2017 World of Children Hero Awards, LA

Lily Aldridge with the Honorees | Photo: Randy Shropshire/Getty Images for World of Children
Affair: 2017 World of Children Hero Awards

When: Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Hot Spot: Montage Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA

World of Children®, a global recognition and funding organization for individuals exclusively serving the needs of vulnerable children, held the 2017 World of Children Hero Awards atMontage Beverly Hills. Hosted by Brooke Burke-Charvet, the evening recognized four extraordinary individuals for their work with children in various parts of the world. Funds raised at the event will benefit the World of Children Honorees to continue their outstanding work with children.
  • Dr. Jumana Odeh founded The Palestinian Happy Child Centre in 1994 in Ramallah to provide treatment and care to children with trauma and neurological disorders, as well as learning and developmental disabilities.
  • Dr. Jorge Rojas-Zegers founded COANIQUEM in his native Chile to provide young burn victims throughout Latin America comprehensive rehabilitation treatment free of charge.
  • Meghan Pasricha co-founded Global Youth H.E.L.P Inc. in 2003 to harness the power of youth by developing a global network of passionate youth leaders dedicated to creating positive change through health, education, and leadership programs. 
Event Highlights:

- It was a family affair for emcee Brooke Burke-Charvet as she was joined by her husband, actor David Charvet, and children Rain Charvet and Shaya Charvet. Rain and Shaya along with Rachel Roy’s daughter Tallulah Dash were among the World of Children Young Award Presenters that celebrated the Honorees by escorting them to the stage and presenting them with their 2017 World of Children Medal and certificate.

- New parents Amanda Seyfried and Thomas Sadoski attended to support their friend Crisis Award Honoree & CNN Senior International Correspondent Arwa Damon. The couple enjoyed their night out and graciously took photos with the World of Children Young Award Presenters on the carpet.

- World of Children, celebrating its 20th year, officially announced that internationally renowned model and child advocate Lily Aldridge Followill was named World of Children Ambassador.

- Through her ambassadorship, she will share stories and inspire support for World of Children as she travels the globe. This volunteer position aligns with Lily’s philosophy of lending her heartfelt voice and actions to positively impact the lives of vulnerable children.

- During the awards program, Lily Aldridge Followill presented World of Children’s inaugural Crisis Award to Arwa Damon, co-founder of INARA, for providing life-altering medical care for children with catastrophic injuries in Syria and other war-torn areas.

- Joining Lily to present the Award was Yousef, a young burn victim from Iraq who inspired Arwa to form INARA after she covered his story on CNN. Yousef gave a moving speech and shared how without Arwa’s help he wouldn’t be here today.

- Arwa Damon’s Award includes funding raised in collaboration with U.S. Fund for UNICEFand Rachel Roy's birthday campaign, which also helped fund the Crisis Award to help the children of Syria.

- Each Honoree received a specially designed James Banks Design medal and a cash grant to continue their outstanding work with children.

- The Carlthorp School Chorus welcomed guests with a performance of World of Children Anthem Can You Hear, which was written 20 years ago especially for World of Children by Victor Alexeeff when he had recently immigrated to the US.

- During dinner, Lily Aldridge Followill purchased some of the latest pieces from the “Unlock the Future” jewelry collection made exclusively for World of Children by Heidi Nahser Fink and Adam Shulman of James Banks Design.

- The 2017 World of Children Hero Awards raised more than $350,000 for vulnerable children.

About World Of Children
World of Children is led by Founders Harry Leibowitz and Kay Isaacson-Leibowitz, retired senior executives from Procter & Gamble and Victoria’s Secret respectively. Since they founded the organization in 1998, with the goal of setting the gold standard in child advocacy award programs, World of Children has granted more than $9 million in cash grants and program support to more than 100 Honorees who are the driving force behind programs that have served tens of millions of children worldwide.

Spotted: Attendees at the event included Amanda Seyfried (The Last Word) and husband Thomas Sadoski (Life in Pieces), Award Presenter Lily Aldridge Followill (World of Children Ambassador, Honorary Chair), Emcee Brooke Burke-Charvet (Actress, TV Personality, and CEO of ModernMom) with husband David Charvet and their daughter Rain Charvet and son Shaya Charvet, Award Presenter Alyssa Milano(Actress, Producer, Entertainer, Philanthropist) with husband Dave Bugliari, Rachel Roy (Fashion Designer, Honorary Chair) with her daughters Ava Dash and Tallulah Dash, Honorary Speaker Caryl M. Stern (President and CEO – U.S. Fund for UNICEF), Kay Isaacson Leibowitz and Harry Leibowitz (World of Children Co-Founders, Event Co-Chairs), Award Presenter Cade Hudson (CAA Agent, Honorary Chair), David Salzman (Producer, Honorary Chair), Heidi Nahser-Fink (James Banks Design Co-Founder & Designer), Veronica Grazer (Honorary Chair, Board Member), and more.

Hint For The Average Socialite: Tables and sponsorships are available for purchase.

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