Marjorie Benton (left) is presented with an award by Cathy Krieger, CEO of Children’s Place International and the Children’s Place Association. Submitted photo

Children’s Place International honored Evanstonian Marjorie Benton and four other women for their lifelong dedication and commitment to children living in extreme poverty at its annual fall fundraiser in Chicago. Themed “Creating a Better World for Children: Women Leading the Way,” the event highlighted the special contributions of women overseas and the United States to help children living in extreme poverty.

The Chicago-based charity, which has programs in the Caribbean and Africa, recognized Ms. Benton for her singular leadership in bringing resources to help vulnerable children worldwide.

Ms. Benton formerly served as chair of Save the Children Federation, Chair of Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago, U.S. Ambassador to UNICEF and Chair of the White House Fellows under President Bill Clinton. For the last several years, she has served on the Board of Directors of Partners in Health, where she led an intensive effort to raise millions of dollars to build and operate two new hospitals, including a state-of-the-art 300-bed facility in Haiti that offers special services to children and women.

“Anyone who has seen these hospitals will marvel at the quality of care provided in the heart of the central plateau of Haiti. It is now becoming a referral hospital for the entire Caribbean region,” said Cathy Krieger, Children’s Place CEO. “Marjorie rolls up her sleeves and gets it done. Her commitment to our most vulnerable children is an inspiration to all of us,” she added.

“I’m deeply honored to receive this recognition from Children’s Place International,” said Ms. Benton. “I can think of no more important work in the world than to support the development of children.”

In addition to her work with children, Ms. Benton has been actively involved in international peace work as the Public Delegate to the Special Session on Disarmament, a Co-Chair of the Americas for the Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (SALT) and Special Advisor for the United Nations Disarmament Commission. She was also the co-founder of the Peace Museum in Chicago and co-founded the Chicago Foundation for Women.

The event raised more than $109,000 to support Children’s Place International’s program in Haiti, which provides vital services and education for 330 children affected by HIV/AIDS in four communities.