Children’s Rights, the non-profit organization that protects the rights of abused and neglected children in foster care throughout the U.S., hosted their 8th Annual Benefit. Emmy Award-Winning casting director Sheila Jaffe, actor, philanthropist and community activist Rosie Perez and Frederic Dorwart, founder of Oklahoma-based Frederic Dowart, Lawyers, were each honored with the Children’s Rights’ Champion Award. Grammy Award-Winning producer Swizz Beatz hosted and deejayed the after-party.
The evening served as a fundraising event highlighting the life-changing results CR has achieved over the past year, and helped the organization make a difference in the lives of thousands more children in foster care. Former foster youth, adoptive parents, child advocates and attorneys were on hand to talk about why they support CR. The evening also included a live auction, conducted by Hugh Hildesley, executive vice president of Sotheby’s.
CR Board Member Darryl “DMC” McDaniels – hip hop icon from the groundbreaking group Run DMC –presented awards to Sheila Jaffe and Rosie Perez. Along with McDaniels, Jaffe founded the Felix Organization, which works to enrich the lives of children in foster care. Perez has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of kids through the Urban Arts Partnership, the We Are Family Foundation and other initiatives. CR Executive Director Marcia Robinson Lowry presented the award to Frederic Dowart, pro-bono counsel in CR’s campaign to transform Oklahoma’s dangerous child welfare system.
Images via Getty Images for Children’s Rights