PRLog (Press Release) - Nov. 14, 2012 - CHABAD’S CHILDREN OF CHERNOBYL INVITES YOU TO ANSWER “A CALL FROM THE HEART” AND ATTEND ITS GALA DINNER & CELEBRITY FANTASY AUCTION
The evening will be hosted by Jon Voight. WNBC-TV’s Lead Sports Anchor, Bruce Beck, is the Auctioneer Par Excellence.
This year’s honorees are: Gale Epstein and Lida Orzeck of Hanky Panky with the “Beyond the Call” Award, Lawrence B. Benenson of Benenson Capital Partners, LLC with the Humanitarian Award, and Debby Tabacinic Aqua with the New Leadership Award.
*PLEASE NOTE THAT THE GALA LOCATION HAS CHANGED DUE TO THE DAMAGING EFFECTS OF HURRICANE SANDY ON PIER SIXTY.
THE NEW VENUE FOR CHILDREN AT HEART IS THE GRAND HYATT NEW YORK
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2012
Grand Hyatt New York
109 East 42nd Street NYC
The Children at Heart benefit gala will begin at 5pm with red carpet celebrity arrivals followed by an exclusive cocktail reception and dinner. For more information and tickets, visit www.cah.net.
To date, CCOC has saved 2,835 children on 98 rescue flights, airlifting them from Chernobyl to Israel to escape the contaminated living conditions caused by the 1986 Chernobyl Nuclear Reactor explosion. The theme of this year's event celebrates "A Call from the Heart”.
Last year’s gala raised more than $2 million to save the Children of Chernobyl. This holiday season, celebrities and New York’s elite have once again committed to this cause in full force, donating time, money, and auction items. Confirmed fantasy auction items include a 5-night stay at Hotels & Resorts of Halekulani in Hawaii with first class roundtrip tickets on Hawaiian Airlines, diamond heart earrings created exclusively for the event, artwork by artist Mark Kostabi (who will also be in attendance), a scotch and cigars package, and much more.
This year, Kurrenci – a revolutionary digital money start-up—is partnering with CCOC to leverage all donations made at the dinner at a rate of 1.18. Based on Kurrenci's unique exchange rate mechanism, for each dollar donated, Kurrenci is adding 18 cents; because 'New Money' is worth more!
Founded in response to the devastating nuclear disaster in 1986, Chabad’s Children of Chernobyl (CCOC) is a not-for-profit organization that evacuates children from the radioactive Chernobyl region. CCOC provides them with critical medical care, new homes and an excellent education in Israel. CCOC also serves those currently living in the contaminated areas by providing medicine and advanced medical equipment.
CCOC is the only organization in the world that permanently evacuates and treats children who suffer from cancer, “Chernobyl AIDS”, crippling birth defects, and other debilitating illnesses as a result of their exposure to the radioactive fallout from the Chernobyl nuclear explosion. CCOC has currently saved 2,835 children on 98 rescue flights providing all of these children with vital needs such as extensive medical treatment, food, housing, education and additional living expenses.
Every year CCOC hosts the Children at Heart Gala Dinner and Celebrity Fantasy Auction with the goal of raising the funds necessary to rescue the children who are currently living in the contaminated zones. This year’s event is scheduled for Monday, November 19, 2012 at NYC’s Grand Hyatt. Nancy Spielberg and Jon Voight both serve as the Children at Heart Event Chairman, and the event itself draws a number of celebrities and members of the Hollywood community. At last year’s event, Kirk Douglas accepted the “Children at Heart” Award as presented by his son Michael Douglas, and Catherine Zeta-Jones and Dakota and Elle Fanning also joined for what was a very special evening.
Celebrity partners and past honorees include Matt Damon, Steven Spielberg, Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Piven, Jesse Eisenberg, Kiefer Sutherland, Kelsey Grammer, Judge Judy Sheindlin, James Gandolfini, Edie Falco, Pierce Brosnan and more.
Woody Allen Ernie Anastos Tracy Austin Renaldo Balkman Antonio Banderas Joy Behar Jason Binn Jacqueline Bisset Leon Black Michael Bolton Lorraine Bracco Matthew Broderick Edgar Bronfman Roscoe Lee Browne Ellen Burstyn Kate Burton Amy Carlson Dominic Chianese Christo & Jeanne-Claude Fay Grant & Stephen Collins Bob Costas Tom Cruise Rhea Pearlman & Danny DeVito Charles Durning Hallie Kate Eisenberg Tina Fey Peter Gallagher James Gandolfini Elliott Gould Melanie Griffith Charles Grodin Steve Guttenberg Melissa Joan Hart Lisa & Dustin Hoffman Michael Imperioli Bianca Jagger Kevin James Shirley Jones Harvey Keitel Margot Kidder Heidi Klum Bonnie Comley & Stewart F. Lane Felicia Lemmon Tina Louise Howie Mandel Maureen McGovern Jane Meadows Sam Mendes Marilyn Michaels Julianne Michelle Bette Midler Matthew Modine Alexandra Nechita James Nederlander Jr. LeRoy Neiman Mandy Patinkin Jane Pauley Bernadette Peters Jeremy Piven Sally Jessy Raphael Tara Reid Rob Reiner Denise Rich Campbell Scott Jerry Seinfeld John Shea Martin Short Carly Simon Jean Stapleton Elie Tahari Christine Taylor & Ben Stiller Marisa Tomei Kaity Tong Joe Torre Diane Von Furstenberg Gene Wilder Elizabeth Williams Montel Williams Joanne Woodward
Congressman Gary Ackerman
Hon. Frank L. Lautenberg
Hon. Joseph I. Lieberman
Congressman Jerrold Nadler
Senator Charles E. Schumer
Honorary Dinner Chairs
Jane & Ishaia Gol
Geraldine & Martin Hoffman
Pamela & George Rohr
Rose & Simeon Schreiber
International Honorary Chairs
Endy Dain Gerry Werthein
Adrianne & Clive Marks
Rudolfine & Susanna Steindling
Ron Ansin Carol Archer Doug Book Scott Book Michael Broidy Arlene Buraczynski Jamie & Ricky Cohen Shoshana & Kenneth Dichter Barbara & Abe Esses Suzie Finkelstein Charles Freiberger Eugene Grant Crystal Green Cheryl & Fred Halpern Peter Kash Marie Jose & Henry Kravis Philippe Laub Phyllis Lee Rosalynn & Sam Malamud Anita Mann Kohl Jamie Masada Beth & Josh Nash Helen Nash Tobi Rubinstein Schneier Ilene & Steven Sands Mindy Schall Joy & Michael Volk Barron Wall Barbara Zimet
Elke & Moshe Malamud
Dakota & Elle Fanning
Judges Judy & Jerry Sheindlin