On Friday night I attended the Right To Play Ball charity event at the Shangri-La Hotel. You may have taken a peek at our Q&A with DJ Jojo Flores earlier that day; he was one of the DJs for the evening. Right to Play is a global organization that uses the power of play to educate and empower children facing adversity. Founded by Johann Olav Koss in 2000, this four-time Olympic gold medalist and social entrepreneur has a tremendous passion for helping kids build better futures through sports and games. After getting to speak with him about his organization, I felt humbled to be part of this special evening.
The event itself had an amazing vibe with all the fashionistas and financial socialites out and dressed to the nines. The evening was hosted by the Chair of Right to Play, Glen Baxter, who showed enormous passion for this organization and has raised money for it with his annual Hugo Boss sponsored photo exhibitions. He’s traveled to Benin, Ethiopia, Azerbaijan, Northern Canada and Liberia to spend time with Right To Play kids.
Everyone danced to the great sounds of DJ Jojo Flores, as well as DJ Tony Okungbowa (Ellen’s resident DJ), who I also got a chance to sit down with. The most special part of the evening was seeing the passion that all the people participating had for this organization. After speaking with them and some of the guests, I left with a similar feeling. I mean how can you not? Helping children learn, be healthy, be peaceful and build communities is a hugely important part of the future of the world. Kudos to Mr. Koss for starting Right to Play and building it to the degree it has arrived at. If you want to get involved, even in the smallest way, visit their website.
Here are a couple of snippets of the evening and interviews with Koss and DJ Tony…