The FC Barcelona Foundation celebrated a benefit dinner at the Rockefeller Center in the New York to raise money for projects to be carried out in the USA. At the event, more than 250 guests took part in various auctions whilst at the same time mingling with the FC Barcelona first team and coaching staff. Also present were members of the Board of Directors and Thierry Henry and Juliano Belletti.
During the dinner there was an individual auction for various objects and memorabilia belonging to the players: Jackets that belonged to Messi, Piqué, Neymar and Luis Suárez as well as hats, footballs etc all signed by the players. Money raised from the sale of tickets will go the final total also.
Furthermore, there was a live auction for the public for various experiences, one of which involved meeting Eli Manning, quarterback for the New York Giants.
Present at the event were Chinese pianist Lang Lang, considered one of the best musicians in the world. There was a performance by rap artist Lupe Fiasco also.
On behalf of the first team captain Andrés Iniesta and Javier Mascherano spoke to show their support for the work being carried out by the FC Barcelona Foundation, including their efforts with the ‘FutbolNet’ program in public schools in the USA.