Night for the Children Gala in Monaco

Amber Valetta

Model and actress Amber Valletta is the celebrity
spokesperson for the Night for the Children Gala.

For only the second time in its 40-year history, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will be the beneficiary of an international fund-raising gala.

Night for the Children, the “world’s most glamorous gala,” will be held July 23, 2004, at the Monte-Carlo Sporting Club in Monaco. Hosted by La Maison de l’Amérique Latine de Monaco under the honorary presidency of H.S.H. Crown Prince Albert, the gala will celebrate Costa Rica and will benefit the St. Jude International Outreach Program and the hospital’s work in that country.

Amber Valletta, model, actress and St. Jude Professional Advisory Board member, will attend the event. Valletta attended the first St. Jude Monaco gala six years ago. “I was so honored to have been a part of this exciting event in 1998, and I’m thrilled St. Jude was invited to be the beneficiary again,” she said. “I’ve been to the hospital several times, and I’ve seen firsthand the work they’re doing to save the lives of children everywhere. It’s so important that we continue to support the research at St. Jude. I hope everyone that can attend will take the opportunity to join me at this glamorous event in Monaco.”

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering work in finding cures and saving children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. St. Jude has treated children from all 50 states and from 60 foreign countries, and the hospital freely shares its discoveries with scientific and medical communities around the world. St. Jude is the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatments that are not covered by insurance, and families without insurance are never asked to pay.

Since 2002, the St. Jude International Outreach Program has partnered with the Hospital Nacional de Niños (HNN) in Costa Rica. The partnership includes the training of Costa Rican physicians and nurses, development of a bone marrow transplant program at HNN and a visiting fellowship program whereby physicians, nurses and researchers spend several weeks at St. Jude to learn about the hospital’s approach to clinical research and patient care.

During the week of the gala, La Maison de l’Amérique Latine de Monaco, a foundation for the development of Latin America, will delight guests with Costa-Rican-themed events throughout Monaco, including an art exhibit and a culinary journey at the Café de Paris. The Friday night gala will feature dinner, entertainment, a live auction and a luxury raffle.

Tickets to the event are $1,000 with special VIP packages available. For ticket information, please call toll-free 888-346-6661 or visit The Night for the Children Gala is organized with the support of the Consulate General of Monaco in New York and the Monaco Government Tourist Office USA. For more information on Night for the Children Gala, or the Principality of Monaco, contact the Monaco Government Tourist Office at 212-286-3330 or 800-753-9696.


April 2004