On May 29 Sesame Street children’s educational programme celebrated its 50th anniversary by arranging a charity event.
The event was housed by Cipriani Wall Street in New York. The celebration included performances by John Legend and celebrity guests including Lin-Manuel Miranda, John Oliver, Chrissy Teigen and Sesame Street characters.
The Joan Ganz Cooney Award named after the creator of Sesame Street was given to the former First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama. Sherrie Westin, President of Global Impact and Philanthropy, thanked Mrs. Obama for her social work in many fields: “from fighting childhood obesity, to supporting military families, to empowering girls the world over, Mrs. Obama is a tireless champion of children and families” Westlin commented. John Goodwin, CEO of LEGO Foundation, was honored with the award for innovation and child support through the medium of play. The organizers also honored Ford Foundation and New York’s Carnegie Corporation that were among the first sponsors of Sesame Street back in the 1960’s.
The event managed to raise over USD 4.5 mil that will be used to fulfill Sesame Workshop’s main mission, help children.
Sesame Street is an international children’s educational TV programme first aired on November 10, 1969. The programme is produced by Sesame Workshop, a non-profit media and educational foundation aimed at teaching and protecting children in over 150 countries of the world.