Greenwich benefit celebrates Shriver’s legacy

Susan Warner From left, NBC’s Willie Geist with Greenwich Leadership Council members and event organizers Pat Mendelsohn, Angelique Bell and Mary Campinell, and Save the Children Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives Mark Kennedy Shriver, at a benefit for Save the Children at the Riverside Yacht Club on April 24.

From left, NBC’s Willie Geist with Greenwich Leadership Council members and event organizers Pat Mendelsohn, Angelique Bell and Mary Campinell, and Save the Children Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives Mark Kennedy Shriver, at a benefit for Save the Children at the Riverside Yacht Club on April 24. — Susan Warner

Mark Kennedy Shriver, NBC Today  host Willie Geist and members of the Greenwich community gathered at a reception at the Riverside Yacht Club to recognize the legacy of a man dedicated to improving the lives of all children, while also raising funds and awareness for an organization that is doing that every day: Save the Children.

The benefit, hosted by Save the Children’s Leadership Council, featured an informal interview between Mr. Geist and Mr. Shriver, the son of the founder of the Peace Corps, Robert Sargent Shriver, Jr. Mr. Shriver discussed his father’s legacy, as both the Peace Corps founder and the architect of the U.S. War on Poverty, initiated by President Lyndon B. Johnson 50 years ago.

Mr. Shriver, who is the senior vice president of Strategic Initiatives at Save the Children, also discussed his own mission to help improve the lives of children in the United States and all over the world.

“All across America and all across the world, when groups like the Greenwich Leadership Council get involved and get engaged in Save the Children’s work, it makes a big difference,” said Shriver. “It makes a big difference, whether we’re raising money, raising visibility, or putting pressure on politicians to take kids issues seriously. It really comes from the grass roots, and the Greenwich Leadership Council does a great job of that.”

Proceeds from the event will go towards Save the Children’s efforts to give disadvantaged children a healthy start and the opportunity to learn, starting in the early years.

“We’re hoping to raise awareness about all the good things around the world that Save the Children is doing for kids,” said Angelique Bell, president of the Greenwich Leadership Council. “A lot of people are familiar with Save the Children’s emergency work, but people may not know that, in the U.S., Save the Children has literacy and nutrition programs for children.”

All attendees of the evening benefit received a signed copy of Mr. Shriver’s new book, A Good Man: Rediscovering My Father, Sargent Shriver.

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