On September 21st my husband and I had the honor to host a benefit at our home here in New Canaan, CT for the People’s Portfolio, a nonprofit founded in 2013 by worldrenowned photographer Platon Antoniou. Platon created The People’s Portfolio in 2013 as a photography and storytelling nonprofit to address gaps in global news coverage using portrait photography and multimedia to give a fresh visual language to human rights abuses and human rights defenders—these brave defenders are our true heroes! Platon has taken more pictures of world leaders than any other photographer in history, not to mention celebrities, moguls, legendary musicians and tech titans. His images have graced the covers of such magazines as Time, Vogue, Rolling Stone, the New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, Esquire, GQ and Wired for decades. However, there is a different side to this great artist that we came together to recognize and support by fundraising for future projects. Platon is a humanitarian who has used his gifts and his insight to show the rawness, vulnerability and truth in life in a way that most photographers and social media try to cover up. He creates human connections by stripping away the masks and showing the true faces of power to expose where it is used for corruption and personal gains. He shows how we the people have the power to evoke change. Platon presented The People’s Portfolio’s work in the Congo and elsewhere and showed attendees the need for global attention to address these crises. The former second lady, Dr. Jill Biden, and actress and activist, Robin Wright paid honor to one of these human rights defenders: our esteemed guest from the DRC and nine time Nobel Prize nominee, Dr. Denis Mukwege. From left to right Dr. Jill Biden, my husband George, me, Dr. Denis Mukwege, Platon, Robin Wright and Rebecca Antoniou. Check out the People’s Portfolio website, they’re a profoundly positive charitable organization impacting the world by shining a light on global human rights issues.
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