Honorary event chair Grace Raymond and creative director Luam Keflezgy are leading the effort to transform the annual event. “There are 250 million kids around the world who can’t read and write. The evening will portray a living world and an environmental utopia, in which all children have access to an education,” Raymond said of what guests can expect at the event.
The 2016 gala will feature an awards portion, highlighting the partnership with footwear brand Stuart Weitzman, which has supported Pencils of Promise with their Shoes for Schools campaign, through which they funded the construction of three schools: one each in Ghana, Guatemala and Laos. The night will also recognize the Womble Family/Collis Foundation.
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This year marks the sixth annual Pencils of Promise Gala to raise funds for children’s education in developing countries. Previous honorees and performers have included Justin Bieber, John Legend, Usher, Gary Vaynerchuk, Malala Yousafzai and Scooter Braun. The event will contribute to the organization’s efforts of improving access to quality education.