Annual Benefit Nets $1 Million for Global Hunger Programs
The international humanitarian organization Action Against Hunger raised $1.2 million at its annual benefit in New York on November 7th at Capitale. The event features the Action Against Hunger Humanitarian Award presented each year to an individual who has made a notable contribution to the humanitarian field. This year’s award went to acclaimed screenwriter, director, and Academy Award-nominee Terry George in recognition of his substantial humanitarian commitments.
Honorary Gala Chair Christy Turlington Burns presented Mr. George with this year’s award, noting the impact of Hotel Rwanda and calling attention to the International Fund for Rwanda he founded. Mr. George was also recognized for his long-time support of Action Against Hunger’s work and his ongoing efforts to promote the agency’s on-the-ground solutions to global hunger.
Sotheby’s Vice-Chair Jamie Niven helped raise over $600,000 from the evening’s auction lots, including the first ever “Special Delegation Trip to the Field”—a field visit to Action Against Hunger’s life-saving programs in Uganda—and a surprise “walk on” role in Terry George’s next film. Two unexpected challenge grants totaling $264,000 brought the evening’s auction total to $682,000.
A second award—the annual “Employee of the Year Award”—was presented to Action Against Hunger staff member James Brown Bekhat of Uganda for his longstanding commitment to the agency’s lifesaving field programs. Working in some of the most volatile parts of Africa for the past 15 years, Mr. Brown’s contribution to humanitarian action has been one of professionalism and resolve, enduring substantial risks while serving communities in Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, and Sudan.
The evening’s proceeds provide much-needed support to the millions of individuals who benefit from Action Against Hunger’s life-saving programs each year. Action Against Hunger, an international relief and development organization committed to saving the lives of malnourished children and families, provides sustainable access to safe water and long-term solutions to hunger.
Background on the Humanitarian Award
Previous recipients of the Action Against Hunger Humanitarian Award include Nobel Laureates President Nelson Mandela (’04) and Archbishop Desmond Tutu (’05), as well as Academy Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon (’06) and the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Frank McCourt (’02).
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Facts about Hunger
925 million people suffer from hunger and malnutrition around the world.
Malnutrition affects 32.5% of children in developing countries.
1 out of every 6 infants are born with low birth weight due to undernutrition among pregnant women in developing countries.
1 out of every 3 people in developing countries are affected by vitamin and mineral deficiencies.
Hunger is number one on the list of the world's top 10 health risks. It kills more people every year than AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined.