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The Sandy Hook Promise Honored former US Vice-President Joe Biden &  Pepsico CEO Indra Nooyl, during its 2017 Inaugural New York City Gala !

Photo: Indra Nooyl (Pepsico CEO & Chairman )

NEW YORK(SMI-WIRE,12.12.17)The leading gun violence organization Sandy Hook Promise(SHP), hosted its first New York City benefit gala; commemorating the 5-year remembrance of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy and honoring former US Vice-President Joe Biden and Pepsico Chairman & CEO Indra Nooyi, for their extraordinary commitment to gun violence prevention at  The Plaza Hotel in New York City.

The Sandy Hook Promise(SHP) is a national nonprofit organization that is led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 04, 2012. SHP's mission is to prevent gun violence (and other forms of violence and victimization) BEFORE it happens by educating and mobilizing youth and adults to identify, intervene and get help for at-risk individuals.

SHP is a moderate, above-the-politics organization that supports sensible program and policy solutions that address the " humane-side " of gun violence by preventing individuals from ever getting to the point of picking up a firearm to hurt themselves or others.Our words, actions and impact nationwide are intended to honor all victims of gun violence by turning our tragedy into a moment of transformation.

The event was hosted by CBS This Morning Co-Anchor ; Gayle King and featured special performance by Sheryl Crow.

"We are honored to recognize former US Vice-President Joe Biden and Pepsico Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi at our first New York City Benefit.They are incredible champions of our efforts to help stop violence before it starts,". said Nicole Hockley, Managing Director and co-founder of Sandy Hook Promise, and mother of Dylan, who was 6-years old when he was killed in the Sandy Hook tragedy.

" After experiencing the greatest of losses, Mark Barden and Nicole Hockley started Sandy Hook Promise with the goal of making this country safer for other children," said former US Vice-President Joe Biden. " It has been an immense honor to stand next to Mark and Nicole for the past five years, and I intend to continue working with them until no parent has to suffer the loss of a child as a result of gun violence. We have much more work to do."

"I'm so deeply honored and touched to be recognized by the families of Sandy Hook Promise. While nothing we do or say can soothe the anguish of losing a child, we are proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with these courageous and resilient families, and anyone who shares our dream of a safer world ". said CEO & Chairman of Pepsico Indra Nooyi

The Gala Notable Attendees: Joe  Biden (Former US Vice-President),

Indra K. Nooyi (Chairman & CEO Pepsico), Joe Montana( Former NFL Quarterback),

Sophia Bush (American Actress ),  Zoe Kazan (American Actress), Victor Cruz (Former NY Giants Player), Justin Tuck (Former NFL Player-NY Giants), Gayle King (Co-Cost for CBS This Morning), Sheryl Crow (American Singer/Performance ).

CO-Chairs: Ron Conway & Family (Founder, SV Angel), Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild and Sir Evelyn Rothschild, Ken Lerer( Managing Partner Lerer, Hippeau, Chairman BuzzFeed), John K. Mara (President, CEO & Co-Founder of New York Giants), Ricky Sandler (CEO, CIO & founder of Eminence Capital), Mara Sandler (Board Member of Ovarian CANCER Research Fund & CASA Columbia), Adam Silver (NBA Commissioner), George J. Tsunis (Founder & Chairman & CEO of Chartwell Hotels), Darren Walker(President, Ford Foundation) & Robert Wolf ( Founder 32 Advisors, former President & COO, UBS Investment Bank).

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