The Seventh Annual Children’s Rights Benefit–held at the Plaza Hotel in New York City on Oct. 10, 2012–raised nearly $600,000 for Children’s Rights’ legal advocacy to improve the lives of thousands of children in dangerous foster care systems throughout the United States.
The benefit honored modern day renaissance man and Grammy Award-winning producer Kasseem ‘Swizz Beatz’ Dean. Swizz was presented with the Children’s Rights Champion Award for his steadfast support of America’s foster children–and his commitment to keeping kids healthy, educated and safe.
The event was co-chaired by entertainer Nick Cannon and real estate developer Michael Cayre. Children’s Rights Board Member Darryl “DMC” McDaniels–hip hop icon from the groundbreaking group Run DMC–served as emcee. More than 300 guests were in attendance, including Moises de la Renta, Bow Wow and his fellow hosts of the hitBET show 106 & Park, and young people who spent time in foster care.
After watching a video of foster children speaking about their experiences, and listening to Emalee Wooton share her story of growing up in foster care, attendees were moved to donate nearly $250,000 in a reverse auction.
The evening was capped off when Swizz deejayed for a packed crowd at the After-Party, sponsored by Reebok Classics and hosted by the Children’s Rights Young Leadership Committee.
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