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Streaming November 18th, 2021


Each year, our Gala for the Children brings together APCH’s longtime supporters and new friends to celebrate our youth and raise funds to support our critical work.


We invite you to join us for this dynamic event in celebration of the resiliency of our APCH family.


Throughout the evening we’ll enjoy exciting performances by APCH members and special guests, honor incredible APCH supporters making meaningful differences, and most importantly, share in community as we envision the future and ask ourselves:

where do we go from here, together?


Karen Rupert Toliver

Executive Vice President of Creative for Sony Pictures Animation

As executive vice president of creative for Sony Pictures Animation, Karen Toliver is responsible for the creative supervision of a number of upcoming features for the studio, from inception to script, and through production.


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In her role, Toliver is also in charge of recruiting key storytelling talent, and discovering and acquiring new creative material and intellectual property aligned with Sony Pictures Animation’s vision including original concepts, books, comics, video games, shorts, websites, and toys.

Toliver is also the producer of the Academy Award®-winning animated short film, “Hair Love,” directed by Matthew A. Cherry.

Toliver has extensive experience in production and development, including 10 years at Fox Animation where she supervised the production of the “Rio” film franchise and the latest three films in the “Ice Age” series, which grossed a combined $3.1 billion at the worldwide box office. Toliver also spearheaded the original feature “Ferdinand,” which was nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature.

Toliver served as a production executive at Walt Disney Animation Studios on films such as “Brother Bear,” “Chicken Little,” and “Meet the Robinsons.”


Rhonda Vetere

Chief information officer, Herbalife Nutrition

Rhonda Vetere serves as chief information officer for Herbalife Nutrition with responsibility for leading the Company’s information technology strategy and implementation. She will also serve as a member of the executive committee. She provides strategic and tactical direction to ensure that all information technology (IT) investments are aligned with, and support, the Company’s purpose, business objectives, corporate goals and strategic plan.


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Ms. Vetere plans and implements the information systems (IS) infrastructure to include personnel, application systems, hardware, voice and data networks, management procedures and budget to support an integrated delivery.

Having joined Herbalife Nutrition in November 2019, Ms. Vetere is an experienced CIO/CTO (chief technology officer) and global executive leader whose passion is to transform companies and lead digital transformation, while creating high-performance teams. For over 25 years, she has managed IT divisions of over 20,000 people across multiple continents, having lived and worked all over the world. Her background includes CIO/CTO positions at Estée Lauder, Barclays and JPMorgan, and senior technology positions at leading companies including AIG, HP Enterprise and Lehman Brothers.

Ms. Vetere shares her commitment to community through her Board roles for professional, educational, and athletic institutions, including The Canadian Cloud Council, Longwood University, George Mason University School of Business, SWAAY Magazine, Miss Fashion Week, and Xcelocloud Inc.

She exemplifies the Company’s commitment to living a healthy, active lifestyle and has over the years, completed over 65 half and full marathons, triathlons and six 70.3-mile Ironman races. She is also one of the first females to run 55 miles across the Serengeti as part of a fundraiser for female empowerment programs.

She received her B.A. from George Mason University and is a two-time published author, speaker, and recipient of executive and technology awards, and she is known as one of the top technologists in digital transformation and global leadership.


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