Calvin Klein Inc. will present the first Save the Children benefit gala Oct. 1. The event will honor Hillary Rodham Clinton, Save the Children ambassador Jennifer Garner and PVH’s chairman and chief executive Manny Chirico among others. The crowd at the Cipriani 42nd Street event in New York will also celebrate the Bezos Family Foundation and the Tipton Elementary School’s early childhood coordinator Virginia Almeida.
NBC News correspondent and former First Daughter Jenna Bush Hager will act as host at the gathering, which is designed to bolster awareness for Save the Children and early childhood education programs in the U.S. In honor of the occasion, Save the Children will bestow five newly created awards — the National Legacy Award to former Secretary of State Clinton; National Child Advocate Award to Garner; National Responsibility Award to Chirico; National Humanitarian Award to Jackie Bezos on behalf of the Bezos Family Foundation, and the National Child Service Award to Almeida for her work on Tipton Elementary School’s “Early Steps to School Success Program” in Tipton, Calif.
Guests will also catch a performance by multiplatinum and Grammy-nominated recording artist Daughtry as well as a short Garner-produced film that documents the real-life story of a mother and child who have benefitted from Save the Children programs.
“Our philanthropic mission is championing causes that advocate women and children, so we are thrilled to be furthering our long-standing relationship with Save the Children,” said Chirico. “Over the past eight years, our organization and associates have raised over $3 million in support of Save the Children, and so I am especially honored to be recognized by this impactful organization and among such distinguished company.”
Mark Shriver, senior vice president of strategic initiatives at Save the Children, said, “We know from more than 80 years of experience, that early childhood education can ensure a brighter future for a child living in poverty. With nearly one in four children in the United States living in poverty today, there is an even greater urgency for increased investments in high-quality early learning programs. The gala will shine a spotlight on this need and, we hope, inspire Americans from all walks of life to take action.”