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Chris Cornell's Widow Vicky Appointed to Non-Profit Council Supporting Abused, Neglected Children

Chris Cornell and Vicky Karayiannis arrive to the Los Angeles premiere of The Promise at TCL Chinese Theatre on April 12, 2017 in Hollywood, Calif.
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Chris Cornell and Vicky Karayiannis arrive to the Los Angeles premiere of The Promise at TCL Chinese Theatre on April 12, 2017 in Hollywood, Calif.

She joins the Children's Council for The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and serve as vice chair of the organization's 2018 Spring Luncheon.

Vicky Cornell, wife of the late Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell, has been appointed to the Children's Council of The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NYSPCC), the non-profit organization announced on Wednesday (April 4). 

As well, Cornell will act as vice chair of the society's annual Spring Luncheon fundraiser this year, which will feature Olympic gold medal gymnast McKayla Maroney making her first public remarks since providing testimony in Larry Nasar's child sexual abuse trail. 

Cornell is the co-founder of the Chris & Vicky Cornell Foundation, which she formed with her late husband in 2012 to support children who are impacted by the traumas of foster care, poverty, addiction, child abuse and neglect. 

"I am excited to join The NYSPCC to support its extraordinary work positively impacting the lives of vulnerable children nationwide," she said in a statement. "Chris and I always shared a strong belief in helping children, and the mission of The NYSPCC is perfectly aligned with our foundation's mission."

The NYSPCC was founded in 1875, becoming the first child protection agency in the world. Since then, its mission has been to support the needs of abused and neglected children with best practice counseling and legal and educational services. The Children's Council supports the Society's work with advocacy, awareness and fundraising efforts. 

"When I first met Vicky I knew that we shared the same passion for helping children and families who have been impacted by child abuse and neglect," said NYSPCC executive director Mary L. Pulido, Ph.D., in a statement. "We are thrilled to have Vicky and her amazing foundation partner with us, and we're honored to continue Chris's steadfast dedication to the cause."

The Spring Luncheon will be held in April, which is Child Abuse Prevention Month, at The Pierre in New York City. Cornell joins Luncheon co-chairs, philanthropist Valesca Guerrand-Hermes and Today Show contributor Elizabeth Mayhew.

This is the latest in a number of announcements to come over the past year regarding Cornell's philanthropic efforts, as she has worked to carry on her late husband's legacy following his unexpected death on May 18, 2017. In February, she joined the Addiction Policy Forum's advisory board and last December led a coalition to create an endowed fund of more than $1 million to support student scholarships at the UCLA School of Law. As well, last July, Cornell committed $100,000 to Seattle nonprofit Childhaven to establish the Chris Cornell Music Therapy Program at Childhaven


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