greet with actor Ralph Fiennes; and more.

Following the event, EMTA’s Jonathan Murno visited several villages in Laos which have benefited from the Ball’s donations to Health Poverty Action.  Murno observed a community health day, and initiatives to promote food security in difficult-to-reach minority communities.

The event’s co-chairs Elaine Skinner-Reid (RBC), Clare Turnbull (Nomura), Mike Cook and EMTA’s Murno thank the London EM community for their support.  They also wish to thank Seniha Omer (JPMorgan), as well as Milly Sutton and Grant Glazebrook (White & Case), for their hard work on the event.

The Committee continues to welcome new sponsors and to speak with those interested in volunteering to help with the 2012 event.  Please contact Jonathan Murno at jmurno@emta.org.  For more information, visit the event website at www.emball.net
 

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 2010 Charity Benefits 
  Emerging Markets Benefit NYC Distributes Over $525,000 and Selects 2011 Charities

The Emerging Markets Charity Benefit (EMCB) Planning Committee has begun distributing checks totaling over $525,000 to five EM charities, representing the profits from last December’s annual event in New York City.  Organizers noted that the 2010 event raised more funds than the previous year, which distributed $407,000 to EM charities.

Funds raised from the event were distributed to Empower, Fonkoze, NESST, Orphaned Starfish Foundation and WorldFund.  The proceeds will be used, among other purposes, to provide health and education projects in a wide range of Emerging Markets countries.

Turning immediately to this year’s event, the EMCB Planning Committee also held meetings in May and June 2011 to decide on beneficiaries for this year’s event, which is slated for Thursday, December 1, 2011.  After carefully reviewing financial statements, annual reports and proposals, the Committee selected 5 final beneficiaries:

  • NESST, which provides financial and capacity-building support to social enterprises in Central Europe and Latin America www.nesst.org;
  • Orphaned Starfish Foundation, which works with orphans and disadvantaged children throughout Latin America and Ethiopia www.orphanedstarfish.com;
  • Shared Interest, which mobilizes resources for South Africa’s economically disenfranchised communities to sustain themselves www.sharedinterest.org;
  • Sri Lanka Care Foundation, which rebuilds and restores homes lost and damaged by the Asian Tsunami www.srilankacare.org; and
  • Trickle Up, which works to alleviate poverty by providing seed capital for people in EM countries to start small businesses www.trickleup.org.

Invitations to buy tickets will be sent to all EMTA members shortly.  In addition, the Committee welcomes donations of auction items.

The Planning Committee continues to welcome new members, and is open to all members of the EM debt trading community.  Please contact Jonathan Murno of EMTA at jmurno@emta.org if you are interested in joining the Committee.

  2010 Emerging Market Benefit NYC Raises $500,000 for EM Charities

Organizers of the Emerging Markets Charity Benefit (EMCB) Planning Committee announced that the 2010 gala raised $500,000 for five beneficiary charities working to improve health and education in emerging countries. EMCB organizers noted that the 2010 event raised nearly $100,000 more than the 2009 event, while still maintaining an exceptionally low expense ratio of approximately 20%.

The event was held on Thursday, December 2, 2010 immediately following EMTA’s Annual Meeting, and was held at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Times Square. Over 550 EM industry professionals attended.

Silent auction prizes included use of holiday homes in Argentina, Belize, Sun Valley and Maine. Golf outings, theatre, opera and concert tickets, fine wine, jewelry, designer fashions, and a private air tour were also auctioned off to raise funds for our very deserving beneficiary charities.

The event also included a raffle with the top prize of a week’s stay in a condo in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Finally, EMCB gratefully received almost $40,000 as its share of the Charity Trading Day, held in September 2010, generously donated by MarketAxess.

The five beneficiaries receiving funds from the 2010 event are:

  • Empower, which connects the Emerging Markets community with local organizations providing tools and resources to enable at-risk young people to lead healthy and productive lives (www.empowerweb.org);
  • Fonkoze, which offers micro-finance services aimed at improving the economic and social conditions in Haiti (www.fonkoze.org);
  • NESST, which provides financial and capacity-building support to social enterprises in Central Europe and Latin America (www.nesst.org);
  • Orphaned Starfish Foundation, which works with orphans and disadvantaged children throughout Latin America (www.orphanedstarfish.org); and
  • WorldFund, which promotes education in Latin America (www.worldfund.org).The EMCB Planning Committee continues to welcome new committee members, and will soon begin work on the 2011 event (scheduled for December 1, 2011).

Nominations for 2011 beneficiaries may also be made at this time. Please contact Jonathan Murno of EMTA at jmurno@emta.org for more information.

  2010 London Charity Ball Raises Funds for EM Charities

The Annual Emerging Markets Benefit ball in London was held on Friday, October 1, 2010. One thousand market participants attended the black-tie event at the Grosvenor House Hotel, which had sold out only three days after tickets went on sale in July. Organizers hope that when final tallies are in, the event will have raised over £300,000 for EM charities.

The event was sponsored by Standard Bank, which has been a key supporter since 2004 in the current format, as well as Otkritie Securities. Additional sponsors include Barclays Capital/ABSA Capital, Macquarie Bank and TPCG Group. The event also benefited from MarketAxess’ Charity Trading day, which took place on September 23, 2010.

2010 London Charity Ball

The event was a salute to Turkey, featuring fine Turkish cuisine, and elaborate Turkey-inspired decor. The band formerly known as Rain provided live music, and DJ The It Girls kept the crowd on the dance floor between sets.

Television personality Jonny Gould returned as the event’s master of ceremonies and auctioneer, selling off such prizes including holiday stays on Turkey’s Turquoise Coast, Istanbul, Tangiers, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Punta del Este, etc. Also on offer was dinner with Channel Four News presenter Jon Snow, a 3-day Aegean sailing trip, sky-diving, and in keeping with one of the themes of 2010, South African vuvuzelas.

Proceeds from the event will be distributed to five charities in emerging countries working to improve health and education:

  • Children of the Andes, www.childrenoftheandes.org, which supports street children in Colombia;
  • Cotlands, www.cotlands.org, which provides support for children affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic in South Africa;
  • Downside Up, www.downsideup.org, which provides support and education for children in Russia with Downs Syndrome;
  • EMpower, www.empowerweb.org,a grant-making foundation which connects the Emerging Markets community with innovative grassroots organizations enabling young people to lead healthy, productive lives; and
  • Health Poverty Action, www.healthunlimited.org, which provides basic health care to rural communities around the globe.

The event was chaired by Emma McClintock and Judith Wheelan of Barclays Capital, as well as Mike Cook and EMTA’s Jonathan Murno. The Committee continues to welcome new sponsors and to speak with those interested in volunteering to help with the 2011 event. Please contact Jonathan Murno at jmurno@emta.org. For more information, visit the event website at www.emball.net.

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 2009 Charity Benefits 
  New York Charity Benefit Held on December 3, 2009

The annual New York Emerging Markets industry charity benefit was held on Thursday, December 3, 2009, immediately following EMTA’s Annual Meeting. This year’s Benefit was held at a new venue, the Marriott Marquis Hotel in midtown Manhattan.

Based upon feedback from previous years’ attendees, the 2009 event had a new, cocktail party format. The event’s 36 tables sold out shortly after release, although “general admission” tickets were still available at press time. Nearly 500 EM professionals attended.

Items available in the Benefit’s silent auction included use of a summer home in Maine, a catered event for 50 from the famous Wafels and Dinges Belgian waffle truck, tickets to sporting events and the Metropolitan Opera, Scotch tasting for a group of 15, golf outings, a day at the track at the Monticello motor club, a two-night stay in Santa Fe, fine Chilean wine, personal training sessions, children’s packages and more.

In addition, a raffle was also held. The lucky winner will receive use of an apartment in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, with other prizes including a spa treatment and champagne. By popular demand, guest dj for the evening was Vladimir Werning of JP Morgan.

Last year, nearly $400,000 was distributed to the evening’s beneficiaries. Proceeds from the 2009 Benefit will be distributed to:

  • NESST, which provides financial and capacity-building support to social enterprises in Central Europe and Latin America (www.nesst.org);
  • Orphaned Starfish Foundation, dedicated to working with orphans and disadvantaged children throughout Latin America (www.orphanedstarfish.org);
  • Sri Lanka Care Foundation, which rebuilds and restores homes lost and damaged by the Asian Tsunami (www.srilankacare.org);
  • Trickle Up, which works to alleviate poverty by providing seed capital for people in EM countries to start small businesses (www.trickleup.org);
  • Worldfund provides funding to exemplary schools in impoverished Latin American neighborhoods, and creates and delivers intensive training programs for public school teachers and principals (www.worldfund.org).

The EMCB continues to welcome new members. If you are interested in joining the Planning Committee, please contact Jonathan Murno of EMTA at jmurno@emta.org.

  EM Community Digs Deep at 2009 London Benefit

The Emerging Markets community dug deep into its pockets despite the tumultuous year at its annual charity benefit held in London on October 9, 2009. The event, first slated for a smaller venue, was relocated to the Old Billingsgate market after the original 500 tickets sold out in just four hours…yet even at its final, larger location, all 900 seats were sold.

The black-tie event was sponsored by Standard Bank, UBS, TPCG Group and Promsvyazbank. MarketAxess also contributed half the proceeds of its Annual Charity Trading Day held in September 2009. The evening, one of the largest annual gatherings of the EM community, included guests from Buenos Aires, Colombia, Venezuela, Russia, South Africa, the US and Continental Europe in addition to London market participants.

The event, Ritmo Latino, was intended to have the feel of an underground Latin dance club with its painted corrugated iron décor. A squadron of conga drummers ushered guests from the cocktail hour to a seated dinner, followed by a classical guitar performance and an intense demonstration of capoeira by Brazil’s Guarda do Ouro. By popular demand, the Rare Collective (a recent contestant on “The X Factor”) played cover music to a crowded dance floor, followed by djs the It Girls and a live percussionist, who kept the crowd moving until the 1 am carriages.

Records for live auction item prices were shattered; with VTB’s Stanislav Minsky winning a ‘make your own wine in Provence’ experience with a £33,000 (US$58,000) pledge after a dramatic bidding war that had the audience gasping. Insparo Asset Management’s Mohammed Hanif purchased a classic guitar and box for 15 guests at Spandau Ballet’s sold-out reunion concert for a total of £29,000 (US$51,000) while an employee of Spinnaker Capital will soon be spending a week in St. Lucia with 13 guests following his successful £21,000 bid (US$38,000). Channel Five sportscaster Jonny Gould conducted the auction once again in his classic style.

Proceeds from the event will be distributed shortly to
  • Cotlands, www.cotlands.org, which provides support for children affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic in South Africa; 
  • Task Brasil, www.taskbrasil.org.uk, which provides shelter and vocational training for street children in Rio de Janeiro; 
  • Health Unlimited, www.healthunlimited.org, which provides basic health care to rural communities around the globe;
  • Downside Up, www.downsideup.org, which provides support and education for children in Russia with Downs Syndrome and 
  • EMpower, www.empowerweb.org, a grant-making foundation which connects the Emerging Markets community with innovative grassroots organizations enabling young people to lead healthy, productive lives.

The event was chaired by Emma McClintock (Barclays Capital), Judith Wheelan (Barclays Capital), Mike Cook and EMTA’s Jonathan Murno.

The EM Benefit Planning Committee has already begun the ground work for the 2010 event, tentatively scheduled for October 2010. Updates will be available at the event website at www.emball.net.  

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 2008 Charity Benefits 
 

New York Charity Benefit Raises over $400,000 

Despite the sharp market downturn, the annual New York Emerging Markets charity benefit still raised over $400,000 on Wednesday, December 4, 2008. The event was held at the Sheraton Hotel’s Metropolitan Ballroom on West 53rd Street in New York City, following EMTA’s Annual Meeting. Funds were raised via the sales of tables and advertisements, as well as by both live and silent auctions. Going on the auctioneer’s block were the use of holiday homes in Thailand, Maine and the Hamptons; a guaranteed spot at the ING New York City Marathon; seats at various sporting events; lunch with Financial Times commentator Martin Wolf; Belgian waffle catering for a child’s party for 50 and a day at the Monticello Race Club.

The event received funds from the MarketAxess’ Annual Charity Trading Day and in addition Banco Itaú sponsored a special caipirinha drink station. Finally, members of the EM community also contributed cash donations to the event.

Proceeds from the event will be distributed shortly to:

  • EMpower - a grant-making foundation which connects the Emerging Markets community with innovative grassroots organizations enabling young people to lead healthy, productive lives (www.empowerweb.org);
  • Orphaned Starfish Foundation, dedicated to working with orphans and disadvantaged children throughout Latin America (www.orphanedstarfish.org);
  • Sri Lanka Cares, which rebuilds and restores homes lost and damaged by the Asian Tsunami (www.srilankacare.org);
  • WaterPartners International, which works to promote health in Latin America, Africa and Asia by increasing access to safe drinking water (www.water.org); and
  • WorldFund, which provides financial, managerial and technical assistance to partner schools in impoverished Latin American neighborhoods (www.worldfund.org).

Committee members were pleased that net proceeds from the benefit remained at high levels during difficult market conditions. Due to the volunteer efforts by the beneficiaries and committee members (and including volunteer dj Vladmir Werning of JPMorgan), expenses remained at unusually low levels for charity galas.

The EMCB Committee is already planning its 2009 event. If you are interested in joining the Planning Committee, please contact Jonathan Murno of EMTA at jmurno@emta.org.

  In Difficult Market, EM Professionals Still Raise Funds for Charity at London Benefit

emben7Despite the effects of the global credit crisis, attendees of the annual Emerging Market Benefit in London demonstrated a continued commitment to philanthropic causes. While organizers are still finalizing the accounts, they are hopeful that the event’s profit will not be dramatically lower than the £319,000 (US$ 606,000) raised at the 2007 Benefit.

 

The sold-out event, "Africa!," was held at the Old Billingsgate Market on Friday, October 17, 2008. The crowd of 1,000 Emerging Markets professionals—some of whom had flown in from as far away as New York, Buenos Aires and Hong Kong—was treated to performances by African dancers and the popular band Rain. In addition, DJ’s kept the dance floor crowded until the 1 am carriages.

The black-tie gala also featured a golfing contest as well as live and silent auctions. Among the top-selling auction items were use of holiday villas in St Lucia and Chamonix, a skydiving experience with the Red Devils and three days of sailing in the Aegean on a fully-crewed yacht. A number of items celebrated Nelson Mandela, including an autographed copy of his autobiography and a tapestry featuring major events in the Nobel Peace Prize winner’s life.

emben8The event was made possible with the generous support of Absa Capital affiliated with Barclays Capital, Renaissance Capital and Standard Bank. Additional support was provided by The Royal Bank of Scotland, UBA Capital, UBS and Principal Search. MarketAxess also pledged to donate half of the proceeds of its Annual Charity Trading Day.


Beneficiaries from the 2008 ball are:

  • Cotlands, www.cotlands.org, which provides support for children affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic in South Africa;
  • Task Brasil, www.taskbrasil.org.uk, which provides shelter and vocational training for street children in Rio de Janeiro;
  • Health Unlimited, www.healthunlimited.org, which provides basic health care to rural communities around the globe;
  • Downside Up, www.downsideup.org, which provides support and education for children in Russia with Downs Syndrome and
  • EMpower, www.empowerweb.org, a grant-making foundation which connects the Emerging Markets community with innovative grassroots organizations enabling young people to lead healthy, productive lives.

Organizers, who wish to thank the EM community during this difficult time, are already beginning work on the 2009 ball. Please contact Jonathan Murno at jmurno@emta.org if you are interested in becoming involved. Hats off to fellow co-chairs Emma McClintock and Judith Wheelan of Barclays Capital and Michael Cook for a job well done!

  MarketAxess Holds Fifth Annual Charity Trading Day
Trading Revenues to Benefit Emerging Markets Charities


MarketAxess Holdings, the operator of a leading electronic trading platform for fixed income securities including Emerging Markets bonds, held its fifth annual Charity Trading Day on October 30, 2008. In partnership with EMTA, MarketAxess is donating all EM revenues from the trading day to EM charities via the industry benefits held on October 17, 2008 in London and December 4, 2008 in New York.MarketAxess has raised nearly $430,000 for EM charities since 2004. “The Emerging Markets Charity Trading Day is a great source of pride for MarketAxess and an opportunity for the EM trading community to come together and support these meaningful charities,” said Richard M. McVey, chairman and chief executive officer of MarketAxess. He added that he hoped the Charity Trading Day might introduce investors to the firm’s new offerings in the local currency markets, including Argentina, Brazil, Columbia, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay.

EMTA and the Event organizers again thank MarketAxess for their generosity.

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 2007 Charity Benefits 
  Annual New York Benefit Raises Nearly Half a Million Dollars for Emerging Charities

Organizers of the 2007 Emerging Markets Charity Benefit (EMCB) estimate that once all payments have been received that over $450,000 was raised at the annual industry gala in New York. This year’s event took place on December 5, 2007 at the Sheraton Hotel’s Metropolitan Ballroom on West 53rd Street in New York City, and sold out its 550 seats for the second consecutive year. Combined, the industry’s 2007 benefits in London and New York have once again raised in excess of $1 million dollars for EM charities.

Simon Treacher (BlueBay Asset Management) served not only as the evening’s live auctioneer, but also proved to have the evening’s deepest pockets, winning a visit to a microenterprise project in Nicaragua, donated by JPMorgan’s Joyce Chang, with a $10,000 bid. Other top auction items included two British Airways business class tickets between North America and Europe, picked up by Dylan Blair of Merrill Lynch for $6,800; and a soccer jersey signed by Pele, won by JPMorgan’s Vladimir Werning for $6,000 after a dramatic Argentine-Brazilian bidding war. In addition, other items on the block included a Kawasaki motorcycle, a walking safari in South Africa and the use of vacation homes in Hawaii, the Hamptons and Thailand.

MarketAxess once again generously opened its corporate wallet by donating half the proceeds of its Fourth Annual Charity Trading Day (the remaining 50% was donated to the industry’s October 2007 London benefit). Since 2003, MarketAxess has donated over $300,000 to Emerging Markets charities from its Annual Charity Trading Days.

Proceeds from the event are expected to be disbursed shortly. Funds will benefit seven organizations:

  • EMpower - A grant-making foundation which connects the Emerging Markets community with innovative grassroots organizations enabling young people to lead healthy, productive lives www.empowerweb.org;
  • NESST, which provides financial and capacity-building support to social enterprises in Central Europe and Latin America www.nesst.org;
  • The Resource Foundation, which cultivates relationships between private development organizations worldwide by leveraging capital and information resources to increase the self-reliance and living standards of the disadvantaged www.resourcefnd.org;
  • Sri Lanka Cares, which rebuilds and restores homes lost and damaged by the Asian Tsunami www.srilankacare.org;
  • Trickle Up, which works to alleviate poverty by providing seed capital for people in EM countries to start small businesses www.trickleup.org;  
  • WaterPartners International, which works to promote health in Latin America, Africa and Asia by increasing access to safe drinking water www.water.org; and
  • WorldFund which provides financial, managerial and technical assistance to partner schools in impoverished Latin American neighborhoods www.worldfund.org.

The EMCB will shortly confirm the date and venue of next year’s gala, and continues to welcome new members interested in the 2008 event. If you are interested in joining the Planning Committee, please contact Jonathan Murno of EMTA at jmurno@emta.org.

  EM Benefit London Shatters Previous Records

Although exact numbers have yet to be tallied, the EM Benefit held in London on October 26, 2007 is expected to have raised over £330,000 (US$693,000). The event was held at the Old Billingsgate Market on the River Thames, and sold out all 960 seats within 36 hours of going on sale in late June.

emben12The theme of this year’s event was “Russia: Fire and Ice.” To get the crowd in the appropriate mood, guests were greeted at the door by Russian soldiers restraining wolves, and then entered into a Siberian forest. Eight-foot tall portraits of Tsarist generals hung from the Billingsgate ceilings while an ice sculpture of St. Basil’s Cathedral made sure no one missed the bar.

Channel Five sportscaster Jonny Gould, having the night off from his World Series commentary duties, returned as the evening’s auctioneer. Previous auction records were shattered as a week at a villa in Spain fetched a staggering £28,000 ($58,800), while a week’s rental of a luxury villa in St Lucia was sold at £17,000 (US$35,700) and dinner with Cherie Blair raised £14,000 (US$29,400). Other items which went on the block included tickets to Led Zeppelin’s sold-out reunion concert, the use of a villa in St. Vincent and an assortment of fine French wine.

Guests were entertained by Cossack dancers, a live band (Rain, returning for the fourth year by popular demand), and a d.j. Two aerial artists also performed, as audience members held their breaths and event organizers clutched their insurance policies to their chests. Gamblers were also able to try their hand at the event’s casino tables.

emben13Funds from the event will be disbursed to Cotlands, which works with children affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic in South Africa; Downside Up, which provides support and education for children in Russia with Downs Syndrome; Health Unlimited, which provides health-care to rural populations in a number of emerging countries, and Task Brasil, which offers shelter and vocational training to street children in Rio de Janeiro.

The Benefit was generously sponsored by Dresdner Kleinwort, MarketAxess, RBS Renaissance and Standard Bank. Additional support was provided by RBC Capital Markets, UBS and Santander and chaired by Emma McClintock (Barclays Capital), Mike Cook, Judith Wheelan (Barclays Capital) and Jonathan Murno (EMTA).

   

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 2006 Charity Benefits 
  NYC CHARITY BENEFIT BREAKS FUND-RAISING RECORD

The 2006 Emerging Markets New York Charity Benefit raised over $450,000, surpassing the record of $341,000 set the two previous years. The sold-out event was held on Wednesday, December 6, 2006 immediately following the EMTA Annual Meeting. Event Chair Jonathan Murno noted that EMCB’s expense ratio was approximately 25%, unusually low for a charity gala.

Beneficiaries of the 2006 event were:

  • EMpower, which funds a number of health and education programs around the globewww.empowerweb.org;  
  • NESsT, which provides financial and capacity-building support to social enterprises in Central Europe and Latin America www.nesst.org;  
  • Trickle Up, which works to alleviate poverty by providing seed capital for people in EM countries to start small businesses www.trickleup.org; and
  • Water Partners International, which works to promote health in Latin America, Africa and Asia by increasing access to safe drinking water www.water.org.

Funds were raised by sales of tables at the event, advertisements in the evening’s souvenir program booklet and casino tables, as well as live and silent auctions. BlueBay Asset Management’s Simon Treacher served as the evening’s auctioneer, helping to raise over $50,000 in the live event. Among the top auction items were a Brazilian beach vacation (including round-trip business class airfare) acquired by Robert Koenigsberger (Gramercy) for $11,000, a one-week stay in a Hawaiian condo sold to Citigroup’s Alex May for $5,000, and a Notre Dame vs. USC college football package picked up by Hema Kailasam of Deutsche Bank for $4,250. A guaranteed spot in the 2007 New York City Marathon, lunch with the celebrated FT columnist Martin Wolf and an Omega watch were bid on as well.

MarketAxess sponsored the NY Charity Benefit for the third consecutive year by donating funds from its Annual Charity Trading Day held on September 27, 2006. Since 2004, MarketAxess has donated a total of US$360,000 to the New York and London industry benefits. ING Financial Markets LLC, JPMorgan and Lehman Brothers were also event sponsors.

The EMCB Committee issued checks totaling $320,000 to the four beneficiaries of the event in early January. Final disbursements will be made as soon as all remaining pledges have been collected.

The Committee continues to welcome new volunteers as it sets its sights on the 2007 event. For additional information, please contact Jonathan Murno of EMTA at jmurno@emta.org.

  MARKETAXESS, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH EMTA, ANNOUNCES THIRD ANNUAL CHARITY TRADING DAY

MarketAxess Holdings Inc., the operator of a leading electronic trading platform for U.S. and European high-grade corporate and Emerging Markets bonds has announced that its third annual Charity Trading Day will be held on September 27, 2006. As it has since 2004, MarketAxess, in partnership with EMTA, will donate all Emerging Markets trading revenues from that date to Emerging Markets charities. This year, in addition to client-to-multi dealer trading revenues, MarketAxess will also donate revenues from Emerging Markets trading on DealerAxess, its recently launched interdealer trading platform.

“Emerging Markets Charity Trading Day provides the opportunity to share our firm’s success with young people who are faced with poverty and limited opportunity,” said Richard M. McVey, chairman and chief executive officer of MarketAxess. “One of the most important characteristics of each of these charities is that they don’t simply provide handouts—they help rebuild children’s lives and create better futures through training, education, healthcare and public works.”

The charities that will benefit from this year’s donations, decided by each event’s committee, include:

  • EMpower, which connects the Emerging Markets community with innovative grassroots organizations enabling young people to lead healthy, productve lives.

  • Cotlands, a long-serving South African non-profit agency that continues to meet the needs of children affected by HIV/AIDS.

  • Task Brasil, an organization that funds projects to improve the lives of Brazilian street children and adolescents, allowing them to enter mainstream society.

  • Health Unlimited, which works with indigenous communities and communities affected by conflict and political instability to achieve better health.

  • NESST, an organization that provides financial and capacity-building support to social enterprises in Central Europe and Latin America.

  • Trickle Up, an organization that seeks to alleviate poverty by providing seed capital for people in EM countries to start small businesses.

  • WaterPartners International, which promotes health in Latin America, Africa and Asia by increasing access to safe drinking water.

Through the past two Charity Trading Days, MarketAxess has raised a total of $293,075 for Emerging Markets charities. The total amount of this year’s donations will be announced at the Emerging Markets’ debt industry’s annual London and New York benefits, which are scheduled for Friday, October 6, 2006, and Wednesday, December 6, 2006, respectively.

“The Charity Trading Day is a brilliant initiative that deserves the support of the market,” said Guido Mosca, head portfolio manager of The Rohatyn Group, a trading participant for the past two years. Leveraging the trading day is a visionary way of giving back to the emerging countries,” he added.

  LONDON EM BENEFIT BREAKS ATTENDANCE AND FUNDRAISING RECORDS

A record 1,000 Emerging Markets professionals crammed the Grosvenor House Hotel’s Great Room on Friday, October 6, 2006 for the annual London EM Benefit Ball. The “Tango Argentino” gala marked the third consecutive year the benefit has sold out—despite the number of available seats being increased from 750 to 1,000!

emben6Entertainment at the black-tie ball included a d.j. and—back by popular demand—a performance by the band Rain. Several in attendance surprised the crowd with their vocal talents, performing as guest artists on hits such as “Stand by Me,” while other EM-ers demonstrated terpsichorean skills by joining the event’s professional tango dancers for a spin on the dance floor. Guests also had the opportunity to score a goal past semi-professional goalies and ride in a simulated horse race.

Channel Five sportscaster Johnny Gould won universal acclaim as the evening’s auctioneer. Attendees bid a total of over £106,000 ($201,000) at the live and silent auctions, breaking the previous record for the EM charity events in London and New York. The evening’s top prize—a ten-day excursion through Argentine Patagonia and Buenos Aires – fetched £13,000 ($24,700). Other notable items included dinner at The Ivy with BBC World Affairs Editor John Simpson (which raised £10,000 ($19,000) for the second consecutive year), as well as one-week use of luxury villas in Spain and St. Lucia, which raised £9,000 ($17,100) and £7,000 ($13,300) respectively. A signed copy of Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, the opportunity to record a single produced by Roxy Music’s Phil Manzanera, and a day aboard a racing yacht for fourteen also brought in considerable sums for charity.

Proceeds from the evening will be donated to Cotlands, www.cotlands.org, which provides support for children affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic in South Africa; Task Brasil, www.taskbrasil.org.uk, which provides shelter and vocational training for street children in Rio de Janeiro; and Health Unlimited, www.healthunlimited.org, which provides basic health care to rural communities around the globe.

In his remarks to the crowd, EMTA’s Jonathan Murno praised his co-chairs Elaine Skinner-Reid (Royal Bank of Canada) and Emma McClintock (Blue Bay Asset Management) for their “infectious enthusiasm and endless dedication, which never fail to inspire and amaze.” Judith Wheelan (Barclays Capital) was also saluted for her work on behalf of the Benefit committee. The event was sponsored by Barclays Capital, MarketAxess and Standard Bank. Additional support was provided by Royal Bank of Scotland and West LB.

  London EM Benefit Disburses £240,000

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Emerging Markets Benefit, Ltd., (EMBL) the organization in charge of the London charity benefit, recently issued checks totaling £240,000 ($448,800) to four organizations working to improve health and education in Emerging Countries. The beneficiaries included Cotlands, which works with HIV/AIDS-affected children in South Africa and Task Brasil, which provides support and vocational training to street children in Rio de Janeiro. EMBL also awarded grants to SOS Children to fund education in Jamaica, and to Health Unlimited for its health and education projects in Guatemala and Peru.

EMBL Co-Chairs Elaine Skinner-Reid and Jonathan Murno both made visits to beneficiaries in April 2006. Skinner-Reid returned to Cotlands in Johannesburg, where she met with children in both the hospice and sanctuary who have benefited from EMBL’s previous donations. Murno opened Task Brasil’s new shelter for teenage street children in Rio de Janeiro, while also visiting the infants and pregnant teenagers Task Brasil shelters.emben5 

The EMBL committee has scheduled this year’s London benefit, which will be held at the Grosvenor Hotel for Friday, October 6, 2006. Tables for ten will go on sale in late June 2006. The 910 seats for the 2005 event sold out in two business days so firms interested in attending are advised to act quickly. The event will again be sponsored by MarketAxess’ Charity Trading Day, as well as by Standard Bank.

The EMBL continues to welcome new sponsors and individuals interested in working on the event. For further information, please contact co-chairs Elaine Skinner-Reid (Elaine.Skinner-Reid@rbccm.com), Emma McClintock (emma.mcclintock@bb.com.br) or Jonathan Murno (jmurno@emta.org) or (44-207) 996-3165.

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 2005 Charity Benefits 
  NEW YORK EM BENEFIT DISBURSES $340,000 AND PICKS 2006 BENEFICIARIES

Checks representing final disbursements for the 2005 New York Emerging Markets Charity Benefit (EMCB) were issued in May 2006 to the four charities selected as the 2005 industry charity gala beneficiaries. Total disbursements equaled $339,149, nearly matching the amount of funds raised the previous year. Funds were raised by sales of tables, ads, and auction items, as well as a $101,000 donation from the MarketAxess Charity Trading Day held last September.

EMPower, the organization founded by former Emerging Markets professionals, received the largest grant, which totaled $135,660. In addition, grants of $67,830 each were awarded to ProMujer, the Resource Foundation and World Education & Development Fund.

The EMCB Benefit Committee held meetings earlier this Spring to evaluate the nine EM charities nominated as potential beneficiaries for the industry’s 2006 charity gala. The Committee reviewed the annual reports and financial statements provided by the nominated beneficiaries, and selected five semi-finalists at its April 26 meeting. These semi-finalists were interviewed by the Committee on May 8, 2006.

As a result, the Committee voted to select the following four charities as 2006 beneficiaries:

  • EMPower, a grassroots charity which funds a number of health and education programs around the globe www.empowerweb.org;

  • NESST, which provides financial and capacity-building support to social enterprises in Central Europe and Latin America www.nesst.org;

  • Trickle Up, which works to alleviate poverty by providing seed capital for people in EM countries to start small businesses www.trickleup.org; and

  • Water Partners International, which works to promote health in LatAm, Africa and Asia by increasing access to safe drinking water www.water.org.

Based on the positive feedback it received, the Committee has confirmed that the 2006 Benefit will again be held at Capitale on Wednesday, December 6, 2006. Once again, the event will immediately follow EMTA’s Annual Meeting.

The Committee continues to invite the participation of new members. Please contact Jonathan Murno at jmurno@emta.org or (44-207) 996-3165, if you are interested in helping plan and market the 2006 event.

 

OVER $340,000 RAISED AT EM CHARITY BENEFIT IN NEW YORK

According to preliminary estimates, the EM debt industry’s Annual New York Charity Benefit raised over $340,000, matching the amount raised at the 2004 event. The EMCB Committee noted that its expenses stood at only 23% of gross revenues, down from 26% the previous year; this represents an exceptionally low ratio for a benefit dinner.

450 Emerging Markets professionals attended the event, which was held at Capitale Restaurant on December 1, 2005, and immediately followed EMTA’s Annual Meeting. Based on feedback from previous attendees, the gala was streamlined and maximized mingling among members of the EM debt trading community. The benefit was held on World AIDS Day, and event organizers pointed out that some of the evening’s proceeds would be disbursed to organizations in emerging countries combating the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

Funds for the evening’s beneficiaries were raised via table sales, souvenir program ad sales, a silent auction and a casino. A major boost to the event’s fundraising efforts was a $101,037.50 donation from the electronic dealer MarketAxess. This represented 50% of the firm’s profits from its Second Annual Charity Trading Day, held in September 2005. MarketAxess donated an equal amount to the EM debt industry’s London event last fall.

Proceeds from the event will be distributed to:

  • EMPower (www.empowerweb.org), which funds a number of health and education programs around the globe;

  • ProMujer (www.promujer.org), which makes micro-loans to women in Bolivia, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru;

  • The Resource Foundation (www.resourcefnd.org), which partners with local nonprofits in Latin America to promote economic development and sustainable agriculture; and

  • World Education and Development Fund (www.worldfund.org), which promotes education in Latin America.

EMCB began issuing initial disbursements totaling $87,000 in late December 2005. The remaining proceeds will be distributed to event beneficiaries as soon as final pledges are collected.

EMTA extends its congratulations and thanks to the Benefit Committee for another year of hard work and dedication in organizing the event. 2005 Benefit Committee members included Maria Garcia (Lehman Brothers), who served as Head of Sales for the EMCB, Tom Baluk (J.P. Morgan), Glenn Edelson (Goldman Sachs), Hema Kailasam (Deutsche Bank), Chandra Metzler (Deutsche Bank), Anne Milne (Deutsche Bank), Dennis Rodrigues (MarketAxess), Denise Simon (HSBC Halbis Partners), Marcy Swank (ING Financial Markets LLC), Adam Weiner (Oppenheimer Funds), Rossanna Scanlon (The Options Group) and EMTA’s Jonathan Murno (Committee Chair).

The Committee continues to welcome new members. Please contact Jonathan Murno at jmurno@emta.org if you would like to become involved.

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MarketAxess presents the EMCB with a check for $101,037 at its annual gala. Left to right: Jonathan Murno (EMCB Chair; EMTA), Dennis Rodrigues (MarketAxess’ Emerging Markets Product Manager), Maria Garcia (EMCB Head of Sales; Lehman) and Rick McVey (CEO, MarketAxess). 

 

Nights Out with Led Zeppelin Star Jimmy Page and BBC World Affairs Editor John Simpson to Be Auctioned at London Benefit

Members of the annual Charity Benefit Committee in London are putting the final touches on the annual gala, slated for September 30, 2005. The event’s 900 tickets were sold out in only two days this year after the event was moved back to Billingsgate (the landmark 19th-century former fish market on the Thames) in order to accommodate more attendees.

This year’s theme is "Caribbean Classic," and proceeds will benefit Cotlands (providing care for children affected by HIV/AIDS in South Africa), Task Brasil (working with street children in Rio de Janeiro), SOS Children (which will use proceeds for an education project in Jamaica) and Health Unlimited (whose grant will be earmarked for a health and education project among indigenous people in Guatemala). Last year’s event raised over £150,000, more than twice the amount raised in 2003.

The event features dinner, drinks, two live bands and a dj, and several extra surprises. Live and silent auctions will also be held, with items including a night out with legendary Led Zeppelin rock star Jimmy Page, dinner at the Ivy with BBC World Affairs Editor John Simpson, an exclusive box for 12 at the Tennis Masters Tournament at the Royal Albert Hall, a classic Les Paul Gibson guitar, vacation home rentals in St. Lucia and Turkey, a week-long luxury vacation in Jamaica (including business-class airfare), a cooking class for ten in Provence and many more unique prizes. A full list of silent and live auction prizes will be posted on EMTA’s website shortly.

The event is being sponsored by Bear Stearns, MarketAxess and Standard Bank. Additional support is being provided by Royal Bank of Scotland and WestLB. Hats-off to them all, as well as to the London Benefit Committee, which include Emma McClintock (BB Securities), Clare Turnbull (Bear Stearns), Jonathan Murno (EMTA) and Elaine Skinner-Reid (RBC).

For further information, please contact Jonathan Murno at jmurno@emta.org.
 

 

EM LONDON BENEFIT REPRESENTATIVES VISIT AIDS ORPHANAGE BENEFICIARY IN SOUTH AFRICA

Elaine Skinner-Reid (RBC) and Jonathan Murno (EMTA), Co-Chairs of the recent London Emerging Markets Benefit (EMBL), visited the Cotlands AIDS orphanage in Johannesburg, South Africa on March 17, 2005. Cotlands is one of the three beneficiaries of the London industry galas, and recently received £67,900 (US$132,400) from the Benefit.

Cotlands’ Executive Director Jackie Schoeman and Corporate and Trusts Manager Allison Gallo accompanied the EMBL representatives on stops to meet children being served by Cotlands’ home-based care program. The program offers support to adults caring for HIV-positive children in the poverty-stricken townships outside of Johannesburg. The home care program provides basic foods for caregivers who may be too ill to prepare cooked meals, as well as anti-retroviral drugs, which are not widely available in southern Africa despite being commonplace in developed countries.

The EMBL representatives were introduced to Calvin, a 5-year-old with AIDS and tuberculosis who lives with his mother and five other adult relatives, all of whom are HIV+. Schoeman and Gallo explained that Calvin’s health has dramatically rebounded since he began receiving anti-retroviral drugs in 2004. The Co-Chairs also met Alicia, an HIV+ 8-year-old who lost her parents to AIDS and is now being raised by her elderly grandmother. Due to poor nutrition, Alicia’s growth has been stunted and she appears much younger than her actual age. Despite having to use an oxygen mask due to breathing difficulties, Alicia was all smiles during the short visit.

The EMBL representatives concluded their visit at the Cotlands orphanage and hospice where 60 children, most of whom are HIV+ and who have lost their parents due to the pandemic, are cared for. Many of the children were visibly delighted when they were given small gifts such as coloring books and toy cars.

Schoeman expressed her gratitude to the EM debt industry for its generous donation. She noted, "The EMBL gift is equivalent to 5% of our 2005 operating budget, and will be used to bolster our home care projects in the provinces of Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal." She added that the EMBL donation will also finance the construction of a new kitchen which will provide meals to 200 orphaned children.

Cotlands will provide regular updates to the EMBL committee on its work, as well as on the progress of some of the specific children benefiting from the EM industry’s donation. Schoeman and Gallo noted that with 28% of pregnant South African women estimated to be HIV+, the prognosis for children in South Africa continues to be extremely troubling.

The EMBL Committee continues to welcome new members. Please contact Elaine Skinner-Reid at elaine.skinner-reid@rbccm.com or by phone at (44-207) 029-7009, or Jonathan Murno at jmurno@emta.org or by phone at (44-207) 996-3165 for further information.

 

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EM Benefit Disburses Over 750,000 South African Rand (US$127,000) to Cotlands in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Left to right: EMBL Co-Chair Elaine Skinner-Reid, Alison Gallo and Jackie Schoeman of Cotlands, Jonathan Murno of EMTA.
 

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 2004 Charity Benefits 
 

LONDON Benefit Disburses Funds to Charities

The London Charity Benefit Committee has begun disbursing funds to the Event’s beneficiaries. The Benefit, held on October 28, 2004, raised over £150,000 for charities working to promote health and education in EM countries.London Benefit Co-Chairs Elaine Skinner (RBC) and Jonathan Murno (EMTA) presented representatives from Task Brasil with a cheque for £63,400 (US$123,600) in London on January 20, 2005. This represents approximately 25% of the organization’s annual budget and will be used to provide shelter, food, medicine and vocational training for 40 Brazilian street children for one year, as well as pay the salaries for staff at the shelter.

In addition, a similar grant was also issued in January 2005 to Cotlands, a hospice and care center for children affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic in South Africa. This represents approximately 5% of Cotland’s annual budget and will be used to construct a kitchen to provide meals to children whose parents are too ill to provide adequate nutrition. The grant will also fund a hospice and outreach program in two of the areas in South Africa with the highest rates of HIV-infection in the country. Representatives of the Benefit Committee plan to visit the site in March 2005.

The Benefit Committee hopes to complete grant disbursement shortly as final pledges are collected. Initial planning on the 2005 Benefit has begun and those interested in joining the Benefit Committee are urged to contact Elaine Skinner at Elaine.Skinner@rbccm.com or Jonathan Murno of EMTA at jmurno@emta.org.

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EMBL Benefit Co-Chairs Elaine Skinner (RBC) and Jonathan Murno (EMTA) present Task Brasil representatives with a check for £63,400 in London on January 20, 2005. Photo: Mike Sweeney  

  NYC CHARITY BENEFIT RAISES $340,000, UP 70% FROM 2003 GALA

The Emerging Markets Charity Benefit in New York was the industry’s most financially successful in years, raising over $340,000. The NYC event raised 70% more than in 2003, when $200,000 was raised and distributed to charities. Expenses accounted for 26% of the event’s budget, an unusually low expense ratio for a benefit dinner.

Combined with the more than £150,000 (US$292,500) raised at the October 28, 2004 London gala, a total of more than US$632,500 was raised for charities in 2004 by the Emerging Markets debt industry. 

The "Bombay Nights" event had an Indian theme, featuring fine Indian cuisine and sitar music. The event was held at the fashionable Puck Building in downtown Manhattan and attended by a sell-out crowd of 475 EM professionals.

During the event, Rick McVey, Chief Executive Officer of MarketAxess presented a check to committee organizers for $45,500, representing 50% of the proceeds from the firm’s Charity Trading Day, held on October 6, 2004. MarketAxess had also presented a similar check to the London Benefit Committee two months earlier.

In addition to the MarketAxess’ Charity Trading Day sponsorship, table sales and program advertisements, organizers also raised money for the Benefit by conducting live and silent auctions. Lucky bidders won a number of prizes including trapeze lessons, circus and opera tickets, fishing and golf excursions, sailing cruises and vacations in Vermont, Scotland and France. Comedian Johnny Lampert served as auctioneer after delivering his own stand-up routine.

On December 15, 2004, initial checks totaling $116,000 were disbursed to the evening’s three beneficiaries: EMPower, ProMujer and SAAAIDS. EMPower, founded by former and current EM professionals, funds a number of health and education projects throughout the Emerging Markets. ProMujer provides micro-finance loans to women in Latin America, while SAAAIDS works to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS in India. Final checks will be issued to the charities as soon as final payments have been received from attendees and auction winners.

Congratulations and thanks to the Benefit Committee for another year of hard work and dedication in organizing the event. Benefit Committee members included Tom Baluk (J.P. Morgan), Maria Garcia (Lehman Brothers), Hema Kailasam (Deutsche Bank), Mike Marian (Alliance Capital), Chandra Metzler (Deutsche Bank), Dennis Rodrigues (MarketAxess), Denise Simon (The Atlantic), Marcy Swank (ING Financial Markets), Sue Waterbury (Goldman Sachs), Adam Weiner (Oppenheimer), and EMTA’s own indefatigable Jonathan Murno (Committee Chair).

 

EM BENEFIT NYC MAKES FINAL DISBURSEMENTS FOR 2004, PLANS 2005 EVENTS

Final disbursements from the 2004 Emerging Market Charity Benefit (EMCB) were issued in April 2005, following the collection of the last remaining donations. A total of $342,493.49 was disbursed to three organizations working to improve the lives of people in emerging countries: EMPower, founded by former and current Emerging Market professionals, which funds a number of health and education projects; ProMujer, which provides micro-finance loans to women in Latin America; and SAAAIDS, which works to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS in India.

2004 proceeds were 70% above 2003 disbursements of $200,835 and more than double the $161,359 raised by the Emerging Markets debt industry in 2002. The event’s expense ratio was 26%, an unusually low expense ratio for a benefit dinner.

The EMCB Planning Committee held meetings on April 5 and May 10, 2005 to discuss preparations for this year’s gala. After visiting several possible venues, the Committee selected Guastavino’s on East 59th Street in Manhattan as the site for the event, slated for December 1, 2005. Additional details will be announced shortly.

At its next meeting, on June 13, 2005, the Planning Committee selected finalist beneficiaries for the 2005 event. The Committee voted to select 4 beneficiaries in 2005:

  • EMPower, which funds a number of health and education programs around the globe www.empowerweb.org  

  • ProMujer, which makes micro-loans to women in Bolivia, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru www.promujer.org  

  • Resource Foundation, which partners with local nonprofits in Latin America to promote economic development and sustainable agriculture www.resourcefnd.org  

  • World Education and Development Fund, which promotes education in Latin America www.worldfund.org  

2004 Supporter feedback on the beneficiaries is welcome. Please provide comments no later than Tuesday, June 22 to Jonathan Murno at jmurno@emta.org.

Other charities included Accion International, Goal USA, NESST, SAAIDS and The Sri Lanka Care Foundation. EMCB’s Planning Committee seeks to fund smaller, well-run organizations which have 501(c) (3) tax exempt status, with annual operating budgets of less than US$5 million and for which EMCB proceeds would provide meaningful assistance. Because EMCB wishes to assist charities in as wide a variety of emerging countries as possible, it will also take into account geographic diversity.

For more information, please contact a member of the 2005 Benefit Committee: Jonathan Murno (EMTA, Committee Chair), Tom Baluk (J. P. Morgan), Maria Garcia (Lehman Brothers), Hema Kailasam (Deutsche Bank), Chandra Metzler (Deutsche Bank), Anne Milne (Deutsche Bank), Owi Ruivivar (Goldman Sachs Asset Management), Dennis Rodrigues (MarketAxess), Denise Simon (The Atlantic), Marcy Swank (ING Financial Markets), and Adam Weiner (Oppenheimer).

 

"Under a South African Sky" Industry Benefit in London Raises Funds for EM Charities

The Emerging Markets Annual London Benefit was held at the Park Lane Hilton on Thursday, October 28, 2004. The black tie gala broke previous attendance records when all 750 available seats were sold out in eight business days in September 2004. Apparently few of the evening’s revelers were disappointed as the ballroom remained at full capacity until its 1 am closing time.

The event, "Under a South African Sky," included South African drummers, a live band, a dj, dinner (who can forget that tiramisu?), dancing, as well as live and silent auctions. Also included as part of the evening’s entertainment was a drawing to determine the winner of a raffle. Simon Treacher of BlueBay Asset Management ended up holding the lucky ticket for a diamond, donated by jeweler Wint & Kidd, worth £10,000, to be designed to his specifications.

The generosity of the EM crowd was quickly evident as a number of items were sold off at considerable sums. Up on the auction block were holiday trips to St. Lucia, Turkey, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland, South Africa and the USA, as well as a cooking course in France, polo lessons, golfing trips, couture items, diamond earrings, a day on the set of the BBC program "Top Gear" and memorabilia signed by the England rugby squad, the Chelsea football team and the Rolling Stones. Fundraising was also boosted by MarketAxess and Standard Bank, both of which sponsored the event. Co-sponsorship funding was provided by WestLB and Central Search.

Proceeds from the evening, which event organizers hope will reach at least £120,000 (US$220,000), will be distributed to Cotlands, an organization fighting HIV/AIDS in South Africa; Task Brasil, which works to educate street children in Brazil; and ChildHope UK, which serves to educate children in a variety of EM countries. The Committee expects to make disbursements shortly as final auction proceeds are received.

Photos from the event are still available at http://www.capitallifephotography.co.uk/events.php. Please enter user name ‘redfridge’ and password ‘hilton.’

Hats off to Committee Co-chairs Elaine Skinner (RBC) and Jonathan Murno (EMTA), as well as Emma McClintock (BB Securities), Ingrid Iversen (Insight Investments), Monika Machon (AIG), Nadia Saliba (Goldman Sachs), Joanne Horner (Standard Bank), Paul Charman (WestLB), Dominic Holland (MarketAxess), Clare Turnbull (Bear Stearns) and Tania Kotsos (RBC) for their boundless enthusiasm and hard work on making the Benefit such an unqualified success.

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 2003 Charity Benefits 
  EM BENEFITS SURPASS $5 MILLION LEVEL IN DONATIONS DISTRIBUTED TO EM CHARITIES FOLLOWING DECEMBER GALA IN NEW YORK

Organizers of the NY Emerging Markets Charity Benefit announced they had raised over $200,000 at the industry gala held on Thursday, December 4, 2003. Since the first benefit was held nine years ago, the Emerging Markets industry in New York City and London galas has raised over $5 million for Emerging Market charities. This year’s NYC event was held at the Altman Building in the Chelsea section of Manhattan.

The evening’s theme was Exotica, and featured live belly dancers and food from the Middle East, Asia and Latin America. Live and silent auctions contributed almost $50,000 to the pot, as bidders vied for holidays in Kiawah Island, South Carolina and Provence, France, golf outings, fishing trips, a vintage car race, a gym membership and a professional photography shoot. Mike Gagliardi of Trust Company of the Atlantic was joined as auctioneer by CNBC anchor Michelle Caruso-Cabrera.

This year’s beneficiaries included EMPower, ProMujer and World Education and Development Fund. Former Emerging Markets professionals founded both EMPower and World Education and Development Fund, while ProMujer counts a number of Emerging Markets professionals amongst its Board of Directors. Further information on these worthy organizations can be found at: www.empowerweb.org, www.promujer.org, and www.worldfund.org.michele  

EMTA’s Director of Research Jonathan Murno, fresh from working on the October 2 London benefit, succeeded in some cross pollination between the New York and London fundraisers, including a trans-Atlantic swap of auction items (thanks to Marta Cabrera of EMPower, Monika Machon of AIG and former Bank of America officer (and EMTA Director) Alex McLeod), improvements on the souvenir program booklets, the donation of souvenir shot glasses from the London event to New York, additional fundraising ideas, and, of course, the spectacular event invitation (produced by Guy Cross of Bear Stearns).

Initial disbursements of $37,000 were made to each of the three beneficiaries in December 2003; a final disbursement will be made as soon as the final commitments are received. The money will be used to fund, among other projects, classrooms in Argentina and Brazil, HIV/AIDS prevention in Uganda, healthcare for street children in Mexico, India and Vietnam, children’s centers in South Africa and scholarships in Mexico.

Those interested in joining the Benefit Committee for the 2004 EM Benefit next year are urged to contact Denise Simon of Atlantic Company at , Sue Waterbury of Goldman Sachs at or Jonathan Murno of EMTA.

Michelle Cabrera-Caruso of CNBC served as a surprise guest auctioneer.
 

  2003 EM BENEFIT ATTENDEES IN LONDON RAISE MONEY TO A SAMBA BEAT

800 Emerging Markets professionals attended one of the largest industry benefits ever in London on Thursday, October 2, 2003. The net profits from the evening will be distributed to three charities, including organizations working with street children in Brazil and AIDS orphans in South Africa.

The event was held at the Old Billingsgate Market on the Thames, a 19th Century listed building which offered an unobstructed view of Tower Bridge to the many foreign visitors (including a large Russian contingent) in attendance. The evening’s theme was Brazil, and a Carnival-like energy filled the evening. Batacada, a Brazilian drumming troupe which merges a traditional samba beat with new fusion, was brought over from Paris for the event, while Viramundo provided the evening with additional music and dancers. Both groups ensured that the dance floor was at maximum decibels and overflow capacity for the bulk of the evening.

Mark Franklin (Citigroup Investments) revealed yet again that he is a man of many talents, when he auctioned off a number of unique prizes, including stays at holiday homes in Scotland, Switzerland and St. Lucia, as well as the opportunity to literally create one’s own wine at a French vineyard. Some items even attracted telephone bids from New York professionals unable to attend in person. The bidding got into a frenzy when a holiday to Rio de Janeiro went on the block; it finally sold for £13,000. A silent auction which included a day’s use of a fully-crewed sailboat, use of a vacation home in France and Chelsea vs. Manchester United tickets also raised funds for the charities. Kelly Shea of Julius Baer proved to be the undisputed casino queen in one of the other activities of the evening.

Event organizers included Brigitte Dowsett and Clare Turnbull of Bear Stearns, Simon Treacher of BlueBay Asset Management, Elaine Skinner and Paul Charman of West LB, and Jonathan Murno of EMTA. The group planned the entire event, a smashing success by any measure, in a record twelve weeks.

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Emerging Markets Benefit Ltd committee members: (from L to R): Paul Charman, Elaine Skinner, Simon Treacher, Brigitte Dowsett, Jonathan Murno and Clare Turnbull.
 

Organizers noted that the EM debt community in London had “really stepped up to the plate,” volunteering their time, assistance and some of the evening’s supplies. One of the most generous gifts was from former EMTA Board Member Alex Mcleod, who donated 500 bottles of wine to the event, while Unibanco picked up the cost of the Brazilian bands. A number of restaurants, travel agents and other companies also pitched in with prizes.

The Emerging Markets debt community in New York will be holding its own charity bash on Thursday, December 4, and the two groups have been informally trading ideas. A London event organizer couldn’t help but point out that one of the auction items fetched almost three times the price paid in New York last year when it was auctioned off in October in London, apparently throwing the gauntlet down to the New York trading and investment community!

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 2002 Charity Benefits 
  2002 EM CHARITY BENEFIT RAISES OVER $175,000

Despite adverse weather, the Annual Emerging Markets Charity Benefit (EMCB) raised approximately $175,000 at its gala “Sushi Samba” dinner on Thursday evening, December 5, 2002. The event was held at Studio 545, a photography studio in midtown Manhattan, and immediately followed EMTA’s Annual Meeting.

EMTA’s Michael M. Chamberlin opened the event by saluting the industry firms which sponsored it, while also thanking Benefit Committee members for their excellent work in organizing the gala. Chamberlin also took the opportunity to express the industry’s appreciation to Glenn Grossman for his efforts over the past several years in founding the Charity Benefit and organizing past years’ events.

Michael Gagliardi (The Atlantic), ably assisted by Logistics Committee Chair Denise Simon (The Atlantic), served as the evening’s auctioneer extraordinaire, raising over $31,000 from an extremely enthusiastic crowd. Attendees were also entertained by both a seven-member mariachi band and a live d.j., and fundraising Co-Chair Sue Waterbury (Goldman) was not shy about leading her fellow EM professionals in some very funky dance moves.

The proceeds of the December 2002 event will be divided among EMPower, Save the Children and the World Wildlife Fund. To date, the Annual Benefits have raised over $1.7 million for charities assisting people throughout the Emerging Markets. Checks totaling $92,000 were distributed to the three beneficiaries on February 11, 2003, with a final distribution scheduled to occur as soon as remaining pledges have been collected.

Following the event, the tireless Benefit Committee met on January 9, 2003 to discuss preliminary plans for the 2003 benefit. EM professionals interested in becoming involved may contact Denise Simon (The Atlantic), Sue Waterbury (Goldman Sachs) or Jonathan Murno (EMTA).

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 2001 Charity Benefits 
  SEVENTH EMERGING MARKETS CHARITY BALL IN LONDON DEDICATED TO MARTIN QUINTIN-ARCHARD

The Seventh Emerging Markets Charity Ball will be held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on Friday, March 16, 2001. The theme of this year’s event will be "The Silk Route." The event will be dedicated to the memory of Martin Quintin-Archard, a former Charity Ball trustee from 1993 to 1998 who passed away tragically last October on the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro. As many will know, ‘QA’ was a larger-than-life pioneer of the Emerging Markets debt trading industry.

A total of over £1.9 million [US$2.85 million] has been raised since the first Charity Ball was held in March 1994, with £1.8 million [US$2.7 million] being distributed to over 75 specific projects at organizations such as Oxfam, CARE and Save the Children. The numerous grant recipients include health and education projects in Malawi, Mali and Mozambique, demining efforts in Angola, HIV education/preven-tion among the street children of Brazil, drug abuse prevention and rehabilitation in Chile, poverty alleviation in Vietnam, and a childhood immunization program in Burma.

Because of the overflow at the last event, attendance at this event will be limited to 800. Those interested in attending are urged to act quickly to ensure ticket availability.

For further information, please contact Stephanie Field at Lazard at stephanie.field@lazard.com.

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 2000 Charity Benefits 
  FOURTH ANNUAL NEW YORK EMERGING MARKETS BENEFIT DINNER RAISES OVER $300,000 FOR CHILDREN'S CHARITIES

2000 em benefitNet proceeds of over $300,000 were raised at the Fourth Annual Emerging Markets Benefit for Children's Charities on December 7, 2000. The event, which was held at the Manhattan Center in New York City, immediately followed EMTA's Annual Meeting and drew a crowd of over 400 Emerging Markets professionals. In addition to ticket sales to the evening's dinner, a live auction also raised nearly $27,000. Members of the EM debt community bid on items ranging from a pair of boxing gloves signed by boxing champion Muhammad Ali (which brought in $5,000) to fellowships which will be used to help gain the release of abducted children in Uganda and purchase schoolbooks for Haitian children.

2000 EM Benefit 2Since 1997, over $1.5 million has been raised by the event and donated to the evening's three beneficiaries: Save the Children, the Women's Commission for Refugee Women & Children and the Children's Aid Society.

EMTA was pleased to be involved in planning the Benefit, which was underwritten by BNP Paribas. Sponsors and major donors included Cantor Fitzgerald, Deutsche Bank, ING Barings and J.P. Morgan, Salomon Smith Barney and UBS Warburg. Congratulations to Glenn Grossman and Mary Moglia (BNP Paribas) for yet another year of tireless dedication in spearheading this event.

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 1999 Charity Benefits 
  THIRD ANNUAL NEW YORK EMERGING MARKETS BENEFIT DINNER RAISES $370,000

EMTA was pleased to co-sponsor the 1999 annual Emerging Markets Charity Benefit, which was held on December 7 at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City. Approximately $370,000 was raised in support of The Children's Aid Society, Save the Children and the Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children. Other sponsors included BankBoston, Cantor Fitzgerald, ING Barings, Paribas, Deutsche Bank and J.P. Morgan. EMTA thanks all who supported the Benefit. Hats off to Glenn Grossman for his tireless efforts in coordinating and fundraising for this event. Arrangements for the 2000 Benefit (scheduled for December 2000 in New York City and tentatively scheduled in London for sometime in October) are already underway, and more details will be posted when they are available.

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