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Marcia Cross and Plan Illuminate the Empire State Building

Marcia Cross will light the Empire State Building pink and white on Wednesday, October 10 at 12:30 p.m. in a special ceremony honoring the first annual International Day of the Girl.

Joining Cross is Tessie San Martin, Plan USA's President and CEO as well as Plan International youth delegates Gifty, Maryam, and Nurul. The Empire State Building will light up the skies from sunset on October 10 until 2 a.m. on October 11 to help raise awareness of International Day of the Girl, a day adopted by the United Nations to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls around the world face.

Girls throughout the world face higher rates of violence, poverty, and discrimination. They are more likely to be forced into early marriage, trafficked, or sold. On December 19, 2011, the United Nations adopted October 11 as the International Day of the Girl following an extensive campaign by Plan. The International Day of the Girl promotes equal treatment and opportunities for girls around the world. Improving girls' lives has a ripple effect –when a girl is educated, nourished, and protected, she shares her knowledge and skills with her family and community, and can forever change the future of her country.

Actress Marcia Cross, best known for her critically acclaimed portrayal of Bree Van De Kamp on Desperate Housewives, is in NYC to attend the Plan International USA Day of the Girl gala and is honored to support this vital initiative.

Empire State Building Lighting Event Details:
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Empire State Building Lobby
350 Fifth Avenue between 33rd and 34th Streets

Media Check-in*: 12:00 p.m.
Lighting Ceremony: 12:30 p.m.

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