By Lisa Johnston
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New York — Samsung held its annual star-studded Hope for Children Gala Tuesday night, raising $1.5 million to benefit children's health, education and sustainability programs, and honored Tony Bennett and John Legend.
The event, which drew more than 700 guests to Cipriani Wall Street in New York City, honored Samsung's guests and partners who have helped to improve children's lives across the U.S.
Additional celebrity partners at the gala included Chelsea Clinton, Drew Brees, Jimmie Johnson, Boomer Esiason, Robin Thicke, Rob Thomas, Estelle and host Sherri Shepherd.
Samsung Hope for Children, the company's global corporate social-responsibility platform, brings together the company; its retail partners, which included executive from hhgregg, P.C. Richard & Son, and distributor Ingram Micro Consumer Electronics, among others; and a network of charitable organizations associated with public figures.
Over the course of its 12-year history, Samsung Hope for Children has raised more than $30 million through the gala, which has helped more than 500 schools, hospitals and community-based foundations throughout the U.S.
Samsung executive VP Joe Stinziano, Drew Brees, Jimmie Johnson, Marisol Thomas,
One hundred percent of the gala proceeds and additional funds raised by Samsung throughout the year under its Hope for Children platform go directly to the charities.
The New York City gala featured special performances by Matchbox Twenty, Robin Thicke and Estelle. Tim Baxter, president of Samsung Electronics America, presented the Samsung Hope for Children Ambassador Award to John Legend for his work with the Show Me Campaign.
Former President Bill Clinton joined his daughter, Chelsea, via video to present Tony Bennett with the Samsung Hope for Children Lifetime Ambassador Award for his work with Exploring the Arts, a nonprofit organization founded by Bennett and his wife, Susan Benedetto.
To learn more about the Samsung Hope for Children initiative, visit Samsung.com/Hope.
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