Earlier this week, World of Children Award, an organization dedicated to setting the gold standard in child advocacy, hosted its annual 2016 Alumni Honors event emceed by Brooke Burke-Charvet at the Montage Beverly Hills. The event commemorated past honorees who have continued their extraordinary efforts to change the lives of vulnerable children around the world.
|2016 Alumni Honorees Denisse Pichardo, Dr. Ashok Banskota and Ryan Heljac, with Emcee Brooke Burke-Charvet|
Credit: Joe Scarnici / Getty Images for World of Children Award
This year’s World of Children 2016 Alumni Honorees and real life heroes included: Dr. Ashok Banskota (2011 Health Award), founding chairman of the Hospital and Rehabilitation Center for Disabled Children (HRDC) in Nepal which focuses on treating underprivileged children with orthopedic disabilities; Ryan Hreljac (2003 Youth Award) founder of Ryan’s Well Foundation, which brings clean water and sanitation to vulnerable youth and their families; and Denisse Pichardo (2011 Humanitarian Award) of Caminante Proyecto Educativo, who focuses on rescuing and sheltering youth victims of the sex tourism industry in Boca Chica, Dominican Republic.
|David Charvet and Brooke Burke-Charvet, with children Shaya and Rain|
It was a family affair for emcee Brooke Burke-Charvet as she was joined by her husband actor David Charvet and children Rain Charvet, and Shaya Charvet. During the event, Brooke was in awe of all of the incredible work the honorees have accomplished, her children have been so inspired by the work World of Children does, that daughter Rain also wanted to take part and served as one of the evening’s presenters helping her mom hand out the awards.
|Brooke Burke-Charvet on stage at World of Children Award event|
Each 2016 Alumni Honoree received a specially designed James Banks Design medal and a cash grant of $30,000+ to continue their outstanding work with children.
|Brooke Burke-Charvet and Rain Charvet wearing the handcrafted James Bank bracelets|
During the event, attendees purchased the featured handcrafted Lapis Beaded Bracelets from the “Unlock the Future” jewelry collection made exclusively for World of Children Award by Adam Shulman and Heidi Nahser Fink of James Banks Design. Each bracelet purchase helps to “Unlock the Future” for a child being served by a World of Children Award Honoree program. The collection is available exclusively at World of Children Award events and on through the World of Children Award website http://store.worldofchildren.
|Yemin Orde Youth Choir|
The Yemin Orde Youth Choir, a group of at-risk immigrant teens from the Yemin Orde Youth Village in Israel, performed at the event part of their 2016 U.S. Tour. Choir members range in age from 15 to 18 years old and are from Ethiopia, France, Ukraine, Israel, and Brazil.
|Brooke Burke-Charvet, Rain Charvet, and the Carlthorp School Chorus|
Attendees included emcee Brooke Burke-Charvet (CEO of ModernMom, Host of Chicken Soup for the Soul’s Hidden Heroes) in a Cushnie et Ochs dress, Gucci heels and jewelry by Jacquie Aiche along with husband David Charvet and their daughter Rain Charvet and son Shaya Charvet, Kay Isaacson-Leibowitz and Harry Leibowitz (Co-Founders & Co-Chairs, World of Children Award), Jae Goodman (Chief Creative Officer and Co-Head, CAA Marketing), Rachel Roy (Fashion Designer) in Viktor & Rolf top, Alaia pants, Gucci heels and Love Bomb bracelet, Adam Croasdell (Once Upon a Time), the Yemin Orde Youth Choir, the Carlthorp School Chorus, and more.
Due to generous support and success of the fundraising efforts the 2016 Alumni Honors event raised more than $300,000 for vulnerable children. The funds raised at Alumni Honors will be directed to the programs run by the three 2016 Alumni Honorees through grants for their organizations.