Samsung Honors Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation at 14th Annual Hope for Children Gala

Star studded benefit raises $2M million while celebrating guest and partners who have helped improve children’s lives and communities across the United States
Sep 21, 2015 3:30 PM ET
Ben Stiller presented The Samsung Champion of Hope award to Brad Pitt's Make it Right Foundation and homeowner Leslie Archie from New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward

NEW YORK, September 21, 2015 /3BL Media/ – Samsung hosted its annual star-studded Hope for Children benefit gala (#SamsungGives) today featuring celebrity guests Ben Stiller, Tony Bennett, Josh Lucas and Rob Thomas. The event, held at the Manhattan Center in New York City, honored Samsung’s guests and partners, including Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation, who have helped to improve children’s lives and communities in the United States.

With more than 700 guests in attendance, the event raised $2 million to benefit children’s health and education programs.  One hundred percent of the gala proceeds and additional funds raised by Samsung throughout the year under its Hope for Children initiative go directly to the charities. New to this year’s gala, lucky Galaxy Samsung+ members were invited to attend an exclusive gala party and live music showcase featuring Nick Cannon and Icona Pop followed by a concert performance by Demi Lovato.

Samsung Hope for Children, the company’s global corporate social responsibility platform, brings together the company, its retail partners, and a network of charitable organizations associated with renowned public figures. Over the course of its 14-year history, Samsung philanthropic efforts have contributed more than $46 million helping more than 1,000 schools, hospitals, and foundations throughout the U.S.

“At Samsung, we believe that our business success goes hand in hand with being a good corporate citizen and it begins with children and young adults in the places and communities where we live and work,” said Gregory Lee, President & CEO, Samsung Electronics America. “Tonight’s gala pays tribute to building hope for children around the world by providing access, applying innovation to solve problems, and raising awareness in health, education, and community impact.”

Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation Honored
Make It Right, founded by Brad Pitt, was honored with the “Champion of Hope” award for the organization’s efforts building hundreds of solar-powered, affordable homes for families in need around the United States. Ben Stiller presented the award to homeowner Leslie Archie, who talked about her journey and the impact the organization had on her community, the Lower 9th Ward, after Hurricane Katrina.

To learn more about the Samsung Hope for Children initiative, please visit You can also check out the Samsung Hope for Children Facebook Hope tab at

HD broadcast footage and photos from the event are available at:

About Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
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