Stamford Advocate

Tony Goldwyn, Adria Arjona, Jennifer Aniston to helm Americares event

- By Randi Weiner

STAMFORD — A virtual fundraiser to benefit internatio­nal health and welfare programs supported by Stamford-based Americares will have a starspangl­ed kickoff Oct. 2 with three well-known actors taking the helm.

Adria Arjona and Tony Goldwyn will host the event, with Jennifer Aniston as honorary co-chair.

“This inspiratio­nal evening will not only bring our supporters closer to Americares’ mission of saving lives and improving health for people affected by poverty or disaster, it will also help us raise critical funds to support our life-saving health programs,” said Americares President and CEO Christine Squires in a press release talking about the event. “We look forward to an unforgetta­ble night.”

The virtual benefit celebrates the organizati­on’s health programs for people affected by poverty or disaster and the health workers and partners who make the programs possible.

Americares supports more than 4,000 health centers worldwide with

health projects and donations of medicine.

It will livestream from Americares headquarte­rs, with supporters taken on a virtual trip to see the organizati­on’s programs in Ghana, Honduras, Colombia, the Philippine­s and the United States. Among the highlights of the video will be interviews with families facing disasters from climate change and those facing poverty and inequity.

Goldwyn, a longtime Americares supporter, joined the board of directors

in 2018. The New Canaan resident has volunteere­d with Americares after disasters, traveled to see the organizati­on’s health programs in Guatemala and Puerto Rico and participat­ed in numerous fundraiser­s over the years. He’s starring in the upcoming feature “King Richard” with Will Smith and will be part of the limited series “The Hot Zone: Anthrax” on NatGeo.

“I have seen firsthand the impact Americares is making,” Goldwyn said. “The virtual benefit is an opportunit­y to go behind the scenes and meet their dedicated relief workers and the families they are helping all over the world.”

Arjona, who is starring alongside Jared Leto in the upcoming Marvel action film “Morbius,” opposite Andy Garcia in the latest “Father of the Bride” reboot and in the new “Star Wars: Rogue One” spinoff series “Andor” on Disney+, was introduced to Americares by Goldwyn.

She said she was impressed by the organizati­on’s health projects, disaster response work and support for under-resourced hospitals and health clinics around the world and felt compelled to help galvanize support for the organizati­on.

“I am honored to be joining Tony as co-host for this year’s Airlift Benefit and look forward to bringing guests closer to the causes they care about, with opportunit­ies to take action and make a difference,” she said.

The special one-hour virtual event will debut on­1, Americares Facebook Page and Americares YouTube Channel at 8 p.m.

 ?? Amy Sussman / Getty Images ?? Tony Goldwyn
Amy Sussman / Getty Images Tony Goldwyn
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Vittorio Zunino Celotto / Getty Images Adria Arjona

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