NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 27:  (L-R) Matthew McConaughey, Camila Alves, Jessica Seinfeld, Tim Baxter, Pitbull, and Ryan Seacrest attend the Samsung Charity Gala 2018 at The Manhattan Center on September 27, 2018 in New York City.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Samsung)

Guests enjoyed a performance by Pitbull and music by Fitz and the Tantrums, DJ Irie, and students of the Hamilton Education Program with special guest Ryan Seacrest and honored guest Mariska Hargitay.

Mariska accepted the night’s Champion of Hope award for her work with the Joyful Heart Foundation and used her platform to highlight the courage and strength of countless victims of sexual assault.

Samsung Charity Gala Raises Money for Education and Health Programs that Support U.S. Communities Nationwide

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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 27: (L-R) Matthew McConaughey, Camila Alves, Jessica Seinfeld, Tim Baxter, Pitbull, and Ryan Seacrest attend the Samsung Charity Gala 2018 at The Manhattan Center on September 27, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Samsung)
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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 27: (L-R) Matthew McConaughey, Camila Alves, Pitbull, and Ryan Seacrest attend the Samsung Charity Gala 2018 at The Manhattan Center on September 27, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Samsung)
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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 27: Ryan Seacrest attends the Samsung Charity Gala 2018 at The Manhattan Center on September 27, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Samsung)
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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 27: James King, Joseph Karnes, Noelle Scaggs, Michael Fitzpatrick, Jeremy Ruzumna, and John Wicks of Fitz and The Tantrums attend the Samsung Charity Gala 2018 at The Manhattan Center on September 27, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Samsung)
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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 27: Mariska Hargitay attends the Samsung Charity Gala 2018 at The Manhattan Center on September 27, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Samsung)
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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 27: Eric LeGrand attends the Samsung Charity Gala 2018 at The Manhattan Center on September 27, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Samsung)
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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 27: Camila Alves (L) and Matthew McConaughey attend the Samsung Charity Gala 2018 at The Manhattan Center on September 27, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Samsung)
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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 27: Jessica Seinfeld attends the Samsung Charity Gala 2018 at The Manhattan Center on September 27, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Samsung)
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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 27: Kristen Bell, Rob Thomas and Marisol Thomas attend the Samsung Charity Gala 2018 at The Manhattan Center on September 27, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Samsung)
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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 27: Victor Cruz speaks onstage at the Samsung Charity Gala 2018 at The Manhattan Center on September 27, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Samsung)
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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 27: Jessica Seinfeld and Kristen Bell attend the Samsung Charity Gala 2018 at The Manhattan Center on September 27, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Samsung)
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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 27: Jeannie Mai and DJ Irie attend the Samsung Charity Gala 2018 at The Manhattan Center on September 27, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Samsung)
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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 27: James King, Joseph Karnes, Noelle Scaggs, Michael Fitzpatrick Jeremy Ruzumna and John Wicks of Fitz and The Tantrums perform on stage at the Samsung Charity Gala 2018 at The Manhattan Center on September 27, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Samsung)
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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 27: Evelyn Iocolano, Monique Coleman and David Kwong attend the Samsung Charity Gala 2018 at The Manhattan Center on September 27, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Samsung)
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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 27: Kristen Bell and Monica Aksamit attend the Samsung Charity Gala 2018 at The Manhattan Center on September 27, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Samsung)
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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 27: (L-R) Jermaine Dupri, Daymond John and Victor Cruz attend the Samsung Charity Gala 2018 at The Manhattan Center on September 27, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Samsung)
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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 27: Boomer Esiason and Gunnar Esiason attend the Samsung Charity Gala 2018 at The Manhattan Center on September 27, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Samsung)
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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 27: Students of the Hamilton Education Program perform onstage during the Samsung Charity Gala 2018 at The Manhattan Center on September 27, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Samsung)
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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 27: Jonathan Stewart and Natalie Hills attend the Samsung Charity Gala 2018 at The Manhattan Center on September 27, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Samsung)
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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 27: Michael Fitzpatrick of Fitz and The Tantrums performs onstage during the Samsung Charity Gala 2018 at The Manhattan Center on September 27, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Samsung)

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 27:  (L-R) Matthew McConaughey, Camila Alves, Jessica Seinfeld, Tim Baxter, Pitbull, and Ryan Seacrest attend the Samsung Charity Gala 2018 at The Manhattan Center on September 27, 2018 in New York City.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Samsung)

Victor Cruz shared a video reel of his experiences traveling to Puerto Rico with the Samsung team last week while presenting a surprise donation of $120,000 to Solar Libre Puerto Rico, an organization working to educate, fund and empower local communities to rebuild with solar energy throughout the island in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

Performances: Pitbull, Fitz and the Tantrums, DJ Irie, and students of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton Education Program

ABOUT: Samsung’s Charity Gala brought together luminaries from across the worlds of entertainment and business to help raise awareness and money for a variety of important programs that further improve the health and education of children across the U.S. Guests at the Gala enjoyed an exclusive party with special attendee Ryan Seacrest, a headline performance by Pitbull and additional live performances by Fitz and the Tantrums, DJ Irie, and students of The Hamilton Education Program. Mariska Hargitay received the award for Champion of Hope honoring the Joyful Heart Foundation. Every year, all of the proceeds from the Samsung Charity Gala go directly to Samsung’s charity partners. To date, Samsung’s philanthropic efforts have helped raise more than $75 million which has benefitted more than 2,600 schools, hospitals, and foundations throughout the U.S. since 2001.

Beneficiaries from the 2018 Samsung Charity Gala include:
•       Boomer Esiason Foundation
•       City of Hope
•       Eric and Jessie Decker Foundation
•       Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
•       Global Wildlife Conservation
•       GOOD+ Foundation
•       Joyful Heart Foundation just keep livin Foundation
•       Lollipop Theater Network
•       Mark Messier Foundation
•       No Child Hungry
•       PATH
•       Ryan Seacrest Foundation
•       Sidewalk Angels Foundation
•       SLAM Foundation
•       Together Rising
•       UN Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund
•       Victor Cruz Foundation

Samsung Gives: Entering its 17th year, Samsung’s philanthropic platform – Samsung Gives – remains committed to helping young people discover a world of possibilities. The Annual Charity Gala raises funds to help charitable initiatives provide access to education, mentorship, leadership skills and life-saving medical treatment for children all across the country. To learn more about Samsung’s charitable efforts, please visit samsung.com/us/citizenship/