Last night notable stars such as Heather Graham, Tea Leoni, Kelly Rippa, Gillian Miniter and Moll Anderson, Alexandra Lebenthal, Emily Blavatnik, designer Michelle Smith and Angie Harmon dazzled the 10th annual UNICEF Snowflake Ball to raise money for the welfare of children.
“The event supports UNICEF’s work in more than 190 countries and territories to save and improve children’s lives, providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more.”
At the even, decks of cards were set on tables that featured items that UNICEF provided such as classroom needs, desks, milk and therapeutic foods. Costs were set so people could really see what they were paying for. An auction was held where guests could raise their hands to purchase a $5,000 water pumps. A video was played during dinner to demonstrate the efforts UNICEF is trying to promote.
“These are low-cost solutions that have a high impact,” said Hilary Gumbel, one of the group’s board members. “It’s pencils, paper, school books, immunization. It’s fully transparent: if I do this, this is the difference it’s going to make. People get fatigued by the idea that it’s charity. To me, it’s a demonstration of humanity.”
The UNICEF organization helps children in many ways, whether it’s with Ebola, water, nutrition, immunizations, HIV/AIDS as well as malaria. They provide emergency relief in disastrous situations such as floors, fires or hurricanes and work in various countries such as Iraq, Syria, South African Republic, the Philippines, and South Sudan.
“UNICEF does whatever it takes to save and protect the world’s most vulnerable children. Forty years ago, UNICEF figured out that promoting simple, low-cost interventions like hand washing and breastfeeding could save millions of lives. Undaunted by war or geography, UNICEF delivers.”
The Dec 2nd event raised 3.4 million. Please Click Here for more information about UNICEF and see how you can make a difference.
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