Last night, Save the Children, the leading organization investing in childhood, honored Grammy-winning songwriter and producer Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic; Chobani founder and CEO Hamdi Ulukaya; and the organization’s philanthropic corporate partner BVLGARI North America. The event, which took place on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, at The American Museum of Natural History in New York City, was hosted by NBC’s Craig Melvin and featured a special performance by British singer-songwriter Leona Lewis.
Now in its fifth year, the Illumination Gala benefits Save the Children’s efforts to give more children a stronger start in life by helping end preventable maternal, newborn and child deaths and by supporting early childhood education. In recognition of the occasion, Save the Children celebrated each of the honorees for their achievements in giving children a brighter future:
Leona Lewis presented The Voice Award to Ryan Tedder, Grammy-winning songwriter, producer, and front man of the multi-platinum selling band OneRepublic, who was recognized for his extraordinary dedication to speaking up on behalf of the world’s most vulnerable children. In addition to supporting Save the Children’s humanitarian relief efforts on the conflict in Syria and in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan, Tedder used the power of his voice on the OneRepublic song “Feel Again.” The song served as the backdrop in 2013 for an Ad Council PSA for Save the Children’s Every Beat Matters campaign, which helped millions of children in poor countries survive their first five years of life. Tedder said the song was inspired by actual heartbeats of children in Guatemala and Malawi, where frontline health workers work every day to keep kids healthy. As part of the campaign, Tedder visited Save the Children’s newborn and child survival programs in Guatemala, and donated proceeds from sales of the song to Save the Children. His foundation, The Ryan & Genevieve Tedder Foundation, also supports children through education and youth development.
Ryan expressed his appreciation for Save the Children, “They’re giving hope. And they’re hitting people where it matters – the youth. They’re impacting lives before we form our opinions, before we get old and you can’t change. When you’re young, you’re impressionable, and if you show love to a kid unencumbered, it has a lasting effect that transcends ideological beliefs, war, factions, famine, all of it. So for that, I want to give a round of applause to Save the Children.”