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Charlize Theron hosts fundraising event with Wyclef Jean

Last week, Charlize Theron, Academy Award-winning actress and United Nations Messenger of Peace, hosted the second annual summer block party to benefit the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project (CTAOP) at Universal Studios Backlot.

Wyclef Jean and Charlize Theron attend the Charlize Theron’s Africa Outreach Project (CTAOP) Block Party at Universal Studios Backlot

The outdoor event included an opening weekend screening of Jurassic World Dominion after a special Q&A with the film’s stars, including Jeff Goldblum, Bryce Dallas Howard, DeWanda Wise and Mamoudou Athie, as well as director Colin Trevorrow and writer Emily Carmichael. The conversation was moderated by Charlize. Wyclef Jean also got the audience up with a special performance of ‘No Woman, No Cry’, ‘Ready or Not’, ‘Maria Maria’ and ‘Hips Don’t Lie’ before the Q&A session.

Other guests in attendance included Jordana Brewster, Lilly Singh, Mary McCormack, June Diane Raphael, Sofia Boutella, Paul Scheer, Lauren Conrad, Peter Cramer, Donna Langley, Sasha Merci, Alycia Pascual-Pena, Chef Andrew Zimmern, Reign Edwards, Luke Eisner, David Huggard, Delaney Rowe, Mike Manning, Vas Morgan, Alexandra Nechita, Will Peltz, Alyssa Sutherland, Hannah Skvarla, Michael Moses, Sarah Scott and London Lazerson, who enjoyed summer block party activities including a bandana customization booth, a tarot card reader, tequila tasting and a mechanical bull, while DJ Kiss kept the music flowing.

The evening’s menu was developed by Chef Andrew Zimmern and Chef Melissa King and is inspired by international street food. A silent, live auction also took place, featuring experiences and products from brands including Dior, Valentino, Whispering Angel, Jenni Kayne, Jimmy Choo, artist Alexandra Nechita, Pernod Ricard, 4 Seasons and Breitling.

The event was sponsored by Dior, Universal, Ascent Global Logistics, XX Artists, Bloomberg, Pernod Ricard, Whispering Angel, Breitling, Ultimate Kronos Group, WME and The Little Market.

Established in 2007, the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project advances the health, education and safety of young people living in Southern Africa. To do this, the foundation partners with community organizations that support young people, their sexual and reproductive health and rights, and the prevention of gender-based violence. By mobilizing funding and relationships, building capacity and raising awareness of the work of our program partners, CTAOP supports young people in their quest for a healthier and more equitable future for themselves and their communities.

CTAOP’s main vision is a more equitable future where EVERYTHING young people can stay healthy and safe.

End of 2021, CTAOP has partnered with the Ford Foundation in its initiative to support covid-19 equity in vaccines, especially in the Global South. Through this partnership, Charlize and Ford Foundation President Darren Walker co-authored an article in TIME Magazine and appeared on BBC and SCS in the mornings, and CTAOP provided grants to community-based organizations in South Africa to address structural inequalities that impede equal access to covid-19 vaccines. More recently, KwaZulu-Natal province in South Africa suffered the most devastating floods on record, killing nearly 450 people and displacing thousands. CTAOP provided emergency response funding to organizations in the region providing food and basic needs, support for school children, psychosocial support, reconstruction of homes and community structures and other crisis-specific responses community.