May 29, 2019

Cipriani Wall Street, New York, United States


Sesame Workshop today announced that former First Lady Michelle Obama will accept the Joan Ganz Cooney Award, named for Sesame Street’s creator, at the nonprofit organization’s annual benefit dinner on May 29.

This event celebrates Sesame Street’s landmark 50th anniversary year.

This year’s benefit will highlight Sesame Workshop’s efforts to reach vulnerable children everywhere, from their iconic flagship television show to their wide-reaching social impact work in the United States and around the world. Today, the organization reaches children and families in more than 150 countries, many of whom have no other access to quality early education; the organization is providing early learning to millions of children affected by the Syrian and Rohingya refugee crises, tackling girls’ empowerment in places like Afghanistan, addressing the unique needs of military families with young children, and much more.

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