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 and Documentary Director, Natalie Hewit will join him for a fireside chat.

Mr. Lamont graduated in Russian Studies from Aberdeen University. After four years in the British motor industry (British Leyland) 1970-74, he joined Her Majesty’s Diplomatic Service, serving from 1974 to 2006. He had postings in Austria, the Soviet Union, Berlin (through the Fall of the Wall), and on secondment to the Office of the High Representative in Bosnia & Herzegovina. His first Head of Mission appointment was as Ambassador to Uruguay (1991-94).


In 1999 Donald was appointed Governor of the Falkland Islands and Commissioner for South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, serving until 2002. He subsequently served three years (2003-2006) in Caracas as Ambassador to Venezuela. After retirement, he was appointed Chief Executive of Wilton Park (2007-2009). He now serves as the chairman of the Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust and was responsible for planning the incredibly complex Endurance22 Expedition from the very beginning!

Dr. Shears is a polar geographer and expedition leader with over 30 years experience of working in both Antarctica and the Arctic. He was the expedition leader of Endurance22.

Born in the Falkland Islands, Mensun Bound is a maritime archaeologist with over 40 years experience of directing wreck searches, surveys and excavations worldwide. He was the Triton Fellow in Maritime Archaeology at St. Peter’s College, Oxford. He was the Director of Archaeology on Endurance22.

Natalie Hewit has been making films for major terrestrial and international broadcasters for over 10 years. Her work has won an RTS Award and a Broadcast Award, and has been nominated for a BAFTA and a Grierson, as well as two further nominations for “Best Documentary” at the Broadcast Awards. She is passionate about human stories and has a wealth of experience of filming in extreme environments. This is her second visit to Antarctica, having spent 3 months filming at Halley Research Station for the BBC. She was the documentary director on Endurance22.

Nico is a Subsea engineer, surveyor and AUV/ROV manager, he managed the COMEX Marine Operations Department in the 1990s for over 15 years. He then joined Subsea Resources PLC, specializing in Ultra deep water salvage as Operations Manager. With his 30 years of experience, Nico is today Deep Ocean Search Ltd Operation Manager and is qualified to carry out any unusual special subsea projects. He was Endurance22's Sub-Sea Manager.



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. 


Can't make it to the event? 


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!