On November 6, we hosted our 2014 Annual Awards Ceremony to honor six of the bravest people we know: the 2014 Honorees. It was an unforgettable evening in one of New York City’s finest venues — 583 Park Avenue — where guests gathered to celebrate their heroic work and change the lives of even more children. Because of supporters like you, we raised $1,300,000 — every penny of which will support and advance the work of our Honorees, bringing hope, healing and comfort to some of the world’s most vulnerable children.
Because of generous sponsors like you, we raised $1.3 million for the world’s most vulnerable children. Funding will support the high-impact programs of the 2014 World of Children Award Honorees.
Guests included leaders from major fashion houses, Wall Street and international corporations, and celebrities like Marlo Thomas, Adam Shulman and Anne Hathaway, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, celebrity ambassador Stephanie March and news correspondent Alina Cho.
Guests joined us for an energetic cocktail hour before the ceremony, where they mixed and mingled, sampled appetizers and met our Honorees in person.
Actress Stephanie March and news correspondent Alina Cho hosted the Awards Ceremony. Lauren Bush Lauren, recipient of the 2013 Advocacy Award, returned to present the Lifetime Achievement Award to actress Marlo Thomas. Jim Gold, President and Chief Merchandising Officer of Neiman Marcus, received our Board of Governors’ Award.
Last year, our generous sponsors and guests made a lasting difference in the lives of vulnerable children. Here are just a few ways that their support is bringing hope, healing and comfort to children around the world:
Rescuing Street Children. Gregory John Smith is using his grant funding to provide life-changing scholarships to children living on the streets of Brazil, helping them break the cycle and get on a path to self-betterment and success.
Saving a Child’s Life. Kenro Izu is using his funding to construct a brand-new children’s hospital in Laos. He’s bringing the same strategy and efforts to this new hospital as the one he created in the 1990s that transformed pediatric healthcare in Cambodia.
Educating Poverty-stricken Girls. Mary Grace Henry is using her grant to expand her efforts of funding girls’ education in Africa. Her successful social business, Reverse The Course, empowers young girls to become agents of positive change in their families and communities.
Ending Bullying. For Good. Jaylen Arnold is using his funding to spread his anti-bullying message to more children across the United States by helping students appreciate each other’s unique differences.
Creating Bright Futures for At-risk Youth. Chaim Peri was first honored in 1998 as the first Humanitarian Award Honoree. This year, we honor him again for his lifetime of service to at-risk and displaced youth in Israel and beyond.
All guests at the Awards Ceremony were given the opportunity to make a donation during dinner and receive one of our signature keys, symbolizing how their generous gift will unlock the future for a child.
For two years, World of Children Award has been fortunate to work with collaborators Heidi Nahser Fink and Adam Shulman of James Banks Design. Their modern, handcrafted jewelry features collectable pieces composed of mixed metals accented with gems.
“To compliment last year’s key necklace, we wanted to continue the World of Children Award’s legacy efforts to move our future forward with two additional pieces of jewelry.” said Shulman. ” This year we have created a lock pendant that symbolizes the future for many children, depicting a child’s heart, hope and the young lives that will be changed by the great work by the entire World of Children Award family.” He continued, “Adding to the legacy collection, we have also added cuff links that symbolize children reaching out in search of a successful future.”