On Thursday 1st December, stars, footballers, leaders in business, media, and philanthropy came together at the Grassroot Soccer World AIDS Day Gala at Marylebone One in London to support the work to educate, inspire, and mobilize young people in challenging circumstances to live healthier lives.

More than 300 guests gathered and helped raise over £616,000, which will make a significant impact on the lives of thousands of youth.

Highlights of the event included an inspiring speech by Grassroot Soccer Ambassador and U.S. Women’s National Team player Christen Press, and an exciting live performance by multi-award-winning American singer Anastacia.

Hollywood actor and Manchester United fan, James Nesbitt, hosted a live question and answers session with thirteen-time Premier League winning manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

The former Manchester United manager said “Throughout my career in football, it was important to me that I never stopped learning, yet Grassroot Soccer’s footballing lessons transcend the love of the game into areas far more important than sport. AIDS is a deadly disease that affects millions of people around the world, and using football as a platform to educate, prevent its proliferation and save lives, is a cause that should unite the footballing community.”

Guests participated in a lively auction of prizes donated by ambassadors, supporters, and other high profiled celebrities, not to mention Foxes FC.

These included a leadership coaching session with the British Coxless 4 team members, a tennis lesson with Patrick Mouratoglou, Serena Williams’ coach, and an amazing luxury Maldives holiday donated by Soneva, to name a few.

Grassroot Soccer is incredibly thankful to all of their supporters who made the evening so impactful!