Annual benefit gala raises more than $2 million for Sesame Workshop

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Sesame Workshop’s 10th annual benefit gala this week raised more than $2 million, reports the Wall Street Journal. Honoree at the Wednesday (May 30) event at the opulent Cipriani 42nd Street was former President Bill Clinton. “When Elmo started on Sesame Street in 1984 he was 3½ years old and so was Chelsea,” Clinton said, referring to his daughter. “We never missed an episode. Now Chelsea’s 32, and Elmo’s still 3½. Savor it.”

Emcee was The Daily Show‘s Jon Stewart, who urged the crowd: “Take out a second mortgage! Do whatever you can.”

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