As many students know, one of my charities is the United Nations Children’s Fund. I am looking forward to seeing many of my colleagues in New York City on Wednesday night for the UNICEF Ball. A press release about the events appears below.
The hosts are Bryant Gumbel and Barbara Bush (the President’s daughter), and we will be honoring Lucy Liu. This year’s gala is 100% underwritten by Baccarat and all proceeds raised are going directly to the charity. The 2007 UNICEF Snowflake Ball raised $2.4 million, and tickets are still available at 212-245-6570. UNICEF is vital because 9.2 million children under age five die every year—more than 25,000 a day; more than a thousand an hour; more than 17 per minute. They die mostly from causes we know how to prevent and treat—pneumonia, diarrhea, and malnutrition are the biggest killers. UNICEF believes that number should be zero.
2008 UNICEF Snowflake Ball Honors Lucy Liu & Gary Cohen
NEW YORK, Dec 01, 2008 — Fundraising Gala, Presented by Baccarat, to Take Place in New York City on Dec 3
The UNICEF Snowflake Ball will take place on December 3 at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City. The special evening is an annual black-tie fundraising gala celebrating the lighting of the UNICEF Snowflake and honoring those individuals who have made key contributions to UNICEF’s mission to save and improve children’s lives worldwide.
The lighting of the UNICEF Snowflake – which is suspended at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street in New York – marks the beginning of the holiday giving season and exists as a beacon of hope, peace, and compassion for children around the world. The New York Snowflake, donated by the Stonbely family, was engineered and entirely handcrafted by designer Ingo Maurer and his team in Germany and is 23 feet in diameter, over 28 feet in height, weighs more than 3,300 pounds and uses 16,000 Baccarat crystal prisms.
The 2008 NYC Snowflake Ball, hosted by Bryant Gumbel, will be co-chaired by Hilary Gumbel and Amy Robbins while Barbara Bush and Maggie Betts will serve as Gala Junior Chairs. Town & Country Editor-in-Chief Pamela Fiori and internationally recognized interior designer Charlotte Moss will serve as UNICEF Snowflake Project Co-Chairs.
The evening will entail a live auction hosted by Hugh Hildesley from Sotheby’s as well as a very special dinner menu designed by the Chef Committee, which is led by UNICEF Ambassador Marcus Samuelsson and includes Matt Hoyle of Nobu 57 and Charlie Trotter of Charlie Trotter’s, Chicago.
At the NYC Ball, UNICEF will present the Danny Kaye Humanitarian Award to Lucy Liu, UNICEF Ambassador, who has used her influence as a force for the survival, protection and development of women and children. Additionally, UNICEF will present the Helenka Pantaleoni Award to Board Member Gary Cohen, an executive vice president of BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), who has dedicated a significant amount of both his professional and personal life to addressing developing world health issues.
Additionally during dinner, guests will enjoy a live performance from Island recording artist Jon McLaughlin. “Beating My Heart”, the new single from Jon’s newest release OK NOW is burning up the radio charts. Last year Jon performed on the 80th Annual Academy Awards; his show stopping performance of the song SO CLOSE from Disney’s Enchanted resulted in a 1,514% overnight sales increase on Amazon.com. Visit http://www.jonmcl.com for more details.