Our friends at the Huffington Post made their own news at the Garden Brunch supporting CURE Epilepsy and The White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood. Enjoy these interviews of two longtime WRA supporters Arianna Huffington, Matthew Morrison and “Scandal” star Kerry Washington. Read full story HERE.
As part of their “Education for All” campaign, the Office of Gordon & Sarah Brown announced a new initiative to get the 67 million children in the world without any formal schooling into education. (We previously reported on the Brown’s efforts when Sarah spoke at the Women in the World Summit.) Their effort will focus on the one million children in South Sudan who are not in school – a larger proportion of children out of school than almost any other country in the world.
“Education for All” will call on the World Bank’s Global Partnership for Education (GPE) who meet next week and will have the opportunity to approve the education plan for the newest country in the world. The campaign launch includes “The Sudan Report: Investing In A Better Future” and an Avaaz campaign to “Send 1 Million Kids to School.”
International Women’s Day finally has a global powerhouse to champion, Tina Brown, editor-in-chief of The Daily Beast and Newsweek and one of the greatest women’s voices in the United States and around the world. The Women in the World Summit was launched by Brown and joining with her were Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, Sarah Brown, wife of former UK Prime Minister, Gordon Brown and maternal health advocate, Meryl Streep and Diane von Furstenberg. The gathering included women of all generations talking about issues that rarely make it into the headlines.
Juju Chang led the “Girls Can Change the World” panel with Sarah Brown, Dr. Ida Odinga, wife of Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga, and Shelly Esque discussing the need for a global education plan for all children, especially girls. During the panel, Sarah Brown, a global patron of the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood, spoke on the recent release of her campaign launched with her husband to reduce the number of child brides. The report shows that 1.5 million girls are married at age 15 or younger every year but “if that girl is in school, she’s not out there married or facing… any of the other things that might come her way,” says Brown.
Dr. Odinga and Brown also talked about their new initiative, Educators Without Borders, which looks “at the 300,000 children who are coming as refugees across the Somalian border into Kenya [and sets up] an early pilot program to create essentially pop-up schooling” for children who will be there for many years.” They are working with government and non-profits to raise the rates of girls education in post-conflict zones. “Some [children] are as old as 13 years and have never seen the inside of a classroom” said Odinga when talking about the young refugees.
Watch the video of the panel below:
The last day of the conference included an exciting keynote by Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton who was surprise-introduced by Oscar winner, Meryl Streep. Also in attendance were Angelina Jolie, former house speaker Nancy Pelosi, Oprah, Chelsea Clinton, Barbara Bush, Lauren Bush Lauren, Kim Cattrall, Desiree Gruber and many more!
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Cafe Milano’s Franco Nuschese welcomed guests to his Georgetown restaurant last night to honor former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates at the Courage and Compassion Award Dinner. Fox News’ Bret Baier emceed the event which was held in support of U.S. Navy SEALs, highlighting the work of the armed forces and their families.
Nuschese called Gates “one of America’s finest patriots” and talked about the causes supported by the evening, including the Navy SEAL Foundation, the Light of Healing Hope Foundation and the Chief James E. Whitehead, Sr. (JROTC) Scholarship Foundation.
Vice Admiral Albert Calland III, USN (Ret.), Chairman of the Navy SEAL Foundation, and Alexandra Villard de Borchgrave, President of the Light of Healing Hope Foundation, were on hand to present the award to Robert Gates. General James L. Jones, USMC (Ret.) accepted the award on Gates’ behalf, remarking that the Secretary would appreciate the compassion side of the award. “Since the end of world war II… it’s the compassion of men and women in uniform that have really contributed greatly to what this nation is today and probably will be tomorrow,” said Jones.
Keynote speaker Rear Admiral Garry J. Bonelli commented on how a great number of those enlisted today are either married or married with children, therefore creating new motivations and a “new operational imperative” which is family resiliency. Bonelli says it’s important to do everything we can to take care of the the “other 50% of our fighting forces,” the spouses and families.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Navy SEALs, which were started by John F. Kennedy, and have since served on all major military campaigns. The SEALs’ mission is to remain unnoticed but they garnered worldwide attention this past year when SEAL Team 6 took down Osama bin Laden. Baier, who has covered both the Pentagon and the White House, stated that the Navy SEALs “have deployed more often, and fought more close fights, celebrated successes and mounted more losses than any other military unit that has seen combat action since the events of 9-11.”
A trailer of the new movie Act of Valor, which has characters portrayed by active duty Navy SEALs, was played for the crowd. Baier called the movie “very powerful…you see in there that each segment meets the actual Navy SEAL effort, the unconditional courageous compassionate dedication to duty not only for them, but their families.”
The night was topped off with a musical performance by world renown Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo, giving his first-ever performance of the Star Spangled Banner.
Check out photos from the night here here:
The work of Global Health Corps was honored at a reception with GHC CEO and Co-Founder Barbara Bush, Thursday evening at the historic Jefferson Hotel.
GHC believes that a global movement of individuals and organizations fighting for improved health outcomes and access to healthcare for the poor is necessary in order to change the unacceptable status quo of extreme inequity. GHC works to strengthen this movement by recruiting, training, and supporting future leaders, providing opportunities for young professionals from diverse backgrounds to work on the frontlines of the fight for global health equity in year-long fellowships.
The exclusive reception in D.C. included remarks by former First Lady Laura Bush, as well as Barbara Bush, co-host Ambassador Mark Dybul, Ambassador Melanne Verveer and GHC fellow Lilly Bertz.
Guests included Dr. Anthony Fauci, Ambassador Eric Goosby, Jen Kaplan, Susan McCue, Jim Jones, Ana Morse, Bob Barnett, Betsy Fischer, Ed and Shirley Henry, and Robert Higdon and David Deckelbaum.
The Exxon Mobil Foundation announced today a $250,000 grant to GHC launch the ExxonMobil Fellowships in Global Health. Eight young professionals are to be chosen for skills-based, year-long fellowships grant to GHC to work on the frontlines of pressing global health issues.
HONORARY EVENT CHAIRS were The Honorable Joshua Bolten, The Honorable Stephen Hadley, Constance Milstein de La Haye St. Hilaire, and The Honorable Condoleezza Rice and a hist of Congressional biggies. The co-hosts were Dr. Mark Dybul, Anita McBride, David Vennett, Gordon Johnroe and Tammy Haddad.
Susan G. Komen for the Cure honored Sarah Brown, wife of former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, for her Global Leadership. Their annual gala, took place at the Kennedy Center and also honored Dr. Charles M. Perou, Ph.D. for Scientific and Medical, Dr. Ellen V. Sigal, Ph.D. for Advocacy, Dr. Sandra M. Swain, M.D. for Community and First Lady Betty Ford was posthumously honored with the Lifetime Achievement award, which was accepted by her daughter Susan Ford Bales. The event was hosted by NBC’s Hoda Kotb and featured performances by Natasha Bedingfield, Miri Ben-Ari, Afro Blue, and Denyce Graves-Montgomery.
Across town at the Building Museum, the International Women’s Forum presented super-model Heidi Klum with the Hall of Fame Award. Afterwards, Brown and Klum gathered with friends at the Jefferson Hotel – check out the full story in The Washington Post’s Reliable Source.
Powerhouse New York Designer Tory Burch, joined Washington’s powerhouse women at her newly opened Tysons boutique along with hosts Dr. Elena Allbritton, Norah O’Donnell, and Catherine Reynolds to host a reception to benefit the Rebecca Project for Human Rights. The foundation advocates for justice, dignity and policy reform for vulnerable women and girls in the United States and Africa.
Check out the photos from the night below:
David and Susan Axelrod gathered new friends and old to announce a historic partnership between their foundation for epilepsy research, CURE Epilepsy, and Autism Speaks at the Second Annual New York Benefit. Thirty percent of people with autism develop epilepsy as well, so for the first time, the two organizations will work together with the National Institutes for Health on brain research.
George Stephanopoulos and Ali Wentworth were the MC’s and sponsors of the glitzy but sober event at the Sheraton New York. David Axelrod introduced Mayor Michael Bloomberg asking him to not run for president. The mayor praised CURE’s efforts to find scientific answers to the cause of epilepsy. The Axelrods also honored Suzanne and Bob Wright in their six-year battle to raise awareness for Autism.
Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski were presented with CURE’s Excellence in Journalism Award to the sold out crowd that included Caroline Kennedy and Edward Schlossberg, Harvey Weinstein and Georgia Chapman, Kevin Sheekey, Lally Weymouth, Lee and Bob Woodruff, Marc Adelman, Joanna Milstein and John and Donna Marino.
Peter Sagal, from “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me,” was the evening’s auctioneer, and pointed out if you need “to wheedle money from people bring someone in from NPR.”
Donnie Deutch, attended the event after being nudged by Mika to make a donation. He won a trip to the Emmys in the Fund a CURE auction.
Dr. Schlomo Shinnar, from Albert Einstein’s School of Medicine, received the Leadership in Epilepsy Award.
Auction cards were flying fast at DC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy’s Fourth Annual Celebrity Auction.
Dr. Sharon Malone, chair of the auction, greeted guests in the beautiful atrium of the DLA Piper law firm for one of Washington’s most fun charitable evenings. The event’s lead sponsor was WorldWide Parking Inc, represented by Mark Meisel who was filling in for his father, Joel Meisel. Meisel kicked the night off by presenting the “Standing in the Gap” award that “recognizes steadfast, decisive and trustworthy leadership” to DC Mayor Vincent Gray.
Gray, a former DC Campaign Board member, thanked DC Campaign’s Executive Director Brenda Rhodes Miller and shared how much he missed working with the organization.
Sharon Malone’s husband, Attorney General Eric Holder, and DC Attorney General Irv Nathan, husband of Steering Committee member Judy Walter, watched as auctioneer BJ Jennings, revved up the crowd to raise thousands of dollars for the program.
One of the hottest auction items was for dinner with famed chef Jose Andres who wowed the crowd twice. First, by jumping in to up the bidding and secondly, by doubling his donation and offering each of the highest bidders a dinner at his home.
Other hot items included lunch with best selling author and MSNBC analyst, Richard Wolffe, who was also the event chair, or dinner with NPR’s Michele Norris and a visit with Gwen Ifill and her PBS show “Washington Week.” Some of the big bidders included Art Collins, CEO of Public Private Partnership, Inc.
Guests included board members: Chairman John Ray, Cait Clarke, Nancy Keener, Jennifer Burton, Nancy Chockley, Frank Conner, Linda Howard, Kate Koffman, Donna Middleton-Cooper, Michael P. Reed, Amita N. Vyas, Barbara Wolf, Brenda Rhodes Miller, and steering committee member Marna Tucker. Also in attendance were ABC’s Polson Kanneth, Holly Page, and Sue Charlton .
Check out photos of the auction action below: