Novak Djokovic shook off the disappointment of a 5-set loss to Andy Murray in the US Open final Monday by hosting his first ever inaugural charity gala dinner Wednesday night in New York City.
Held at Capitale, the event attracted many big celebrities including Andy Garcia, fashion top model Anja Rubik, Sasha Knezevic, famous designers Donna Karan and Tommy Hilfiger, movie producer Milutin Gatsby, Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson and John McEnroe.
The dinner and auction raised $1,400,000 toward his foundation .
“What we want to do with our Foundation is to help and raise the awareness in Serbia of the pre-school education, and try to enable kids to have access to sport activities, facilities, to better nutrition, better education. This is the first event, so we are all very excited for it,” Djokovic said. “In partnership with UNICEF, we’re trying to achieve a lot, and to bring happiness and joy to our kids.”
The Novak Djokovic Foundation enables children from disadvantaged communities to grow up, play and develop in stimulating, creative and safe environments, with strategic community facility planning, development and financing, whilst instilling respect and consideration for their surroundings. The Foundation’s mission is to alleviate the suffering of children – especially in Novak’s native Serbia – whether from the lack of nutrition, education, from illness, or loss of family by providing necessary supplies and services to both communities and individuals.
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