The US Team 2018 of pioneering all-women rallye Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles du Maroc—the first international off-road rally race of its kind exclusively for women—hosted an event at Provençal restaurant MAMO in New York City to celebrate their journey to Morocco for the 28th Annual Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles du Maroc, which takes place March 16-31, 2018. The event celebrated the guests of honor, competitors Jazmin Grimaldi & Kiera Chaplin, Schanel B. & Pauline Ducret, Keanna Erickson-Chang & Claudia Barbera-Pullen, and Martine Taylor & Elena Sorre.
Guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’Oeuvres as they learned more about the event and the women competing. Notable attendees included: Jazmin Grace Grimaldi, Ian Mellencamp, Elena Sorre, Schanel Bakkouche, Keanna Erickson-Chang, Pauline Ducruet, Gaultier Desandre Navarre, Sarah Zendejas, Paul Trustfull, Brooke Bond, Maddy Karlsson and Danielle Harris.
The annual Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles du Maroc sees women ages 18 to 71 from more than 30 different countries taking to the Moroccan desert without GPS — relying only on old-fashioned navigation, completely off-road. Each vehicle is equipped with satellite tracking system, powerful enough to provide minute by minute tracking, so without seeing a vehicle for hours, the women are never alone. By the end of the experience, participants—known as “Gazelles”—have created adventure-filled new memories, deepened their bonds with their teammates, and pushed themselves further than they ever thought they could.
The Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles is also deeply committed to the well-being of the Moroccan people, as seen through the work of its non-profit, Cœur de Gazelles. In 2016, the organization’s 60-member team provided more than 4,000 medical consultations to the local population during the eight day competition. Additionally, the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles is dedicated to the environment—it is the world’s only motor rally with ISO 14001 Environmental Management Certification.
Photo Credit: Patrick McMullan
ABOUT Rallye Aïcha de Gazelles
The Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles du Maroc is the first women-only off-road rally in the world. Created in 1990, the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles has been creating a new vision of automobile competition: no speed and no GPS, just old-fashioned navigation, completely off-road—a return to the roots of adventure. The only requirement is determination. The women who take part in this rally—known as “Gazelles”—are of all ages, social backgrounds, nationalities and levels of off-road experience. Whether in a 4×4, Crossover, Quad, truck or motorbike, they all come to take part in a unique competition: whose competitors share the values of tolerance, solidarity and determination, that respects the host country and its people through the actions of the Rallye’s non-profit, Cœur de Gazelles, and that cares about the environment: the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles is the only automotive rally in the world with ISO 14001 certification.
While the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles marks a return to the roots of adventure, it is also on the cutting edge of technology, with a satellite tracking system for optimal safety. We have been putting forward a new vision of motor sport for years, with the development of an event where the adventure lies in driving without excessive speed, and where the goal of driving the shortest possible distance is in line with our environmental commitment.
For more information, please visit: http://www.RallyeAichadesGazelles.com/
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USA Contact: Brooke Bond
ABOUT Cœur de Gazelles
Coeur de Gazelles is a group of highly motivated volunteers working daily to provide people with the help they need. A registered non-profit organization since 2001, Coeur de Gazelles is committed to providing sustainable aid through concrete actions. Our cross-border efforts must remain strong to allow us to uphold our values and continue to help those who are the most in need.
Coeur de Gazelles works on projects that meet the needs of Morocco’s remote populations: medical care, education, the environment and sustainable development, job training for women, improving living conditions and a desire to spread joy by distributing donations. Our actions are established on a “human scale”: we work with the local population to address the source of the problem. We work with and for the most disadvantaged: our actions enable people to become agents of their own development. We work in a spirit of partnership: we do not create alternative structures; we strengthen and develop existing local ones. We work with low operating costs: all donations are used for the direct benefit of the population. Our actions are recognized by the Moroccan government: we work on legitimate projects in collaboration with local authorities.
For more information, please visit: http://www.coeurdegazelles.org/
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Located on West Broadway between Grand and Canal Streets, MAMO Restaurant is a purveyor of affectionate Italian and Provençal dining experience. MAMO is bringing a long tradition of Italian hospitality and Provençal charm to New York City’s SoHo neighborhood. MAMO, The New York outpost of Le Michelangelo, a 26-year-old staple located on the French Riviera, boasts new Executive Chef Salvatore Marcello, formerly of a number of high-profile European establishments, including the Rocco Forte hotels, the Richemond Hotel and il Vero at the Grand Hotel Kempinski in Geneva, Switzerland. Whether you prefer a relaxing night out with your closest friends, intimate gatherings, business meetings, or a grand cocktail party, you are certain to experience an unforgettable evening at MAMO and enjoy the incredible service and food. The menu incorporates a mix of classic family recipes as well as market specials. The restaurant’s design embodies the Riviera’s “sense of home” with a warm color palate, original family photos and oversized vintage movie posters. The multi-level restaurant offers an unforgettable experience where every single person is treated with affection and love.
For more information, please call (646) 964-4641 or visit http://www.mamonyc.com/