Greenwich Leadership Council’s event benefits Save the Children

Award-winning photojournalist, Lynsey Addario, stepped from behind the lens on Tuesday, April 19 to discuss the daily struggles of children and women in worn-torn countries at Greenwich Academy. The event, More than a Snapshot: The Fragile Lives of Children in Conflict, benefitted Save the Children and was presented by Save the Children’s Greenwich Leadership Council, which supports Save the Children through awareness, advocacy and fundraising.

“For more than 10 years, the Greenwich Leadership Council has raised over $1 million dollars for Save the Children, and we are committed to helping Save the Children reach and support the day-to-day needs of kids in crisis,” said GLC President or GLC Chairman.

Addario, a Westport native, has captured some of the most iconic images in war zones ranging from Afghanistan to Libya, and has reported on ISIS in Iraq, maternal mortality in Sierra Leone, and the civil war in South Sudan.

The Pulitzer Prize winner was joined by Save the Children President and CEO Carolyn Miles on the Greenwich Academy stage, as they discussed the hardships of children and mothers living in poverty and violence in war-torn countries.

Attendees also had the opportunity to engage with Addario during a Q&A session covering the challenges of her life as a war correspondent, her captivity in Libya while covering the Arab Spring for The New York Times in 2011, and the current Syrian refugee crisis.  She wrote extensively about these topics in her New York Times best-selling book, “It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War,” which has been optioned by Warner Brothers, and is slated to be directed by Steven Spielberg, and starring Jennifer Lawrence.

“Light is always the first thing I look for in a situation, and these are really dark moments,” said Addario. “If you can just give these kids education, they’ll have a sense of what’s possible.”

The event was attended by 200 guests and raised more than $30,000 for Fairfield-based Save the Children’s efforts to focus on the most deprived and marginalized children, ensuring all boys and girls survive, learn, and are protected from harm.

“No one is more vulnerable during a time of crisis than a child, and thanks to the support of the Greenwich Leadership Council and Lynsey, we can continue to keep the focus on children in these moments,” said Save the Children President and CEO Carolyn Miles. “In Syria alone, more than 250,000 children have been in constant fear for their lives for many months, along with being deprived of food, basic medicine and clean water. These children need our support.”

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Save the Children President and CEO Carolyn Miles speaks with Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Lynsey Addario at More than a Snapshot: The Fragile Lives of Children in Conflict, a Save the Children benefit presented by Save the Children's Greenwich Leadership Council, on Tuesday, April 19, 2016. The event, held at Greenwich Academy, featured Addario and Miles speaking on the hardships of mothers and children in war-torn countries

Save the Children President and CEO Carolyn Miles speaks with Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Lynsey Addario at More than a Snapshot: The Fragile Lives of Children in Conflict, a Save the Children benefit presented by Save the Children’s Greenwich Leadership Council, on Tuesday, April 19. — Photo by Todd Armstrong.

Jennifer Feenstra, Liesbeth Carballo, Sue Mirza, Carolyn Miles, Pat Mendelsohn, Mary Campinell, Shonu Pande.

Jennifer Feenstra, Liesbeth Carballo, Sue Mirza, Carolyn Miles, Pat Mendelsohn, Mary Campinell, Shonu Pande. — Todd Armstrong photo.

Save the Children President and CEO Carolyn Miles with Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Lynsey Addario.

Save the Children President and CEO Carolyn Miles with Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Lynsey Addario. — Photo by Todd Armstrong.

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