The other major events of the year

  • Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo
    Thursday, April 26, 2018
  • Monte-Carlo Sporting Summer Festival
    Thursday, June 28, 2018
  • Jumping International de Monte-Carlo
    Thursday, June 28, 2018
  • Concours International de Feux d'Artifice Pyromélodiques
    Saturday, July 21, 2018
  • Gala de la Croix Rouge Monégasque
    Friday, July 27, 2018
  • Monaco Yacht Show
    Wednesday, September 26, 2018
  • Festival International du Cirque
    Thursday, January 17, 2019
  • Le Rallye Monte-Carlo
    Monday, January 21, 2019
  • Spring Arts Festival
    Friday, March 15, 2019
  • Le Bal de la Rose
    Saturday, March 30, 2019
  • Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters
    Monday, April 15, 2019
  • Grand Prix de Formule 1 de Monaco
    Thursday, May 23, 2019

Gala de la Croix Rouge Monégasque

In the presence of H.S.H. Prince Albert II, Chair of the Monaco Red Cross, accompanied by H.S.H. Princess Charlene and H.R.H. Princess Caroline, this charity social event takes place every year in the Salle des Etoiles of the Sporting Monte-Carlo.

History of the Monaco Red Cross Ball

In 1948 the young Prince Rainier III of Monaco chaired the first Gala of the Monaco Red Cross, an organisation which had just been established by Prince Louis II of Monaco. The principle, of course, was to contribute to funding activity faithful to the spirit of the great humanist, Henry Dunant. That year, the star was none other than Maurice Chevalier. But each year, the programme rivals it in glamour, hosting a Christian Dior fashion show in 1952 and Zizi Jeanmaire in 1953.

Princess Grace’s Presidency

Ten years after its inauguration, the Gala of the Monaco Red Cross had a change of President… this time a woman: Princess Grace of Monaco. Under Her presidency, the Gala hosted such glamorous names as Ella Fitzgerald (1959), Sammy Davis Jr. (1961), Charles Trenet (1962), Sacha Distel (1963), Gilbert Bécaud (1968), Charles Aznavour (1970) and Shirley Bassey (1971).

Josephine Baker’s Comeback

1974 marked an important stage: the Gala took place in the new Monte-Carlo Sporting Club, providing a brand new stage for a great star making her final comeback: Josephine Baker. At the age of 68, totally broke, she returned to the stage a few months before her death.
In this new setting, Line Renaud (1975), Enrico Macias (1977), Gloria Gaynor (1979) and Franck Sinatra (1980) each took their turn…
In 1982, Princess Grace’s accidental death brought her son, Prince Albert, to take up the torch and it was under His Presidency that the Gala of the Monaco Red Cross welcomed Elton John (1984), Liza Minnelli (1989), Tina Turner (1980), Stevie Wonder (1994) and Lionel Richie (2004).
More than sixty years after its establishment, the Gala of the Monaco Red Cross remains an institution which is very much alive, hosting a living legend for its 2011 edition: Joe Cocker…

Charitable Action Par Excellence

This fabulous evening enables the Monaco Red Cross to express its gratitude to its generous donors, and pay tribute to the action undertaken with the help of the donations received: a means of funding its local and international activity.

A Glamorous Atmosphere and a Legendary Rendezvous

With its glamorous atmosphere and prestigious prizes…, the Gala starts with the traditional drawing of the tombola, followed by a lavish meal of summer flavours, at the end of which H.S.H. Prince Albert II opens the ball. The sounds of the concert in aid of the Monaco Red Cross then echo from the walls of the Salle des Etoiles…
Then, the traditional fireworks illuminate the sky of Monaco to the delight of the guests. A marvellous way for them to continue the evening of a Ball which still creates so many dreams …

For further information, go to the official site of the Monaco Red Cross.

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