GenerationOn Honored Bank of America, Chelsea Clinton, and Julie Fisher Cummings at Annual Benefit for Outstanding Leadership in Youth Service
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- On Wednesday, May 15th, 2013 in New York City, global youth service movement generationOn recognized Bank of America, Chelsea Clinton, and Julie Fisher Cummings for their commitment to youth service. Six young leaders, ages 8 through 17, also received the fourth annual Hasbro Community Action Hero Awards for creating positive change in their communities and around the world through exceptional service. These steadfast supporters were recognized for embodying generationOn's mission which is to inspire, equip, and mobilize youth to take action that changes the world and themselves through service.
"GenerationOn helps to empower young people by providing the tools they need to become compassionate leaders, community activists and change agents, a mission that is crucial to the future of our country," commented honoree Chelsea Clinton. "I'm honored to be recognized this evening and hope we can continue to celebrate all those that believe in the importance of bringing our communities together through service, an ideal that is as old as America. When young people are inspired and mobilized to use their skills, ideas, and resources toward a greater good, they learn the invaluable lesson that you're never too young to make a difference and our future grows brighter."
The event serves as an opportunity to honor members of our community who are committed to youth service and to celebrate all of generationOn's volunteers - from young people to civic and corporate leaders - for their exceptional dedication to bringing positive change to their communities. It is also a critical means by which generationOn raises resources to continue to champion youth volunteering. Over 345 guests helped generationOn raise more than $797,000 yesterday evening.
"The Annual Benefit is always such an inspirational event, bringing together a diverse group of people who share the same mission: to empower our youth to become the city's next generation of leaders," commented Silda Wall Spitzer, generationOn Board member and Benefit Co-Chair. "It is crucial for children to recognize at an early age their ability to institute change, and the support from this Benefit and our honorees helps drive that mission forward."
The event was hosted and co-chaired by longtime generationOn advocates Kevin Arquit, Brian and Barbara Goldner and Silda Wall Spitzer, and attracted Hollywood and business luminaries including Al Roker, Maurice DuBois, Amy Carlson, and Lauren Bush Lauren. Special presenters and attendees at the event included Silda Wall Spitzer, founder of Children for Children; Michelle Nunn, CEO of Points of Light; actress America Ferrera, and Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner.
"Hasbro is proud to recognize the extraordinary accomplishments of these fine young individuals, the future leaders of our country," said Brian Goldner, president and CEO of Hasbro, Inc., of the Hasbro Community Action Hero Award winners. "These inspiring young children stand out as shining examples of how volunteering makes it possible for children to become leaders in their community, and we are thrilled to celebrate them. They have taken their concern for the welfare of others and turned it into actions that have touched the lives of thousands—each of them is a true hero."
The evening represents a diverse group of people coming together to support empowering young people to become the next generation of leaders and civic activists. Honorees from past years have included:
Gary Knell, chief executive officer of National Public Radio (2012)
Lauren Bush Lauren, president and co-founder of FEED Project (2012)
Brian Goldner, CEO of Hasbro (2011)
Laurie Tisch, founder of the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund (2011)
Tonya Lewis Lee & Spike Lee (2011)
Katie Couric, anchor of the CBS Evening News (2010)
Alexandra Lebenthal, president and CEO of Alexandra & James (2009)
Sherrie Rollins-Westin & David Westin, former president of ABC News (2008)
"Connecting a new generation to service can help address today's challenges while inspiring us all to grow as citizens," said Andrew Plepler, Consumer Policy and Global Corporate Social Responsibility Executive at Bank of America. "We're honored to partner with Points of Light and support generationOn's commitment to engaging young people to help improve our communities."
Additional sponsors for the event included:
Toys "R" Us Children's Fund
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GenerationOn is the global youth service movement igniting the power of kids to make their mark on the world. As Points of Light's youth service enterprise, generationOn inspires, equips and mobilizes youth to take action through generationOn service clubs, schools, youth organizations, campaigns and youth leadership initiatives. It also provides tools and resources to youth, families and educators to help kids change the world and themselves through service. For more information, visit www.generationon.org.
About Points of Light
Points of Light - the largest organization in the world dedicated to volunteer service - mobilizes millions of people to take action that is changing the world. Through affiliates in 250 cities and partnerships with thousands of nonprofits and corporations, Points of Light engages more than 4 million volunteers in 30 million hours of service each year. We bring the power of people to bear where it matters most. For more information, go to www.pointsoflight.org.
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