July 20, 2022

6:00 P.M. - 9:30 P.M.


The Loeb Boathouse

Central Park, New York City


Dress Code: Summer Casual

Extra points for nautical flair!

This summer, Reach the World will take Annual Benefit guests to Antarctica, simulating the experiences of tens of thousands of students who joined Reach the World's Endurance22 virtual exchange program. Annual Benefit guests will receive a series of emails leading up to the event, giving guests an opportunity to engage and learn about Endurance22 through three themes - Adventure, STEM and Social Studies.


The Annual Benefit is Reach the World's biggest event of the year. It brings together the Reach the World community to connect in person, celebrate an outstanding leader who is pushing the boundaries of storytelling and exploration, and raise funds for Reach the World's programs. The event includes a cocktail hour, dinner, award ceremony, fireside chat and silent auction in Central Park, New York City. 




Photo credit: Esther Horvath


The Endurance22 expedition, an initiative of the Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust, enabled tens of thousands of students around the globe to participate in the historic discovery of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s lost ship, Endurance . A global team of explorers set out to locate, survey and film the shipwreck in the Weddell Sea, Antarctica, in February 2022. They engaged students every step of the way through Reach the World’s virtual exchange program. The expedition’s commitment to storytelling and education made it possible for a new generation of students, including those in communities that may experience isolation or exclusion, to connect with Ernest Shackleton’s legacy of leadership, draw inspiration from world-class explorers and experience the Antarctic environment.  Read the press release here  


Donald Lamont, Chairman of the Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust, will accept the award on behalf of the Endurance22 expedition team during the event. Expedition Leader, John Shears, Documentary Director, Natalie Hewit, and Sub-Sea Manager, Nico Vincent will join him for a fireside chat.

Donald Lamont is Chairman of the Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust. Mr. Lamont is a career diplomat who--in addition to postings in Europe, Asia and South America--served as Governor of the Falkland Islands and Commissioner for South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands from 1999 to 2002. Mr. Lamont played an instrumental role in the 2019 discovery of the German battleship SMS Scharnhorst , and most recently, he coordinated all aspects of the successful Endurance22 Expedition.

Dr. John Shears was Expedition Leader of the Endurance22 Expedition. Dr. Shears is a polar geographer and environmental scientist with more than 30 years of experience in both the Antarctic and Arctic with the British Antarctic Survey and the Scott Polar Research Institute at the University of Cambridge. In 2019, Dr. Shears received the Polar Medal from Her Majesty the Queen for outstanding achievement and service in the field of polar research.

Natalie Hewit was Documentary Director for the Endurance22 Expedition. Ms. Hewit is an award-winning film producer and director who is passionate about human stories and has a wealth of experience filming in extreme environments. Her previous work includes “Antarctica: Ice Station Rescue”, which tells the story of a mission to move Britain’s state-of-the-art Antarctic research base off a collapsing ice shelf.

Nico Vincent was Sub-Sea Project Manager of the Endurance22 Expedition. Mr. Vincent is a renowned sub-sea engineer, surveyor and manager of autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) and remotely-operated vehicle (ROV) teams. As Operations Manager for Deep Ocean Search, Mr. Vincent specializes in ultra-deep and unusual underwater projects, pushing the boundaries of what is possible in underwater exploration.



Reach the World's 2022 Silent Auction is now live. Bidding ends at 8:10 PM on July 20. Visit the auction and place your bids here .



Ticket Details


TABLES (8 Guests)

Trailblazer Table - $10,000

Explorers Table - $5,000

Travelers Table - $2,000


Trailblazers Ticket - $1,050

Explorers Ticket - $500

Travelers Ticket - $300

Young Professionals Ticket (35 and under) - $200

Sponsor a Teacher Ticket* - $200

* Provides an educator a ticket to the event.

For tax purposes, $145 per ticket is non-deductible. For more information, please call Reach the World at (212) 288-6987 or email rtwinfo@reachtheworld.org. 


Choose a Theme


With the purchase of an Annual Benefit ticket, guests will receive emails leading up to the event that simulate the unique classroom experience that Reach the World provided throughout the Endurance22 virtual exchange . Available themes:


Please choose your theme during the checkout process. 




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Sponsor the Event


If you would like to sponsor or make a donation to the silent auction, details are available in the sponsorship package . Please email rtwinfo@reachtheworld.org if you have any questions. Thank you for your support!