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Posted: 2018-11-08 15:30:00

The International Rescue Committee honored designer and philanthropist Diane von Furstenberg with the Freedom Award and Larry Fink, Chairman and CEO of BlackRock, Inc. with the John C. Whitehead Humanitarian Award at the recent Rescue Dinner Benefit.

Diane von Furstenberg Honored at International Rescue Committee Rescue Dinner

The annual dinner raised $16.8 million to support the organization’s lifesaving humanitarian work around the world.

The evening’s program celebrated two visionary philanthropists their pioneering leadership and significant contributions to IRC’s mission. The event also featured inspirational stories of courage, resilience and hope from IRC staff and beneficiaries.

The Freedom Award, presented to Diane von Furstenberg, honors those who have made extraordinary contributions in support of refugees, and who have championed the cause of liberty, individual freedom and dignity. Diane von Furstenberg, a legend in the fashion industry, is a dedicated philanthropist and an outspoken advocate for vulnerable people.

“So here we are tonight, all together, living in this very strange moment in this very strange world, with borders and doors closing more and more. So what can we do? How can we help?” Diane Von Furstenberg asked. “The task seems so large…. Caring matters. Compassion matters. And you must remember that behind every single life we save, there is a whole dynasty behind them. My family, and the family I created are proof of that. My mother survived, and we’re all here. So I beg you to support this wonderful organization.”

Larry Fink received the John C. Whitehead Humanitarian Award. The award was created in recognition of Mr. Whitehead’s half-century of transformational leadership of the IRC. It is presented annually to individuals who embody Mr. Whitehead’s spirit and passion for humanitarian causes and who have made significant contributions to saving and improving lives around the world. This year, the IRC honored

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