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Cranston, Goldwyn advocate for Americares

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Scene… The 2024 Americares Airlift Benefit hosted by award-winning actor and producer Bryan Cranston raised $1.9 million to improve health worldwide. Nearly 400 guests attended the benefit held at the TWA Hotel at the John F. Kennedy Internatio­nal Airport in New York City on April 11. In addition to Cranston, notable guests included Americares board member Tony Goldwyn, a New Canaan resident and actor, director and producer, and Erica Hill ,aCNN anchor and national correspond­ent. Featured speakers included Americares Colombia Country Director Diana Gutiérrez dePiñeres Botero, Americares Deputy Senior Vice President of Emergency Programs Provash Budden and Svitlana Pugach, director of strategic partnershi­ps at Tabletochk­i, a Ukrainebas­ed partner organizati­on that provides treatment for childhood cancer. The event, which highlighte­d the organizati­on's response to the humanitari­an crisis in Ukraine and health clinics in Colombia, culminated with a group of guests departing on an airlift to Colombia to visit Americares health centers and mobile clinics for families fleeing the humanitari­an crisis in Venezuela and other underserve­d population­s.

Out there… The Greenwich Library is featuring an author book signing event on April 28 at 2:30 p.m. with Greenwich author and former fashion

designer Marianne Thompson. Thompson will discuss her debut novel, “Seventh Avenue Undressed: A Bare All on New York's Mob-Controlled Fashion Industry.” A 40-year veteran of New York's fashion industry, Thompson and her colleagues were firsthand witnesses to Mafia operations after unwittingl­y being hired by firms controlled by the Mob. Thompson research also includes Women's Wear Daily's1977 nine-part bombshell series, “The Mafia: Seventh Avenue's Silent Partner,” which uncovered massive Mafia participat­ion at every level in the fashion industry. The book is available on Amazon and in

bookstores. For more info, go to www.marianneth­ompson.com or call the Greenwich library at 203622-7900.

Scene… Greenwich resident and renowned photograph­er Fred Watkins was honored on Tuesday with a proclamati­on from First Selectman Fred Camillo citing April 16 as Fred Watkins Day. Watkins was raised in Greenwich and attended Greenwich Public Schools and Western Connecticu­t State University. His work has been seen in numerous publicatio­ns including Ebony and Jet Magazine, where he worked as staff photograph­er for 20 years, Life, Time and People magazines

and in books including “Nelson Mandela: The Fight Against Apartheid” and Billy Crystal’s “Still Foolin' 'Em.” He served as a member of the White House Press Corps for over 35 years where he photograph­ed every U.S. president since George H. W. Bush, as well as heads of state including Russian President Vladimir Putin and South African President Nelson Mandela.

Out there… “The Calling,” an evening of storytelli­ng and dinner, takes place at Christ Church Greenwich on May 3 at 6:30 p.m. The evening led by Bonnie Levison, a Greenwich resident and storytelli­ng coach with

“The Moth,” will feature producer Brad Winters ("Berlin Station,” “The Americans,” “Oz”); Peter Barhydt, editor-in-chief of Greenwich Sentinel; Bob Capazzo, a photograph­er and leader of the band Merlin; and Rob Ainsley, artistic and general director of The Glimmergla­ss Festival; Patricia Walsh Chadwick, CEO of Anchor Health Initiative and author of her soon-to-be-released memoir “Breaking Glass: Tales from the Witch of Wall Street.” For tickets ($65), go to “Special Events” on christchur­chgreenwic­h.org.

Out there… The Chamber of Commerce's April After Six networking event

takes place April 29, 5:30 to 7 p.m. at PodPopuli Greenwich podcasting production hub at 12 W. Putnam Ave., at the top of Greenwich Avenue. The event will offer informatio­n on creating podcasts for business networking. Light bites, beverages and prizes are included. To register ($40 members/$45 nonmembers), go to greenwichc­hamber.com.

And that’s all for now. Later…

“I love Passover because for me it is a cry against indifferen­ce, a cry for compassion.” –

 ?? Bryan Bedder/Getty Images ?? Actor Bryan Cranston, Americares President and CEO Christine Squires and actor Tony Goldwyn at the Americares Airlift Benefit. Cranston hosted the annual event while Goldwyn is an Americares board member.
Bryan Bedder/Getty Images Actor Bryan Cranston, Americares President and CEO Christine Squires and actor Tony Goldwyn at the Americares Airlift Benefit. Cranston hosted the annual event while Goldwyn is an Americares board member.
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