October 23, 2012
EmPower Party with Jane Fonda and Ted Turner
The Academy Award-Winning actress and her “favorite ex-husband” share a stage for charity
- Photos by Ross Henderson and Kim Link
Fonda handed Turner the inaugural “Big Thinker Award” and renamed the event the EmPower Party to embody G-CAPP’s newly expanded goals.
Founder of G-CAPP Jane Fonda, honoree Ted Turner, Co-Chairs Caroline and Jeff Tucker and Kate and Jim Denny, moderator Pat Mitchell the CEO of Paley Center for Media, G-CAPP President and CEO Vikki Millender-Morrow
The Georgia Aquarium
After a playful sit-down interview, Jane Fonda presented CNN founder and ex-husband Ted Turner with the first Big Thinker Award and a statuette modeled after Rodin’s “The Thinker.” She credited Turner as the catalyst for her establishment of G-CAPP, adding that as a U.N. supporter (Ted set a new precedent for entrepreneurs by donating one billion dollars to the United Nations) he works on the issue globally, while she attacks the issue of teen pregnancy locally. A luxury auction helped to raise $18,000 for the cause (more than $200,000 total was raised from this event), with bid packages such as a luxe Italian trip from Century Travel, a stay at Fonda’s Forked Lightning Ranch in New Mexico, and a walk-on role on Fonda’s new HBO series “The Newsroom” created by Aaron Sorkin sparking heated competition. The Atlanta benefit was followed up by a similar G-CAPP benefit in New York City, billed as a 40th Anniversary celebration of Fonda’s Oscar winning role in Klute and hosted by Bravo TV’s Andy Cohen. Fonda provided commentary on clips from Klute and comedian Sandra Bernhard hosted the auction raising $50,000 for G-CAPP.
Among the power crowd of patrons: Carolyn Carr and Michael Gibson, Nina Cheney, Ginny Brewer, George McKerrow, Stephanie Blank, Duvall and Rex Fuqua, Herman and Sylvia Russell, Helen and Ray Weeks, Sam Bane and Emily Giffin, Loraine Williams, Natalie and Kwanza Hall, Lorri and Forrest McClain, Mary and Neil Johnson, Laura and Rutherford Seydel, Angela and Rhett Turner, Bill Torres and Jack Sawyer, Le and Beauchamp Carr, Taylor and Sharon Glover, Robin and Hilton Howell, and basketball legend Julius Erving and his wife Dorys.
G-CAPP is a non-profit charity founded by Fonda 17 years ago to address Georgia’s alarming teen pregnancy rate. Fonda announced at the gala that she is expanding the role of G-CAPP to also address the issue of adolescent obesity, citing that Georgia is third in the nation for this problem. For more info on G-CAPP visit: www.gcapp.org