Wednesday, October 22, 2014 (NEW YORK, NY) – GQ vice president and publisher Howard Mittman and The Gentlemen’s Fund are proud to announce that the seventh annual Gentlemen’s Ball will recognize a handful of modern gentlemen who champion some of today’s most essential causes: Andrew Garfield, for his support of Worldwide Orphans and Youth Mentoring Connection
- Joshua Jackson, for his support of Oceana
- Taylor Kitsch, for his support of the African Children’s Choir
- George Lopez, for his involvementwith the Lopez Foundation
- Zachary Quinto, for his support of The Trevor Project
The men will receive Ambassador Awards presented by Nautica at this year’s Ball, which will take place on Wednesday, October 22, at the IAC HQ, hosted by Andy Cohen.
The evening’s Leader Awards, presented by Movado, will recognize social entrepreneur Sean D. Carasso, founder of Falling Whistles, an organization that sells whistles to raise money for education, advocacy, and the rehabilitation of war-affected people in Congo; F.K. Day, founder and president of World Bicycle Relief, which distributes bicycles and simultaneously supports community health care, education, and local economies; Nick Ehrmann, founder and CEO of Blue Engine, an organization dedicated to improving the odds of college completion for students from low-income families; Stephen Powell, executive director of Mentoring USA, whose passion for mentoring and community has expanded technical assistance efforts across the nation; and Barrett Ward, founder and CEO of fashionABLE, a company that creates sustainable business opportunities in Africa, with a focus on women and women-run businesses.
The Leader Awards recipients were chosen by GQ’s advisory panel: Jenna Bush Hager, contributing correspondent of NBC’s TODAY and chair of UNICEF Next Generation; Scott Harrison, founder and CEO of charity: water; Blake Mycoskie, founder and chief shoe giver TOMS; Paul Rieckhoff, founder and CEO of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America; and Darnell Strom, executive of CAA Foundation.
“I am deeply honored by this award,” stated Powell. “Ensuring young people have quality mentors in their lives is my passion so I never feel like I am at work as Executive Director of Mentoring USA. This award is incredible and I am very grateful and so humbled by being in the company of the other recipients of the Leader Awards. Thank you, GQ, Movado and CAA and for this special recognition.”
This year, for the first time, The Gentlemen’s Fund partnered with CAA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Creative Artists Agency, to tap into their notable roster of talent to select men who are utilizing their star power to give back in deserving ways. Funds raised by the 2014 Gentlemen’s Ball will benefit Worldwide Orphans, Youth Mentoring Connection, Oceana, African Children’s Choir, The Trevor Project, and Lopez Foundation.
Missed the event? See a recap of the winners here.