Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Connelly is joining Save the Children as an Artist Ambassador to advocate for children in need in the United States and around the world, the global humanitarian agency announced at its fourth biennial Celebration of Hope charity event in Greenwich, Conn.

“I’m honored to be an Artist Ambassador for Save the Children, working to ensure all children receive an equal start in life. An investment in our children is an investment in our future,” said Jennifer Connelly, actress and mother of three. “As a mom, I welcome this opportunity to help other moms around the world achieve the dreams they have for their children.”

The dynamic duo of the Fourth Hour of TODAY, Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb, co-hosted the evening benefit, which was sponsored by Save the Children’s Greenwich and Westchester Leadership Councils. This year’s event will benefit Save the Children’s early childhood education programs in the United States and globally.

During the event, Save the Children President and CEO Carolyn Miles presented the Humanitarian Award to Andrea Collins, Save the Children Trustee, and the Corporate Leadership Award to Richard Robinson, Scholastic Chairman of the Board, President and CEO.

More than 350 guests turned out for the evening affair at the Hyatt Regency in Old Greenwich, Conn. to show their support for early education. The evening included a cocktail reception and dinner, along with entertainment and a private auction. Guests bid on auction treats like dinner for 10 in the wine cellar of chef Mario Batali's Babbo’s restaurant, two tickets to the London Olympics with accommodations and round-trip upper-class airfare on Virgin Atlantic; a golfer’s Pinehurst dream getaway for four and a two-week stay at a summer house with private beach at the Stockholm Archipelago.

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