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Children's Rights Benefit 2012
The Plaza Hotel
October 10, 2012

Written by Wendy R Williams
Photo Credit:
Patrick McMullen

Opposite Photo: Nick Cannon and
Kasseem "Swizz Beatz" Dean

Children's Rights advocates for some of our nation's must vulnerable citizens - children in foster care. The organization helps these children in a very effective (and clever) way; instead of spending their donated dollars to directly benefit abused and neglected children, they sue the States that are responsible for the abuse and neglect thus multiplying the benefit of each dollar spent. In times of economic hardship (or any other time that suits certain States) under funding for a constituency that is too young and vulnerable to take to the street in protest, is an easy choice. That is, it's an easy choice until the State has to deal with the pesky problem (and bad publicity) of having their Attorney General hauled into Federal Court to explain why their children are being abused and/or dying while in their under funded and under supervised care.

Kasseem "Swizz Beatz" Dean

Darryl DMC McDaniels

On October 10, 2012, Children's Rights hosted their annual benefit at New York City's Plaza Hotel. This year, Grammy Award-winning producer Kasseem 'Swizz Beatz' Dean (AKA Alicia Keyes' husband), Received the Children’s Rights’ Champion Award. Children’s Rights Board Member Darryl “DMC” McDaniels (of Run DMC) served as emcee. The event was co-chaired by DJ and Producer Nick Cannon (AKA Mariah Carey's husband) and Michael Cayre.

In his acceptance speech, Swizz spoke about how important it is to protect vulnerable children: "When you’re a family man (Swizz and Alicia recently had a baby boy they named Egypt) you understand how important it is for every child to have an equal chance.”

Miss Mykie, Bow Wow, Paigion and Shorty Da Prince

Kasseem "Swizz Beatz" Dean

Among the guests were several celebrities from the Hip Hop Industry who were honored later that evening at the After Party sponsored by Reebok Classic.

The Benefit raised more than half a million dollars. Hugh Hildesley, Executive VP and Senior Auctioneer at Sotheby’s ran the annual reverse auction; which raised over $200,000 dollars.

Lana Smith and John Kluge

John Kluge and Arden Wohl

Jacob Zucker, Lizzi Bickford, Barbara Hemmerle-Gollust and Gregory Beltrame

Catherine Petree-Biron, Sahel Golestan, Kasseem "Swizz Beatz" Dean,
Amy Laurent and Tom Murro

Carlos Alvarez-Aranyos, Moises de la Renta and Laurent Biron

Victoria Leeds and Charles Jacoby

Gabriel Rivera-Barraza










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