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Heart of Gold Annual Benefit Celebration

On April 28, 2015, over 500 friends and supporters gathered at the Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan for Project Sunshine�s 12th Annual Benefit Celebration. The event was a wonderful success and raised over $900,000 to benefit Project Sunshine�s programs for children and families facing medical challenges.

Damaris Lewis, Sports Illustrated model, �Muse� and touring dancer of famed musician Prince, style correspondent for Turner Sports, and ardent volunteer was recognized for her �Heart of Gold� and received the Project Sunshine Ambassador Award. Damaris is a dedicated Project Sunshine volunteer and mentor to 14-year-old Nakayla Prescod, who has been in and out of the hospital her whole life with a chronic illness. The two have a very special bond, and in a poignant moment, Nakayla presented Damaris her award at the event.

C. Hugh Hildesley, Executive Vice President of Sotheby�s, led a record-breaking live auction that featured appearances on stage by Miss USA Nia Sanchez and celebrity chef and winner of Chopped, Palak Patel. WNBC�s Cat Greenleaf and David Ushery were emcees for the event, entertaining the guests and introducing Grammy Award-Winning artist Estelle, who gave a special featured musical performance, which roused the guests to their feet as they filled the Waldorf dancefloor.

Other special guests included music industry icon Clive Davis; television stars Maurice DuBois, Magee Hickey, Mr. G, Tamsen Fadal, Sharon Washington and Sesame Street cast members Emilio Delgado, Bob McGrath, Alan Muraoka, Roscoe & Kimberley Orman; dancers Madeline Wong and Abdur-Rahim Jackson; Miss Teen USA K. Lee Graham; and model Alexandria Morgan.

Project Sunshine extends heartfelt gratitude and appreciation for the efforts of the event Co-Chairs, Vice Chairs, Honorary Committee and Benefit Committee.

Project Sunshine Gala Attendees

Recent Sunshine Event Recaps

December 12, 2012 - Over 350 influential supporters gathered for Project Sunshine´s 3rd Annual Young Leadership Fundraiser to help children and families in need.
September 23, 2013 - Project Sunshine event chair Natan Bibliowicz and fellow host committee members donate their time to help raise a record breaking $470,000.