Oh, what a night! From the regal ambiance of the historic Capitale, venue for this year's annual Bpeace Gala, to the post-dinner "Happy" flashmob, full of Bpeacers showing off their best dance moves, the 2014 Gala was truly a night to remember.

On the afternoon of May 1st, excited volunteers and staff bustled around the event premise to set the stage for a perfect evening. This year’s theme was “Passport to Peace.” Guests took a journey to Afghanistan, El Salvador, Guatemala and Rwanda all while being fabulous in downtown Manhattan and supporting Bpeace’s mission of creating jobs in these conflict-affected regions. A silent auction and cocktail hour kicked off the night, jump starting everyone into high spirits.

Bpeace CEO Toni Maloney welcomed the 200 guests. Later, Board Co-chair Kate Buggeln emphasized the connection among jobs, opportunity, and the “pursuit of happiness,” with a serious lead-in to a surprising treat. Fast Runner entrepreneurs and their employees all contributed to a video set to the popular Pharrell song, “Happy.” They did their best “happy dance” around offices, conference rooms and production areas demonstrating exactly what Bpeace stands for—happiness through job growth.

Enjoy the Video:

As if it wasn’t moving enough to see the enormous smiles of all the people Bpeace has reached, Bpeacers who were in on the secret stood up at the end of the video and danced their way to the stage, ramping up the excitement for the live auction to follow.

Auctioneer Alan Kalter, the voice of the Late Show with David Letterman, teamed up with Jay O. Sanders, actor and Bpeace member, to auction a special Mother’s Day Greeting. They entertained the crowd all while raising funds for Bpeace. As with the entire evening, they demonstrated that here at Bpeace, work and fun need not be kept separate and that in fact something as simple as a job can make the elusive goal of happiness a reality.

The most emotional part of the evening was the video profiling Gabriella Maldondo, one of Bpeace's Guatemalan Fast Runner entrepreneurs, who created a business producing pre-K educational materials, pioneering a new approach that involves not only toddlers and teachers, but families as well. Gaby's books, videos and teaching aids reach 40,000 Guatemalan children. She is on a mission to reach all of Guatemala's rural areas where most schools lack books.

Enjoy the Video:


Creating jobs through better education for Guatemalan children from BpeaceHQ on Vimeo.


Silent and Live Auction Donors
Alan Kalter
Bag The Habit
BetterBody Cathy Weiss
Blue Apron
Blue Marble Ice Cream
Bradford Renaissance Portraits Corp
Brooklyn Brine
Cecily Strong
Channing Daughters Winery
Cody Hoyt
Col. Jeff Peterson
Cosmopolitan Las Vegas
Dana Kuznetzkoff
David Montieth
DelGrosso Foods
Donna Fleetwood
Ed Burns and Maribeth Fox
ellenkaplowitzphotography com
Estee Lauder Companies
Global Goods Partners
Gramercy Tavern
ilexi art
Jay O Sanders
Jennifer Halsey & Arbonne International 
Judi Powers Jewelry
Kandahar Treasure
Kenneth Cole
Kramer Portraits New York
Late Night With Seth Meyers
Laura Godfrey
Laura Rosenthal Casting
League of Kitchens
Lily-Hayes Kaufman
Lisa Dubin
Liz Pulver Design
Luce Restaurant and Enoteca
Maribeth Fox
meetmrsmith.com, The Online Liquor Destination
Michele and Jake Lindsay
MZ Wallace
New Jersey Performing Arts Center
New York Water Taxi
Nina Picon
Palwasha Siddiqi
Peanuts Worldwide
Randy Browning
Rick Perkal
Santa Croce
Stuart Weitzman
Susan Arnot Heaney & Avon Products, Inc.
Texas de Brazil
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
The Great Lerdini
The Late Show with David Letterman
The Vitamin Shoppe
Ursula Stephen The Salon
Willie Geist and The Today Show
Gala Committee
Jennifer Bayne
Samantha Bell
Rachel Chachoua
Ayanna Gabriel
Kati Kargman
Reena Krishnan
Lisa Linhardt
Leslie Pesante
Christina Rodriguez
Katie Vivian
Liz Wald
Gala Creative Director
Oyster Studio
Jeremy Danneman
Jay & Lee - Rumba Flamenca
Jazzmen Lee-Johnson
Laurie Chock
Dylan Pinter
Thom Herron
Camera One
Catch the Moment
Gala volunteers
Diana Binger
Ann-Elise Francis
Ayanna Gabriel
Javier Garcia
Kati Kargman
Dara Kessler
Kathryn Lerner
Lisa Linhardt
Kristell Milan
Ilene Moyher
Meave Murphy
Monica Quintero
Christina Rodriguez