HRH Prince Emanuele Filiberto di Savoia to Attend Savoy Foundation’s 22nd Annual Savoy Ball Charity Gala in New York City Benefiting NY Foundling Summer Camp

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The American Foundation of Savoy Orders, Incorporated (Savoy Foundation) will host its 22nd annual Ballo di Savoia (Savoy Ball) on Saturday, December 14, 2019 in New York City. Guests of honor, H.R.H. Prince Emmanuel Philibert of Savoy and H.R.H. Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia, together with 350 patrons, benefactors and guests will raise funds for the Charity’s mission– Chivalry for Children’s Causes – supporting the NY Foundling’s Summer Camp Program.

2019 Ballo di Savoia (Savoy Ball) Annual Winter Gala Charity Ball

Chivalry For Children's Causes"

HRH Prince Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy, Prince of Venice and Prince of Piedmont, will be the guest of honor at the 22nd annual Ballo di Savoia charity gala on December 14, 2019 in New York City. The white and black-tie winter charity gala, taking place at the Metropolitan Club on Fifth Avenue, will benefit NY Foundling’s Camp Felix Program, which provides a summer camp experience for inner city foster-care children. Each $1,000 raised will sponsor one child. The Ballo di Savoia is organized by the American Foundation of Savoy Orders, which is supported by 200 knights and dames in the United States who are members of the American Delegation of Savoy Orders. The American Delegation is part of the historic dynastic and chivalric Orders of the thousand-year Royal House of Savoy, which united Italy as a kingdom between 1860 and 1871.

In additional to attending the Savoy Ball, the Prince, whose royal title is also Prince of Venice, will attend the American Foundation of Savoy Orders' inaugural cocktail reception for the newly established Savoy Orders Youth Program in the United States, on the evening of Thursday, December 12, 2019. The event is jointly sponsored with Savoy Venice Inc. which raises funds to preserve the artistic heritage of Venice. The Prince and the Dynastic Orders of the Royal House of Savoy stand in solidarity with Venice, the city of his namesake, which has recently suffered the second worst flood in 50 years.

Every year the Savoy Foundation raises critical revenue through gala ticket sales, program advertisements, sponsorships and contributions for its various philanthropic initiatives, particularly for children’s causes. Prior to Saturday’s evening Gala, a private reception for the Patrons and Benefactors will be held and a Welcome Reception on Friday evening, December 13 at the Lotos Club for guests attending the Savoy Ball.

For more information on supporting the Ballo di Savoia click here and the Fund-A-Need for Foster-care Children Summer Camp, click here

Larissa Van Duser, Executive Director, American Foundation of Savoy Orders, +1 212 972 0495

The Dynastic Orders of the Royal House of Savoy are among the oldest orders of Knighthood and Merit in the world. The Savoy Orders are headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland and have 35 Delegations worldwide that support the Orders’ ongoing charitable works. Their origins and their principles, traditions and humanitarian goals date back a thousand years. HRH Prince Victor Emmanuel of Savoy, Prince of Naples and Duke of Savoy, is Head of the House of Savoy and Grand Master of the Savoy Orders. Prince Emanuele Filiberto is his son and the hereditary crown Prince of Italy and currently serves as President of the Council of the Savoy Orders.

In 1946, when the Kingdom of Italy came to an end, the House of Savoy was the Europe’s oldest reigning dynasty. The heads of the House of Savoy had ruled, first as counts, then as dukes and finally as kings, for almost a thousand years. Descended in the direct male line from a tenth-century vassal of the Holy Roman Emperor, the Savoys ruled the Alpine state of Aosta, as well as Savoy, where they established their capital at Chambery. Their dominion was eventually extended to include Piedmont and other territories in what are now Italy, France and Switzerland. By the eighteenth century, the Savoys were kings of Sicily and then Sardinia, and it was under their aegis that the Italian states were united by 1871.

The Royal Family’s heritage can be seen in castles and palaces, and in the beauty of the northwestern Italian city of Turin, the Savoys' magnificent capital in the heart of Piedmont in the 16th into the 19th centuries. The dynastic chivalric traditions of the Royal House of Savoy continue. The Order of the Annunciation and the Order of Saints Maurice and Lazarus, two of the world's oldest knightly institutions, are still alive today, epitomizing the dynasty's medieval spirit while supporting very modern charitable works in Italy, Switzerland, France, Japan, the United States and elsewhere. Chivalry lives. Today, the House of Savoy remains one of the oldest royal dynasties.

Headquartered in New York City, the American Delegation of Savoy Orders, which includes the United States of America, is among the 35 delegations of the Savoy Orders located throughout Europe, the Americas and Japan.

The American Foundation of Savoy Orders, Incorporated, a tax-exempt 501 (c) (3) charitable organization, supports local, national, and international charities focusing on medical, educational, and humanitarian fields, including philanthropy for U.S. veterans, hospitals and relief agencies for children, the poor, sick and elderly. The Foundation is a Non-Governmental Organization in Roster Consultative Statues with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. In 2019, the Savoy Foundation launched a new charitable initiative - Chivalry for Children’s Causes - a multi-year program assistance to institutions and charitable organizations that provide aid to children and families in need, building stable, healthy families, whether enrichment spaces or basic meals for improved health and stable living conditions in economically disadvantaged environments. The program is made possible thanks to generous support from the members and friends of the American Delegation of Savoy Orders.

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