Lily Aldridge Followill is an internationally renowned model and a tireless child advocate.
A model from the age of 16, Lily became a Victoria’s Secret Angel in 2009 appearing in their commercials and celebrated Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show ever since. She has been featured in countless editorials including Vanity Fair and Harper’s Bazaar and has graced the covers of Vogue, L’Officiel, Elle, Esquire, GQ, and Glamour, among many others. Lily has been selected for numerous print and television advertising campaigns, her most recent with powerhouses Carolina Herrera, and Michael Kors, and she was just named the new face of Bulgari.
Lily is dedicated to using her celebrity as a platform to positively impact the lives of others, especially vulnerable children. Particularly close to her heart is St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, headquartered in her current home state of Tennessee. St. Jude’s is a leading children’s hospital pioneering research and treatments for kids with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Her advocacy for GOOD+ Foundation (formerly Baby Buggy) has helped raise awareness for the organization’s work providing low-income parents with essential tools – cribs, car seats, strollers, diapers – to maintain the health and safety of their children.
Additionally, Lily partnered with Vogue and Demarchelier for the official Born Free Africa campaign, working to end mother-to-child HIV Transmission and create the first AIDS-free generation. Lily’s philanthropy also includes fundraising for cancer research through the Victoria’s Secret Super Model Cycle. She uses her heartfelt voice to support No Kid Hungry, and SOS Children’s Villages providing a loving home for every child.
World of Children was proud to recognize Lily with our 2016 Advocacy Award for her commitment to children worldwide. In November of 2016, Lily graciously gave up her birthday and asked family and friends to donate to World of Children’s Protection Award. Lily raised over $16,000 for vulnerable children through her fundraiser.
Adam Shulman is a multi-talented jewelry designer and half of the duo that makes up James Banks Design. Since 2012, Adam and his business partner Heidi Nahser-Fink have designed beautiful, exclusive jewelry pieces to benefit World of Children.
The unique jewelry line revolves around the theme ‘Unlock the Future for Children’ and feature iconic lock and key designs. Adam and Heidi also designed the medallion given to each of our Alumni Honorees.
In 2016, Adam and Heidi teamed up with Roseark for an event featuring jewelry inspired by the movie “Alice: Through the Looking Glass.” Proceeds from the event were donated to World of Children.
Adam’s wife, Anne Hathaway, has also shown amazing support for World of Children’s work. Together, Adam and Anne often direct media attention to World of Children programs. They have repeatedly shared World of Children programs with their loyal social media followers and jointly served as Honorary Co-Chairs for the 2015 World of Childrens Ceremony. Adam has served as an event co-chair for our Los Angeles event since its 2015 debut.
Brooke Burke-Charvet is one of social media’s most authentic moms and a constant source of information regarding health and fitness. Brooke has kindly served as the Master of Ceremonies for our Los Angeles event since its debut in 2015 and was an amazing Master of Ceremonies at our 2016 Awards Ceremony in New York City. Brooke is an amazing digital advocate, continually sharing World of Children news with her loyal social media followers.
Brooke hosts Chicken Soup for the Soul’s “Hidden Heroes” an educational Saturday morning show on CBS that reveals the widespread goodwill in our world by secretly capturing heroes in action as they demonstrate kindness, compassion, and commitment to others. For the last six years Brooke has been a “Smile Ambassador” for World of Children Honoree organization Operation Smile. She raises funds, hosts their annual gala and participates in medical missions with her family. Brooke has personally helped raise over $750,000 for Operation Smile, but more importantly she has helped change children’s lives forever.
Rachel Roy is the founder of her eponymous fashion brand and a tireless activist for using your voice to encourage change and design the life you want to live. The Rachel Roy brand debuted in 2004 and for over a decade has been inspiring women to lead individual and limitless lives through courage, conviction and change.
In the spring of 2016, Rachel attended our Hero Awards event in Los Angeles, and quickly became part of the World of Children family. That summer, she visited Honoree Triveni Archana and met the girls she serves through Rescue Foundation in Mumbai, India. Her emotional reactions were shared on her social media channels, commenting that she was “Blessed to witness a true angel in action … One person can change the world.”
In January 2017, Rachel selflessly shared her birthday with World of Children, asking her friends and family to “give the gift of kindness” by donating to our first ever Crisis Award to help Syrian refugee children. Rachel’s birthday campaign raised $26,000 dollars that will be used to provide life-altering medical care to refugee children who desperately need help.
Today, Rachel continues to share with the world that “Kindness is always fashionable.” Her ongoing Gifts for Good website supports World of Children, and her fall 2017 Love Capsule Collection gives fans the opportunity to shop exclusive designs to support and unlock the future.
Rachel has served as an Honorary Chair for the 2017 Hero Awards Benefit and an Event Co-Chair for the 2018 Hero Awards Benefit.
Stephanie March is an actor, philanthropist, and entrepreneur. She is the co-founder of the makeup salon Rouge NY that she founded with her longtime Law and Order SVU makeup artist, Rebecca Perkins. Stephanie is best known for her role as ADA Alex Cabot on TV’s hit series, Law & Order SVU and most recently starred on Adult Swim’s Neon Joe. She has appeared in 30 Rock, Happy Endings, Rescue Me, Grey’s Anatomy, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, The Treatment, Predisposed, and Innocence and has been seen onstage in the critically acclaimed revivals of Death of a Salesman, Talk Radio, and Boys’ Life. Read more about her Professional Credits.
Stephanie spends a significant amount of time traveling globally in her capacity as an activist for causes benefiting women, children, and education. She is on the advisory board of OneKid OneWorld, an organization very dear to her heart. Through her work with OneKid OneWorld, Stephanie has traveled to Kenya and Latin America helping to provide a foundation for education in impoverished communities. Stephanie served on the board of directors of Safe Horizon, the nation’s leading victim assistance organization, for five years. She is currently the celebrity ambassador for the World of Children and is an active advocate for Planned Parenthood.
Her travels with World of Children have taken her to Ukraine, Nepal, Argentina, and Chile to see firsthand the work of Honorees treating pediatric burn patients; repairing cleft lips, congenital heart defects, and limb differences; and rescuing and rehabilitating children trafficked into slavery. Most recently, she wrote about her experiences in South America for Huffington Post.
She has been a spokesperson and advocate for World of Children since 2010 and graciously served as a Co-Host or Presenter at World of Children’s Awards Ceremony from 2010-2016. In November 2015, she rang the NASDAQ opening bell for World of Children with Co-Founder Harry Leibowitz and long-time supporter Alina Cho.
In October 2016, World of Children honored Stephanie with our prestigious Board of Governors’ Award for her extensive work and continuous support of our mission to improve the lives of vulnerable children worldwide. In 2017, she joined us as a member of the Board of Governors.
A renowned journalist who has contributed to stories from around the world, Alina Cho has served on World of Children’s Advisory Council since 2011. Alina has also graciously served as the Master of Ceremonies at our Awards Ceremony since 2009. In November 2015, she rang the NASDAQ opening bell for World of Children with Co-Founder Harry Leibowitz and Celebrity Ambassador Stephanie March.
Alina also hosts “Big Stars, Big Giving,” an annual television special that spotlights the tremendous impact celebrities can have to further charitable causes. Alina’s heartfelt dedication to giving back also shines through her volunteer role as an Executive Committee Member for Literacy Partners and member of the Friends Committee for New Yorkers for Children.
In 2012, World of Children honored Alina with our prestigious Board of Governors’ Award for her exemplary leadership and advocacy of philanthropic efforts serving children.
Andy Adler is a bilingual sportscaster, journalist, and television personality. She currently serves as sports anchor at WPIX and hosts PIX11 Sports Desk, as well as the Yankee Pre-Game Shows. Andy has been an avid World of Children supporter since 2014.
Andy has generously served as a Co-Chair and Master of Ceremonies for our Summer Classic event since 2015. Andy has also broadcasted her PIX11 segment from the golf course on the day of the event, interviewing Advocacy Award Honorees Steve Weatherford and Eric Coleman and sharing their amazing commitments to children with her audience.