God's Love We Deliver
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More than 700 guests attended God’s Love We Deliver’s Seventh Annual Golden Heart Awards on Wednesday, October 16, raising over $3 million for the New York non-profit and making it the largest and most successful event in the organization’s 28-year history.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was presented with the first-ever Michael Kors Award for Outstanding Community Service by fashion designer and God’s Love board member Michael Kors and Conde Nast Artistic Director and Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour. Upon receiving her award, Clinton spoke about the unique American quality to solve problems as a community and the increased importance of giving in this time of economic uncertainty.
“It’s a true testament to all of the amazing work that God’s Love We Deliver has done for others over the years,” said Michael Kors. “They have given so much to so many people and the funds we raised will be put to the best use possible.”
In addition to Secretary Clinton, Aerin Lauder, who is the creative director at Estee Lauder Companies and a longtime philanthropist, was presented with the Golden Heart Award for Lifetime Achievement by renowned fashion model Iman. Karen Pearl also presented Jeff Gates and Mike Moran, both long-time volunteers and donors, with the Golden Heart Award for Outstanding Volunteerism.
“Jeff and Mike, separately and together, have had an enormous impact on God’s Love,” said Karen Pearl, God’s Love President & CEO. “As volunteers, donors and two of our greatest ambassadors, their passion for God’s Love and commitment to our mission has never wavered. They have been with us through twenty years of our history and have helped lead our Expansion Campaign. This Golden Heart Award for Outstanding Volunteerism is perfectly made for them. We are grateful for their leadership, friendship and profound commitment to the success of God’s Love We Deliver.”
The sold-out gala, which was held at Spring Studios in Manhattan, featured a welcome from famed singer-songwriter, actress, and comedian Bette Midler, dinner, awards presentation and a live auction.
Other attendees included Hilary Swank, Jennifer Hudson, Olivia Munn, Iman, Sigourney Weaver, Kyle Maclachlan, Julianna Margulies, Aerin Lauder, Jane Lauder, Blaine Trump, Ariana Rockefeller, Miroslava Duma, Hilary Rhoda, Constance Jablonski, Karlie Kloss, Giovanna Battaglia, Alexandra Richards, Helena Christensen, Anja Rubik, Alana Zimmerman, Alyssa Miller, Doutzen Kroes, Elettra Wiedemann, Harley Viera-Newton, Derek Blasberg, Terry Richardson, John Idol, Jeff Gates, Mike Moran, Jason and Haley Binn.
The Golden Heart Awards are presented annually by God’s Love to honor the important contributions of individuals, corporations and foundations to the organization’s cause. Funds raised at the event help ensure that no person in the metropolitan area suffers the dual crises of hunger and life-altering illness.
Past recipients include Philippe Dauman, Calvin Klein, Christine Quinn, Harry Slatkin, Joan Rivers, “7th on Sale,” Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, M·A·C Cosmetics/M·A·C AIDS Fund, Prudential Douglas Elliman, Altria Group, Inc., Carolina Herrera and our volunteers Jackie Fierstein, Roz Gilbert, Ed Prostak, Evan Schwartz and 25 Years of Volunteers.