Gala raises money for children in need


Save the Children president and CEO Carolyn Miles of Fairfield and Save the Children Board of Trustee Anne Mulcahy of Southport are shown here with Save the Children’s animal ambassador, Lassie, at the organization’s annual gala in New York City.

Save the Children, an independent organization for children in need in the United States and around the world, held its second annual Save the Children Illumination Gala at The Plaza Hotel in New York City on Nov. 19.

Hosted by Save the Children artist ambassador and trustee Jennifer Garner, the event honored Ben Affleck, The Right Honorable Tony Blair, Austin Hearst, T.J. Maxx and more. Grammy Award-winning vocalist Trisha Yearwood performed.

The gala benefited the organization’s efforts to give more children a stronger start in life by helping end preventable maternal, newborn and child deaths and supporting early childhood education.

In celebration of the occasion, Save the Children honored Ben Affleck, Global Child Advocate Award; Tony Blair, Global Legacy Award; Austin Hearst, National Humanitarian Award; T.J. Maxx, National Responsibility Award; Bangladesh paramedic Aziza Begum, Global Child Service Award; and Save the Children’s Long Island and Greenwich leadership councils, National Voices for Children Award.

“This year’s gala honorees share an unwavering commitment to giving children living in the poorest, toughest places on earth a stronger start in life,” said Carolyn Miles, Save the Children president and chief executive officer. “Through their work, more babies and toddlers are getting the right health care, early learning opportunities and a greater chance to reach their full potential. The event was a special evening that shined the spotlight on the outstanding achievements of our guests of honor.”

Johnson & Johnson announced a $10 million global partnership with Save the Children that has the potential to help millions of children over the next three years. The multi-year commitment will cover core mission support, program support to improve newborn survival, local activation and gift-in-kind services.

The gala was presented by Johnson & Johnson. For more information, visit

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