Actress Amy Poehler parties for a cause

Emmy-nominated actress Amy Poehler co-hosts an evening benefiting worldwide orphans foundation Photo: Courtesy of WWO

NEW YORK, July 1, 2011 — On June 16, Emmy-nominated Actress Amy Poehler co-hosted an evening filled with live entertainment, hors d’oeuvres and cocktails to support Worldwide Orphans Foundation (WWO)  in New York City. WWO is dedicated to improving the lives of orphaned children around the world through through medical, developmental, psychosocial and educational programs. 

The benefit reception was held at the Manhattan penthouse of New York City real estate developer and WWO board member Matthew Blesso and marked his third Annual Birthday Celebration to benefit WWO.

The evening featured unique musical and artistic performances from around the world both inside and on the rooftop deck. Performers included The Energy, the Ethiopian jazz band Arki, Chloe Temtchin, Irwin Thomas, DJ Vito Fun, and acrobatic and aerialist team RI KI KAI. There were also unusual performances by interpretative dancers, acrobats and fire-eating performers.

r. Jane, Blesso and Poehler on Blesso's penthouse rooftop June 2011.

Dr. Jane, Blesso and Poehler on Blesso’s penthouse rooftop June 2011.

WWO Founder and CEO Dr. Jane Aronson, who served as the evening’s Guest of Honor, spoke about WWO’s mission to serve the world’s orphans and vulnerable children.  “Worldwide Orphans Foundation is about family,” said Dr. Aronson.  “Orphans had families and they lost them due to desperate decisions by adults and conflict, war, tsunami, and earthquakes. Orphans deserve families again. And WWO gives them back a sense of family.”

Poehler of “Parks and Recreation,” will host the WWO’s Seventh Annual Benefit Gala with her husband actor Will Arnett inNovember at Cipriani Wall Street in New York.  She said “I was honored to be asked to go and help spread the word about the amazing organization that is the Worldwide Orphans Foundation. It is important to remember that every child is everyone’s child, and every child deserves a family.”

All proceeds from June’s fundraiser will support WWO programming to serve orphans and vulnerable children around the world.

Andrea is an adoptive mother and a journalist. She is at work on a book, “The Red Thread,” a collection of stories told by families united through adoption. She is also owner of Media Branding International, a public relations/media consulting firm.  Read more The Red Thread: An Adoptive Family Forum in The Communities at The Washington Times.  Follow Andrea at Twitter @ANDPOE and @WTCLifesOnline.  Andrea can be found at Facebook @ Lifes Online at Washington Times Communities and @Andrea Poe and can also be found on LinkedIn. 

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Andrea Poe

Andrea Poe is a veteran journalist, whose work has appeared in thousands of publications, including Town & Country, Marie Claire and Entrepreneur.  She is the author of several books and her work has appeared in many others, including anthologies and college textbooks. 

Andrea serves as editor of the Travel & Food section at The Washington Times Communities.  Her love of travel has led her to cover everything from remote villages in the Andes to her hometown of New York, from Paris to Pittsburgh, from Beijing to the Bahamas.  No matter where she travels, she likes to uncover the unusual and share with readers those often-overlooked aspects of a place and its people.  She dubs her column Raven’s Eye as a nod to her illustrious (and, yes, infamous) relative, Edgar Allan Poe, a writer who knew more than a little something about the quirky and unique.  

Andrea is also mother to Maxine, who was adopted from Vietnam in 2006, and is the inspiration for The Red Thread column on adoption at The Washington Times Communities.   Andrea is currently at work on a book on international adoption.

In addition to her work as mother, writer and traveler, she is the founder and president of Media Branding International, a consulting firm that helps individuals and organizations craft and promote their image in media outlets around the globe.

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