Celebrities Fete Cindy McCain, Charity Work

Posted September 4, 2008 at 6:26pm

The stars came out for Cindy McCain this afternoon at a tribute luncheon at the Minneapolis Hilton. The star-studded event was hosted by television personality Elizabeth Hasselbeck and featured guest appearances by actor Jon Voight, country singer Clay Walker and three Olympians. Carly Fiorina, a top economic adviser to Cindy McCain’s husband, Republican presidential nominee John McCain (Ariz.), also made an appearance.

Two women from Rwanda who Cindy McCain had met in her travels were also in attendance. In her introduction, Cindy McCain pointed out that in the next session of Rwanda’s parliament, 55 percent of lawmakers will be women.

Todd Palin, the husband of John McCain’s running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, also made a special appearance to introduce Cindy McCain.

The theme of the event was “One Heart, One World,” focusing primarily on Cindy McCain’s humanitarian efforts. A video documented her efforts with American Voluntary Medical Team, HOPE, Operation Smile and CARE.

AVMT is an organization that Cindy McCain founded in 1988 that brought her to Mother Teresa’s orphanage in Bangladesh, where she adopted her daughter, Bridget. Bridget suffered from a cleft palate, which led to Cindy McCain’s involvement with Operation Smile. This organization has provided free medical attention and surgery to 100,000 children who suffer from cleft lips and palates, and other facial deformities.

HALO, another organization that Cindy McCain is involved with, works to remove landmines all around the world. Princess Diana was also affiliated with the organization.