NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 07: (L-R) Politician, former New York City Mayor David Dinkins, Actor Morgan Freeman, President and Co-Founder, Children's Health Fund, Dr. Irwin Redlener and Music artist Harry Belafonte .attend Children's Health Fund Annual Gala 2016 at Mandarin Oriental Hotel on June 7, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images for Children's Health Fund)
NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 07: (L-R) Politician, former New York City Mayor David Dinkins, Actor Morgan Freeman, President and Co-Founder, Children’s Health Fund, Dr. Irwin Redlener and Music artist Harry Belafonte .attend Children’s Health Fund Annual Gala 2016 at Mandarin Oriental Hotel on June 7, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images for Children’s Health Fund)

Last week, the non-profit Children’s Health Fund hosted their Annual Benefit at the prestigious Mandarin Oriental Hotel, located in Columbus Circle. The charity, which was founded in 1987 by Paul Simon and Irwin Redlener, MD, now provides medical care through 25 different pediatric care programs to serve children across the country who live in poor rural and urban communities. The swanky event paid homage to the wonderful work that has been accomplished by this organization, and the work they continue to do.

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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 07: (L-R) Politician, former New York City Mayor David Dinkins and Actor Morgan Freeman greet each other as they attend Children's Health Fund Annual Gala 2016 at Mandarin Oriental Hotel on June 7, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images for Children's Health Fund)
NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 07: (L-R) Politician, former New York City Mayor David Dinkins and Actor Morgan Freeman greet each other as they attend Children’s Health Fund Annual Gala 2016 at Mandarin Oriental Hotel on June 7, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images for Children’s Health Fund)

The evening was no short of spectacular, especially as it presented Harry Belafonte with its Humanitarian Award. Before the advocate, musician and actor received his award, attendees heard from Mayor Bill de Blasio, who bragged about the event containing the “coolest table in New York,” (referring to Harry Belafonte, former Mayor David Dinkins, and Morgan Freeman), as well as legendary actor (and voice of God) Morgan Freeman, who spoke candidly about his friend Belafonte’s achievements.

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A special video message and performance by Joan Baez also revved up the crowd, as did a live performance of the incredible The Young People’s Choir of New York City. The magical evening culminated in a big dessert buffet, as attendees filed out of the hotel feeling that there are still people in the world advocating for change and making a difference.

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For more information on the Children’s Health Fund, please visit their website.

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