Grover and a child on a bicycle

Sesame Workshop's Annual Benefit Dinner

Welcome Sesame  |  June 1, 2022

Sesame Workshop’s philanthropically funded initiatives meet some of the most urgent needs faced by today’s children, families, and caregivers. Our 2022 Annual Benefit will highlight Welcome Sesame, our work helping children affected by conflict and crisis. Your support is essential to help us expand our work and continue bringing quality early learning, comfort, and hope to young children and families touched by crisis—wherever they may be.

Please join us on June 1 to learn more. You will be most welcome.


Edi Rama
His Excellency Edi Rama

Prime Minister of Albania; Joan Ganz Cooney Global Leadership Award

Nazanin Ash

Civic Leadership Award; Accepted by Nazanin Ash, Chief Executive Officer

Host and Musical Performance

Hoda Kotb
Hoda Kotb

Co-Anchor, “TODAY” and co-host, “TODAY WITH HODA AND JENNA”

Tori Kelly headshot
Tori Kelly

Multi-Grammy® Award-winning singer-songwriter and producer

Special Appearances

John Oliver
John Oliver

Writer and Host, "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver"

Event Details

Big Bird, Abby, Cookie, Grover and Elmo

Sesame Workshop’s Annual Benefit Dinner

Wednesday, June 1 at Cipriani 42nd Street 
(between Park Avenue and Lexington Avenue)

Details for the evening are: 

6:00 PM Reception;
7:00 PM Dinner and Program;
8:45 PM Dessert; and,
Dress is Cocktail Attire

COVID protocols for the comfort of all guests: Cipriani has upgraded its air filtration system above New York City requirements. Only fully-vaccinated guests and those who share negative antigen test taken after 6PM on Tuesday, May 31, are permitted to attend this event. We extend our appreciation for your help to make this an enjoyable and safe evening.

For more information, please contact Benefit Headquarters at or 212-627-1000.

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Highlights from Past Galas

Michelle Obama at Sesame Street's 50th Anniversary gala with Big Bird, Grover, Abby Cadabby and Elmo
Michelle Obama
Oprah Winfrey, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and Heather Headley pose with muppets at Sesame Workshop's gala event
Oprah Winfrey, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and Heather Headley
Dr. Jill Biden and Vice President Joe Biden smile with the muppets
Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden
Vanessa Williams, Queen Rania and Barbara Walters smile together
Vanessa Williams, HRH Queen Rania, and Barbara Walters
Bill Clinton, Elmo and Jon Stewart in front of a Sesame Street backdrop
President Bill Clinton and Jon Stewart
John Legend sings and plays piano with Elmo and Abby Cadabby
John Legend
Jon Oliver talks on a microphone to Cookie Monster in front of a purple curtain
John Oliver
Michael Bloomberg smiles with a puppet version of himself
The Honorable Michael Bloomberg
Michael Buble and Joan Ganz Cooney smile with a group of muppet friends
Michael Buble
Lin Manuel-Miranda smile on stage in front of a blue curtain
Lin-Manuel Miranda
Hoda Kotb smiles with her arms around The Count, Abby Cadabby, Elmo and Grover
Hoda Kotb
Katie Couric smiles with Zoe, Elmo and The Count
Katie Couric
Chrissy Teigen and Big Bird speak on stage in front of a blue curtain
Chrissy Teigen
Charlie Puth sings into a microphone and plays piano with Elmo
Charlie Puth
Andy Grammer waves and smiles while holding a guitar next to Elmo
Andy Grammer
Elvis Costello holds his guitar and poses with the muppets
Elvis Costello
Norah O'Donnel and Sara Bareilles sing on microphones with the muppets
Norah O'Donnell and Sara Bareilles
Joan Ganz Cooney smiles with Rosita, Abby Cadabby, Zoe, Elmo and Grover
Joan Ganz Cooney
Chris Jackson sings on a microphone with Abby Cadabby and Elmo
Chris Jackson
Anderson Cooper and Elmo smile in front of a Sesame Street background
Anderson Cooper

For additional information, please contact Benefit Headquarters at or 212-627-1000.

Two women and two young children smile with Rosita outdoors.

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