Worldwide Orphans Foundation To Honor Anderson Cooper At Benefit Gala

Dr. Aronson and actress Naomi Watts from a previous benefit gala.

For $1000 – $2500 you can hobnob with Heidi Klum, her husband Seal and other celebrities at the Worldwide Orphans Foundation 6th Annual Benefit Gala on November 1 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York. Funds raised support WWO’s work to address the unique needs of orphaned children worldwide through medical, developmental, psychosocial and educational programs.

This year, WWO will honor CNN anchor Anderson Cooper for his in-depth reporting on Haiti and outstanding coverage of Haiti’s orphaned and vulnerable children in the aftermath of the catastrophic earthquake that rocked the island on January 2010. Cooper will receive the WWO Honorary Orphan Ranger. “WWO is proud to honor Anderson Cooper for shining the spotlight for the world on the devastating impact of Haiti’s earthquake on orphaned and vulnerable children,” said Dr. Jane Aronson, Maplewood resident and founder and CEO of WWO. “I first met Anderson Cooper in Haiti following the earthquake and was impressed then and continue to be impressed now, with the depth of knowledge and thought he brings to every issue he covers.”

Supermodel Heidi Klum and Grammy Award-winning singer Seal will co-host the evening gala, which will feature a special half-hour musical performance by Seal. The Gala is a major fundraiser for WWO’s programs. Special Guests attending the star-studded gala will include: actors Deborra-lee Furness and Hugh Jackman; actress Brooke Smith & Steven Lubensky; fashion publicist Desiree Gruber and actor Kyle MacLachlan; Broadway director Kathleen Marshall & Scott Landis; and actress Donna Murphy & Shawn Elliot. Tony-award winning director Kathleen Marshall is the gala’s Entertainment Chair.

WWO board members Chris Yanney and his wife Elsie, and Mary Knobler and her husband Claude, are the gala co-chairs.
 
Barista Kids spoke to Dr. Aronson in August after she returned from Ethiopia with her Service Ranger Program. The mission of Worldwide Orphans Foundation is to transform the lives of orphaned children around the world by addressing their unique needs in their own countries through medical, developmental, psychosocial and educational programs.  WWO programs are designed to nurture each child and provide opportunities for them to become healthy, independent, productive members of their communities and the world.  
 
Individual tickets are $1000/$2500 (limited availability), table packages begin at $10,000.  Visit Worldwide Orphans Foundation or call 973-763- 9961 for more information.

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