The night was hosted by Matt Giegerich, who played an integral role in the launch of Charity Navigator 20 years ago and most recently served as Chair of the Board of Directors. Upon opening the event, Matt showcased the capability of The Inception Company's Pando wall — guests had the opportunity to connect with people in the studio and answer poll questions. Additionally, Matt encouraged everyone watching to generously support the charities closest to their hearts through the Charity Navigator Giving Basket - for every dollar raised, Jazwares would donate a toy to a child in need (up to 50,000 toys).
Viewers were introduced to Charity Navigator Founders Pat and Marion Dugan, who provided insight into why and how they created Charity Navigator 20 years ago. Guests were treated to a clip of Bette Midler discussing the importance of Charity Navigator's work.