Some of the most celebrated talents of our time took the stage at New York City’s famed Radio City Music Hall on October 4 to recognize Children’s Health Fund’s 25th Anniversary year in unforgettable fashion. The once-in-a-lifetime event featured celebrity families performing together to raise awareness about kids in poverty and the work CHF is doing to get them the healthcare they need. CHF Co-Founder Paul Simon, who organized and hosted the concert, was joined by both his wife, Edie Brickell, and their daughter, Lulu Belle Simon, whose fabulous singing thrilled the audience.
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, James and Carolyn Taylor, Rubén Blades and Luba Mason, Sting and Trudie Styler, Amy Grant and Vince Gill were among the other stellar couples that turned in memorable performances. Stevie Wonder and his daughter, Aisha Morris, continued the intergenerational theme, while Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers strummed up a storm, and Aaron Neville, Allen Toussaint, and Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart fame all made splashes of their own.
Between numbers, the audience was treated to video messages from Hillary Rodham Clinton, Al Pacino, Oprah Winfrey, Spike Lee, Wynton Marsalis, Julianne Moore, Robert DeNiro, Marc Anthony, and Morgan Freeman. In his message, Pacino told the audience the story of patient Juan Robles (see story on page 2), who represents the kind of life-changing influence CHF has had on vulnerable kids for over a quarter century. The evening also honored Simon Fuller, Creator and Executive Producer of American Idol and Founder/CEO of XIX Entertainment with CHF’s Founder’s Award, as well as David Pulman, PhD, President, Global Manufacturing and Supply, GlaxoSmithKline, with CHF’s Corporate Award.