Americares Airlift Benefit Takes Flight at TWA Hotel

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The 2024 Americares Airlift Benefit, celebrating 45 years of life-changing health programs and the health workers who make the programs possible, raised $1.9 million to improve health worldwide.

Nearly 400 guests attended the April 11th benefit hosted by award-winning actor and producer Bryan Cranston at the historic TWA Hotel at the John F. Kennedy International Airport. This year’s event culminated with a group of guests departing on an airlift to Colombia to see Americares work firsthand.


Master of Ceremonies Bryan Cranston, Americares President and CEO Christine Squires, and Americares Board Member Tony Goldwyn.

The featured speakers included Americares Colombia Country Director Diana Gutiérrez de Piñeres, Americares Deputy Senior Vice President of Emergency Programs Provash Budden and Svitlana Pugach, director of strategic partnerships at Tabletochki, a Ukraine-based partner organization that provides treatment for childhood cancer. Other notable guests included Americares Board Member and Actor, Director, Producer Tony Goldwyn and Americares Board Member and CNN Anchor and National Correspondent Erica Hill.


Christine Squires.
Americares Colombia Country Director Diana Gutiérrez de Piñeres.
Featured speaker Svitlana Pugach, director of strategic partnerships at Tabletochki.

Longtime Americares supporters Ignacio and Samhita Jayanti, Alexander and Sarah Saint-Amand, Mike and Lisa Ullmann and Eric and Joy Weintz co-chaired this year’s successful event, produced by STAMP Event Co.

Cranston and Goldwyn surprised the crowd by auctioning off exclusive access to upcoming premieres. Cranston auctioned backstage passes to the opening night of a Broadway play and an autographed bottle of Dos Hombres—his artisanal mezcal with Aaron Paul. Goldwyn auctioned two tickets to the New York premiere of his latest film, “Ezra,” starring Bobby Cannavale, Rose Byrne and Robert DeNiro. 


Lydia Fenet Agency Founder and CEO Lydia Fenet, Tony Goldwyn and Bryan Cranston on stage during the paddle raise. Goldwyn and Cranston surprised the crowd by auctioning off exclusive access to upcoming premieres.

The evening raised $1.9M in funds to help continue Americares’ work around the world aiding people affected by poverty and disaster.

A leader in the humanitarian sector, Americares is No. 9 on Forbes 2023 list of Top 100 Charities and a four-star rated charity—the highest possible—by Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. Americares helps communities prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters; increase accessibility, availability, affordability and acceptability of medicine and medical supplies; improve and expand health services; and prevent disease and promote good health.


L. to r.: David Yount and Americares Board Member and CNN Anchor and National Correspondent Erica Hill; Americares Leadership Council Co-Chair Jim Conroy and Americares Board Member and Leadership Council Member Roberta Conroy.
Americares Leadership Council Member Ward Horton, Leadership Council Co-Chair Alexa Horton, Grace Horton and Will Horton.
Kent Dombal, Americares Board Chair Susan Grossman, Americares Board Member Steve Gallucci, and Maura Gallucci.
Americares Deputy Senior Vice President of Emergency Programs Provash Budden and Stuart Woody.
Sheri Sobrato, Nicole Gustafson, Cortney Weintz, Leif Weintz and event co-chairs Eric Weintz and Joy Weintz.
Tony Goldwyn and Bryan Cranston.
Americares Leadership Council Member Alan Feldman and Betty Feldman.
Americares Board Member and event co-chair Sarah Saint-Amand, David Decima, Evangeline Decima, and Deb Dowling.
Jim Bosek with Americares Leadership Council Members Kristin Bosek, Diane Bosek, Sara Bosek, and Americares Board Member Tim Bosek.
Steven and Joan Weisman.
Aarti Abularach, Americares Board Member and event co-chain Samhita Jayanti, and event co-chair Ignacio Jayanti.
Americares Board Member Walter Weil and event co-chairs Lisa Ullmann and Americares Board Member Michael Ullmann.
Phil Dahlin and Americares Vice President of Strategic Partnerships Diana Maguire.
Americares Board Member Steve Galllucci and Maura Gallucci.
Francine Gingras and Americares Board Member Stephen L. Sadove.
L. to r.: Jennifer Horowitz and Paul Glick; Dr. Tim Tiutan.
Frank Lyon, Carol Bauer, George Bauer, Laura Dijs, and Hans Dijs.
Tom and Bonnie Abate.
Anushka Verma, Nabeeha Islam, Saiful Islam, and Tiffany Parra.

Photograph by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images, Zach Gilard, & Jeff Kennel for Americares.

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