Annual Benefit Gala Raises $1.2 Million to End Child Hunger

Action Against Hunger honored Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and CEO of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, for their commitment to humanitarian work
Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and CEO of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, accepts Action Against Hunger's humanitarian award. Photo: S. Kossmann
Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and CEO of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, accepts Action Against Hunger's humanitarian award. Photo: S. Kossmann

Every year, hundreds of Action Against Hunger’s most dedicated supporters come together for an evening of inspiration. Our Benefit Gala is a chance to rally around our mission to save lives, and to honor significant contributions towards ending hunger worldwide.

This year, our Benefit Gala was held on November 20 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. The event honored Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and CEO of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, for their commitment to global humanitarian work, including the establishment of an emergency fund that will help Action Against Hunger provide rapid-response when and where it is needed most. 

“The Renault-Nissan Alliance has been a strong advocate of global humanitarian work, which includes everything from supporting victims of the typhoon in the Philippines to providing emergency food assistance to people in East Africa,” said Raymond Debbane, Chairman of Action Against Hunger-USA's Board of Directors. “We honor their commitment to help the most vulnerable communities thrive.

Last year, Action Against Hunger responded to three major humanitarian emergencies — conflict in Syria, the devastating typhoon in the Philippines, and violence in the Central African Republic — nearly doubling emergency services provided. By collaborating with some of the most influential forces in the public and private sectors, we are able to build upon our success, transforming short-term interventions into long-term solutions. 

“We are honored to be recognized by Action Against Hunger,” Ghosn said. “As experts in the field, Action Against Hunger is uniquely positioned to achieve our shared goal of saving lives today, while working with communities to improve health, provide stability and ensure a sustainable future.” 

Guests were treated to a night filled with surprises and extraordinary talent planned by Gala Committee Chair, Carmen Debbane, and Co-Chair, Rebecca Lainovic, culminating in a live auction. The auction items included a trip to Paris with a private tour of Versailles and front row seats at the Elie Saab show during Paris Fashion Week, a memorable visit to the 2015 Cannes Film Festival with a stay at the exclusive Le Mas Candille hotel in Mougins, a trip to Hollywood to mingle with A-listers at the Hollywood Domino Pre-Oscar Party, and gorgeous jewelry from Chopard. The event raised $1.2 million to support the lifesaving work of Action Against Hunger.