It’s not easy changing the world for the better, but with extraordinary partners, anything is possible.
At the 18th annual Samsung Gives Charity Gala, emceed by Ryan Seacrest on behalf of the
Ryan Seacrest Foundation, Samsung raised more than $2.4 million, including additional funds raised during the evening’s auction, to help raise awareness for a variety of important social and charitable programs, with the primary goal of raising funds to help people defy barriers and build brighter futures.
Here’s a quick look at the star-studded evening at the Manhattan Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City.
From left to Right: Joe Stinziano, Executive Vice President Consumer Business Division for Samsung Electronics America, Ali Wentworth, Jessica Seinfeld, Good+ FoundationFounder, Jerry Seinfeld and YH Eom, President and CEO of Samsung Electronics America gather before the evening’s festivities begin.
Philanthropic musician DJ Irie, representing the Irie Foundation, and Grammy Award-winning hip hop star Wyclef Jean get the audience dancing to kick off the evening, accompanied by the Young People’s Chorus of New York.
Ryan Seacrest welcomed guests and thanked Samsung for supporting his foundation’s mission to inspire youth through entertainment and education initiatives, adding “I’m proud to announce that with the help of partners like Samsung we have built a Seacrest studio in our 10thpediatric hospital.”
Past winners of the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow STEM contest, which challenges public school 6 thto 12 thgraders to solve a pressing problem in their communities using science, technology, engineering and math, take a photo with Dwyane Wade, the evening’s “Champion of Hope” award recipient for his work with the Wade Family Foundation to promote education, health and social skills for children in at-risk situations.
Eric LeGrand, representing his charity, Team LeGrand of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, joined Joe Stinziano, Executive Vice President Consumer Business Division at Samsung Electronics America, on stage to talk about his work to find a cure for paralysis and help improve the quality of life for people with spinal cord injuries.
Portugal. The Man entertained guests before dinner, playing their songs “Live in the Moment” and “Feel it Still” representing the non-profit Oregon Community Foundation.
NBA Champion Dwyane Wade (center), (pictured with two Wade Family Foundation program participants, his sister Tragil Wade and Joe Stinziano, Executive Vice President Consumer Business Division Samsung Electronics America) was honored with the “Champion of Hope” Award for his work with the Wade Family Foundation providing support to community-based organizations that promote education, health and social skills for children in at-risk situations. “What I always said to God was if you give me this opportunity to get my family out of this inner city, I would reach back, I would pull others up with me. I would not go alone,” said Wade, adding “I’m thankful to say we’ve been able to accomplish that so far in the Wade Family Foundation.”
Surprise guest Ciara joined legendary hip hop band The Roots on stage for an electrifying performance to close out the 2019 Samsung Gives Charity Gala.
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