Place for Peace
Dinner and Auction

On September 27 2019, during the week of the United Nations General Assembly, WPDI will hold a gala dinner in New York City, to raise awareness on the crucial role of youth in peace building and sustainable development.

The WPDI Place for Peace Gala is about paying tribute to young people who fight for peace and development in some of the most difficult and dangerous places around the world. The vision of Forest Whitaker for peace and youth empowerment has received the support of many leading figures who have joined the “Place for Peace” host committee. From the Arts world – Leonardo Di Caprio, Eva Longoria and Trudie Styler -, humanitarian action – Nobel Peace Laureate Prof. Muhammad Yunus -, the private sector – Hans Vestberg, CEO of Verizon and WPDI Board Member -, and the policy environment – Jendayi Frazer, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs.

Participants at the dinner will have the opportunity to live a unique experience and contribute to making change happen in vulnerable communities in Africa and the Americas. The dinner will host around 300 guests and feature a silent auction, a VIP reception, sumptuous dinner, and an inspiring evening program. WPDI youth leaders will take the stage to share their personal stories of success. WPDI has also invited notable artists to perform at the event, including Jazmine Sullivan and Samm Henshaw. Famous Ugandan singer, Sam Okello, will also perform with his Mizzi Ensemble. Sam is himself a former child soldier – who eventually founded an orphanage for youth who had faced the same fate, demonstrating that there is talent to tap even in the most seemingly desolate places. The evening will be crowned by a live auction to raise funds for WPDI and its work (click here for the list of all auction items).



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An evening to support the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative‘s mission of helping societies impacted by violence and conflict transform into more safer, prosperous and resilient communities.

Attendees are expected to include a high-profile group of top philanthropists, world leaders, officials, celebrities and WPDI friends and partners.

If you would like to attend, sponsor and be recognized in an evening to remember, we have four varying levels of sponsorship available for this year’s Gala.

All Gala sponsors receive a commensurate level of benefits, before and during the Gala.


$ 100, 000$ 25, 000$ 50, 000$ 10, 000