Going Wild at the Explorer’s Club

by Michael Gross Photographed by Annie Watt
Friday, April 21, 2017
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Empowers Africa, a non-profit foundation that supports programs in Sub-Saharan Africa, held its annual gala dinner at The Explorers Club in New York City on April 20th, 2017. The
event raised nearly USD 200,000 for human empowerment and wildlife protection programs in Africa.

Master of Ceremonies for the evening was Richard Wiese, Host and Producer of ABC series “Born to Explore”. The auctioneer was Patricia Glass, Senior Vice President at Morgan Stanley. Guests included Michael Corbat, Chief Executive Officer of Citigroup and event Co-chairs Nina Griscom, Bonnie Pfeifer Evans, Delia von Neuschatz, Christine Mack and Laura Nicklas.

Two members of The Black Mamba APU, Africa’s only majority female anti-poaching unit, Leitah Mkhabela and Nkateko Mzimba, were honored, along with Craig Spencer, Head Warden of the Balule Nature Reserve and Director of Transfrontier Africa. The 36-member Black Mamba team protects approximately 50,000 hectares in five different regions of Olifants West Region of the Balule Nature Reserve in South Africa. The Reserve is a proud custodian of the black and white rhinoceros who interact freely as part of the Greater Kruger National Park meta-population of rhino.


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