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Sesame Workshop Annual Benefit

Coming Together  |   June 2, 2021

An invitation to come together.

Sesame Street was founded on the values of diversity, equity, and kindness. 50 years later, that commitment has only deepened. Today we’re helping families face the critical issues of our time, from grappling with the painful past and present of racial inequity to nurturing children’s appreciation of their own identities and those of others. 

Now more than ever, we need friends like you to stand with us. Please join us on Wednesday, June 2 for Sesame Workshop’s Virtual Benefit. When we come together, we have the power to build a more just and inclusive future for all children.


John Legend Gala Headshot
John Legend

Artist and Activist; Joan Ganz Cooney Award

March Pritchard Gala Headshot
Procter & Gamble

Corporate Leadership Award; Accepted by Marc Pritchard, Chief Brand Officer

Special Appearances

Gayle King Headshot
Gayle King


Jon Baptiste Headshot
Jon Batiste
Jimmy Fallon Gala 2021
Jimmy Fallon
Amanda Gorman
Amanda Gorman
Michelle Obama Gala 2021
Michelle Obama
John Oliver Gala 2021
John Oliver
The Roots Gala 2021
The Roots

Photo Credits: Michele Crowe/CBS (Gayle King), Louis Browne (Jon Batiste), NBC (Jimmy Fallon), Eric Williams (John Legend)

Elmo, Tamir, Gaby and Abby wearing masks and holding signs

A virtual benefit experience

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

VIP Virtual Pre-Reception 6:30 PM EST; Virtual Benefit 7:00 PM EST

A link to the Virtual Benefit will be sent to all registrants prior to June 2. For more info please contact or call 212-245-6570

Make a Gift

The Power of We Host Committee


Joan Ganz Cooney

Benefit Chairs

Procter & Gamble

American Greetings

Jane Hartley and Ralph Schlosstein

Christy and John Mack 

Ogden CAP Properties, LLC

YouTube Kids


Benefit Co-Chairs

Bank of America


The Bezos Family

Karen and Jeff Dunn

Kathy and Henry Elsesser

Marlene Hess and Jim Zirin

Anne and Vincent Mai

Diane Sawyer

The PNC Financial Services Group

Ann and Andrew Tisch


Benefit Committee

Apple TV+

Bloomberg Philanthropies 

Thasunda and Richard Duckett

Vanessa and Lee Eastman

The Marc Haas Foundation

Hobson/Lucas Family Foundation

Goldman Sachs Gives

Valerie Jarrett

Kaufman Astoria Studios

Alison and Paul Lindley

Jenna Mack

Janet and Tom Montag

Iris and Michael Smith

Morgan Stanley

S&P Global

The Tichio Family

Tishman Speyer


Jeff Weiss and the Weiss Family Foundation

Sherrie and David Westin



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 212-245-6570 x20 or x23

Two women and two young children smile with Rosita outdoors.

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