It was a star-studded night, as Jennifer Garner, Kelly Ripa, Scooter Braun and more all made it out to the Save The Children Illumination Gala event earlier this month.
The 6th annual event once again took place at the American Museum of Natural History, where Golden Globe winner Jennifer played host.
Several highlights from the magical evening, which honors notable people who are passionate advocates for children in need, occurred throughout the night. This included:
Jennifer joked about her previous “host” job when she worked as a hostess at NYC restaurant Isabel’s across the street from the American Museum of Natural History, the venue for the gala. “If you were around in the 90s, yes that was me. If I ever kept you waiting, I hope I bought you a round of calamari.”
Sophia, a young Save the Children beneficiary child from Houston, spoke with rapper and activist Bun B, who delivered a heartwarming speech about the ways the organization helped provide aid to his hometown after the devastation of Hurricane Harvey.
In a selfless act, Save the Children’s Humanitarian Award recipient Scooter Braun insisted on sharing his award with an emotional Bun B with whom he worked to organize the “Hand-in-Hand” telethon, raising over $64 million dollars for relief efforts, of which Save the Children was one of several beneficiary organizations.
Scooter also shared that the gala was going to be his last trip until his 9-month pregnant wife gives birth to their 3rd child and first daughter. He added that their doctor gave his blessing to keep this commitment, though his wife was probably going to give birth in the next 5 days.
Kelly Ripa while presenting the Save the Children Voice Award to recipient David Muir, introduced the award-winning anchor as an “an incredibly sexy and handsome guy from Skaneateles, New York.” She joked that not bringing up his looks would be like “not addressing the whale in the room,” referring to the massive 21,000-pound fiberglass blue whale model in the American Museum of Natural History.
Musical artist MILCK performed a cover of the song “Ooh, Child” as well as her original song, “A Little Peace,” which she was inspired to write after the shooting in Las Vegas . She also revealed it was in fact a Save the Children advertisement that inspired her to write her first song, “Healthy People,” at age 7.
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