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Photo: Laurence D. Fink (Chairman & CEO of BlackRock Inc)

The International Rescue Committe Commemorated its 2018 Annual Rescue Benefit Dinner, Honoring Laurence D. Fink(CEO of BlackRock, Inc) & Diane von Furstenberg (Renowned Fashion Designer) at The New York Hilton in New York City…!


NEW YORK, NY(SMIWIRE,11.02.18)-The International Rescue Committe, a global non-profit organization that comes to the aid of the world's worst humanitarian crises, celebrated this evening (Thursday, November 01), its annual 2018 Rescue Benefit Dinner, honoring renowned fashion designer & philanthropist; Diane Von Furstenberg & Chairman & CEO

of BlackRock, Inc, Laurence D. Fink, at The New York Hilton Midtown in New York City.


The Rescue Dinner is the International Rescue Committee’s signature annual fundraising gala. The event brings together more than 800 luminaries from the corporate, philanthropic, diplomatic and media communities in support of their (IRC) vital humanitarian work around the world.

Notable Attendees included: Laurence D. Fink, Diane Von Furstenberg, Dabid Miliband, Barry Diller, Belly(Rapper/Musician), Kathryn Bigelow, Keegan-Micahel Key, Lester Holt, Tom Brokaw, Omar Lopez-Cepero, Henry Kissinger,

Arianna Rosario, and many more...

This year honoree for The John C. Whitehead Humanitarian Award was:

Laurence D. Fink (  Chairman and CEO BlackRock, Inc.), was presented with The 2018 John C. Whitehead Humanitarian Award.


The John C. Whitehead Humanitarian Award was created in recognition of the half-century of transformational leadership and support that John dedicated to the International Rescue Committee (IRC). The Whitehead Award is presented each year at the IRC’s annual dinner to individuals whose sustained commitment embodies John’s spirit and passion for humanitarian causes, and who have made significant contributions to saving and improving lives around the world. Established in February 2015, the award honors the value of civic engagement and memorializes John Whitehead’s lifelong commitment to humanity through selfless, courageous, creative, and compassionate acts.Past recipient of this award were the following:

2017 Liv Ullmann 

2016 The Mack Family: Christy K. and John J. Mack; Jenna A. Mack; John C. Mack; Stephen K. Mack 

2015 Josh Weston 

The 2018  The IRC Freedom Award Honree:

Diane Von Furstenberg ( Renowned Fashion Designer & Philanthropist) was presented with the 2018 Freedom Award, during award ceremony at the dinner.

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