The Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights announced that it will bestow the Ripple of Hope Award to Apple CEO Tim Cook on December 8th, 2015. Congressman John Lewis, Evercore co-founder Roger Altman, and UNESCO Ambassador Marianna Vardinoyannis will also receive awards this year.
Apple CEO Tim Cook
Mr. Cook and the other recipients will be honored during the 2015 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope Gala, a charity event to raise money for the Center. Tickets for that event are available now and start at US$1,500. A quarter million dollars will get you two seats at the head table, a premium table of ten, twelve tickets to the VIP Reception, and one advertisement in the dinner program. You can order online.
The RFK Ripple of Hope Award, "celebrates leaders of the international business, entertainment, and activist communities who have demonstrated a commitment to social change. Past honorees, including President Bill Clinton, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Bono, George Clooney, Taylor Swift, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Vice President Al Gore, reflect Robert Kennedy’s passion for equality, justice, basic human rights, and his belief that we all must strive to "make gentle the life of this world."
Tim Cook has been a corporate champion of equality and diversity in the work place, and he has used his high profile position as head of the world's most valuable company to speak on these issues on numerous occasions.