Save the Children Fetes 100 years, Honors Disney’s Robert Iger in L.A. – WWD

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Save the Youngsters, the nonprofit that gives training, well being care, financial and emergency support for teenagers around the globe, raised $3.9 million at its second of two galas held at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills on Wednesday evening to mark its 100th 12 months.

“I’m there visiting all of these programs, so I take our fund-raising very personally, because I know what a difference every dollar makes,” Jennifer Garner, the host for the night and a trustee for the group, instructed WWD. “I know how beautifully this whole organization treats the money that comes our way and what a true difference we can make in the life of a child.”

It was clear how private it’s for Garner, who additionally attended Save the Youngsters’s first gala in New York Metropolis final month. The actress took her time on the crimson carpet to talk with reporters and pose for images. And whereas on stage, she even broke into tune to entertain the group — which included The Walt Disney Co.’s chief govt officer and the occasion’s centennial award honoree, Robert Iger.

“…Mister Iger, I hope you don’t mind, but I’m borrowing a little something from your library — maestro,” she cued, in Lanvin with a blinding necklace round her neck. Moments earlier than, Drew Carey had immediately interrupted her to current Garner with an award for the “millions” she has raised for the group.

“I wasn’t expecting that,” she mentioned, teary-eyed. “Thank you, Mr. Carey. Everyone at Save the Children is in so much trouble with me right now.”

The nonprofit, based in 1919 in the UK and now working in 120 international locations, obtained $2 million from Dubai Cares, the United Arab Emirates-based philanthropic group, and $10 million from the Bezos Household Basis, based by Jackie and Mike Bezos (mother and father of Amazon’s Jeff Bezos), towards their new Promise of Childhood marketing campaign, which hopes to safe a complete of $100 million, introduced Garner.

“May I just say, miss Jennifer Garner, what a beautiful job you did up here,” mentioned Oprah Winfrey, when it was her flip to take the stage. Garner grinned from the viewers. “Your commitment and enthusiasm makes me want to join Save the Children.”

Winfrey, who offered Iger his award, admitted she had been unfamiliar with the group. She got here, she mentioned, as a result of she was invited by Joe Roth — the cofounder of Morgan Creek Productions, earlier Walt Disney Studios govt and producer of the occasion — but in addition “because there is not a human being on the planet Earth that I hold in higher regard than Robert Iger. No one. And I’ll tell you the truth, this is not really where I intended to be tonight. I was hoping that this time, early fall, I’d be knocking on doors in Des Moines, wearing an Iger 2020 T-shirt, because I really do believe that Bob Iger’s guidance and decency is exactly what the country needs right now.”

The OWN govt lately interviewed Iger for her community and has been playfully advocating for his presidency, although he has no plans of working, he mentioned — as soon as extra.

Iger shared he was “reminded of something that Ronald Reagan said to Jimmy Carter in the 1980 presidential debate: ‘There you go again.’ Please, I am not about to become the 25th or 30th person seeking the presidency in 2020, but I certainly hope that whoever runs and whoever wins makes the safety and well-being of children the number-one priority.…Oprah, having you here tonight means a great deal to everyone in this room, particularly to Save the Children and of course to me.”

Save the Youngsters’s ceo Carolyn Miles mentioned Disney has been a companion, serving to fund initiatives, for 20 years.

“Bob Iger is somebody that much of Hollywood knows,” mentioned Miles. “His leadership of Disney has been amazing.…There’s so many people that because of Bob are coming tonight, because they want to know who is this organization that’s honoring him, and they have a deep admiration for him.”

“We’ve cut the child mortality rate in half in the last 20 years, a third less children are malnourished around the world, much better results on reading and literacy for kids everywhere,” she mentioned of the progress the group has made all through the years. “But you see that the poorest and the hardest-to-reach kids we still need to get to. In the United States, the biggest issue right now is world poverty. On the international side, it’s kids living in war zones. There are more kids living in war zones today than there have ever been, 420 million children. It stops education, health care. It kills children. That’s a very big issue for us this year.”

The dinner featured performances by a neighborhood and Ugandan kids’s choir, in addition to American singer-songwriter James Taylor. For a change, it was the older males within the room who had their iPhones out, as they recorded the Rock & Roll Corridor of Fame musician’s each be aware. Company included Harrison Ford, Calista Flockhart, Ellen Pompeo, Anthony Anderson, Warren Beatty, Karamo Brown, Joe Mantegna, Lake Bell, Derek Hough, Suki Waterhouse, Save the Youngsters ambassador Rachel Zoe and Wolfgang Puck, who shared the most important shock of the evening.

At 11 years outdated, Puck mentioned, he noticed the ocean for the very first time when Save the Youngsters took him, together with different youngsters, on a visit to the U.K.

“I look back often and say, ‘How did that happen that Save the Children chose me?’” mentioned the famend chef, who shared he got here from humble beginnings. “I was the luckiest guy, because I really saw [that] there’s something more than just the hills in Austria, where I grew up. And it wasn’t like ‘The Sound of Music’ where I grew up for sure.…They helped me to discover the world.”


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