generationOn’s Annual Gala Honors Chelsea Clinton and Julie Fisher Cummings

by Sydney Sadick

(NEW YORK) Last night, a posh crowd of Upper East siders, society A-listers, corporate titans, and Hollywood glitterati celebrated the annual generationOn benefit. Co-chaired by an ever-elegant Silda Wall Spitzer, generationOn recognized Bank of America, Chelsea Clinton, and Julie Fisher Cummings for their commitment to service youth.

As Points of Light’s youth service enterprise, generationOn ignites the power of kids to make their mark on the world through the organization’s relationships with service clubs, schools, campaigns, and leadership initiatives. Six young leaders, ages 8 through 17, also received the fourth annual Hasbro Community Action Hero Awards for creating positive change not only in their communities, but also around the world.

The charitable evening began with a cocktail hour comprised of delicious nibbles, like mini individual crudités. Adorable! The event attracted the likes of Al RokerMaurice DuboisAmy Carlson, and Lauren Bush Lauren. Which duo made the photogs go wild on the red carpet? Clinton and Bush, who caught up amidst the shutterbugs’ flashes.

Lauren Bush Lauren was honored at last year’s benefit and was thrilled to be back this year as an attendee. “It’s a great event and I wanted to come back and support it!” the former honoree enthused. “The kids that are being recognized are so inspiring—they are very entrepreneurial and the stories they all share are extremely touching.”

Later in the eve, actress America Ferrera presented Clinton with her award. “I’m honored to be recognized this evening and hope we can continue to celebrate all those that believe in the importance of bringing our communities together through service, an ideal that is as old as America,” Clinton said.

After the sit-down dinner (which served some of the best macaroni and cheese, ever) guests placed generous bids during a live auction. Soon after the bidding wrapped up, the crowd made its way downstairs for an evening full of dessert and dancing. Having fun and doing good for a great cause? We approve.

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