|The 2014 UNICEF Snowflake Ball, held on Tuesday, December 2 at Cipriani Wall Street, honored U.S. Fund for UNICEF National Board member Hilary Gumbel and philanthropist Tom Freston for their commitments to saving and improving the lives of children around the world, while celebrating UNICEF’s work to put children first. Presented by Baccarat, the tenth annual gala raised more than $3.4 million for UNICEF’s programs, contributing to a grand total of $23 million over the last decade. The black-tie Snowflake Ball featured special performances by Jill Scott and Nico & Vinz, and was emceed by Bryant Gumbel.
UNICEF Ambassadors Angie Harmon and Téa Leoni, along with Katie Couric, Kelly Ripa, Heather Graham, Mark Consuelos, Ben McKenzie, Gayle King, Matt Lauer, Sandra Lee, Gail Simmons, Katrina Bowden, Brooke Burke Charvet, David Charvet, Nigel Barker, Mark Teixeira and more attended the tenth annual gala to recognize Gumbel and Freston.
|U.S. Fund for UNICEF National Board Member Hilary Gumbel was presented with the 2014 Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award for her continued dedication to the organization. Gumbel has worked alongside the U.S. Fund for UNICEF for more than a decade, serving as a volunteer, board member and an outspoken advocate for UNICEF’s work. She has traveled to Vietnam, Uruguay, Angola, Peru, Haiti and Senegal in support of the organization’s child survival and development programs. Most recently, Gumbel authored the cookbook UNICHEF: Top Chefs Unite in Support of the World’s Children, a collaboration featuring 40 top chefs to raise funds and awareness for UNICEF. Gumbel is donating 100 percent of the royalties that she would have received to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.|
|"During one of my first field trips with UNICEF to Angola, I was struck visiting children in a school who lacked simple educational supplies like pencils, notebooks and desks,” said Gumbel. “UNICEF was providing these basic essentials to them to help them learn. Working with the organization has been the biggest joy and has provided the most amazing sense of purpose in my life. As long as I am breathing, I will help UNICEF continue its work to save and improve children's lives around the world.”
Philanthropist Tom Freston was presented with the Spirit of Compassion award in recognition of his advocacy work for vulnerable children around the world. As the Board Chairman of the ONE campaign, Freston has traveled extensively to Asia and Africa and supported children in Burma to help advance the organization’s mission to end extreme poverty and preventable disease.
|“I am truly humbled to receive UNICEF’s Spirit of Compassion Award,” said Freston. “My relationship with UNICEF goes back over 50 years. I was a Trick-or-Treater each Halloween, carrying UNICEF’s orange boxes to collect change for the organization. I had a sense of where the money was going back then, but in the years since, I have seen so many examples of UNICEF's good work around the world. I want to recognize and thank the extraordinary team at UNICEF who work so tirelessly to save the lives of children in need."
“Our two honorees tonight, Tom Freston and Hilary Gumbel, have been longtime advocates for the needs and rights of the world’s children. Tom is a tireless voice in the fight against child poverty, and as a board member and volunteer, Hilary is a relentless force for children’s health, education and protection. They are true humanitarians, committed to putting children first.” said Caryl Stern, President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. “We are delighted to recognize their longtime service to the world’s children.”
|Ball attendees dined on dishes such as fish taquitos, farro and roasted mushroom salad with whipped goat cheese and an apple tart with lavender and vanilla cream as part of the evening’s menu which was designed by UNICEF Ambassador Marcus Samuelsson, along with chefs Alex Guarnaschelli and Scott Conant. A live auction, hosted by Hugh Hildesley of Sotheby’s, featured VIP packages including tickets to an Elton John concert and invitations to attend his Academy Awards party, in addition to an experience at New York Fashion Week and dinner with Heather Graham. The gala after-party was hosted by UNICEF's Next Generation—a group of young philanthropists and entrepreneurs—and featured DJ Ms. Nix.|
|Moll Anderson and Gillian Miniter co-chaired the event with Nell Diamond and Jaime Jiménez serving as UNICEF Next Generation Co-Chairs. Richard Plepler was the Honorary Chair for the evening and Pamela Fiori served as the Project Chair.
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| New York City Ballet and The School of American Ballet joined forces, once again, for the 60th Anniversary of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker and The Nutcracker Family Benefit – one of New York’s favorite holiday events for families. The Benefit began with a performance of the timeless classic. After the performance, guests proceeded to the Theater’s Promenade and enjoyed the holiday party. The Sugarplum Fairy, her Cavalier, Candy Canes, Chinese Tea, Marzipan Shepherdesses, and children from the signed autographs and mingled with the guests.
|This year's Nutcracker Family Benefit was generously sponsored by Bonpoint. Bonpoint designed the scenography that was inspired by a dreamy forest in the clouds with princesses playing among the moon and stars.
Benefit Chairmen included Monique Cunningham, Andrea Glimcher, Jenny Paulson, and Pauline Reyniak. Peter Boal, former NYCB Principal Dancer and current SAB Board Member, served as Alumnus Chairman.
|Guests Included: Naomi Watts* and Liev Schreiber*, Sarah Jessica Parker, Martha Stewart, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jeanann Williams*, Lela Rose, Elie Tahari, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, Ingrid Vandebosch*, Donya Bommer, Lisa Maria and Philip Falcone, Michele and Timothy Barakett, Joyce and Bob Giuffra, Diana DiMenna, Serena Lese, Agnes Gund, Jill and Ken Iscol, Tina and Philip Vasan, Kristin Kennedy Clark, Anne and Basil Goulandris, Sharon and Bill Jacob, Darcy and Andrew Nussbaum, Shoshanna Gruss, Alexia Hamm Ryan, Dan and Pam Baty, Muffie Potter and Dr. Sherrel Aston, Edith Fassberg, Fiona Rudin, Rory Tahari, Florence Mars* and Alexandre Mars*, Amy Larocca, Peter Martins and Darci Kistler.
*children were wearing Bonpoint
|The Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF), a nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the world's most promising cancer research, hosted "Dinner at Daniel" at Restaurant Daniel on Monday, December 8th. The intimate and memorable event celebrated the Holiday season and supported the organization's work in prostate cancer research.
Over 120 of the organization's most loyal supporters gathered in the elegant Main Dining Room for cocktails before enjoying a specially prepared menu by the legendary Chef Daniel Boulud. The unique menu included roasted procini with parsley coulis, pan-seared black sea bass, poularde demi-deuil, and red apple dessert with caramelized ginger apple, sable Breton and maple ice cream.
|Attendees included: Aerin Lauder Zinterhofer and Eric Zinterhofer, Alexandra Lebenthal, Bonnie Pfeifer Evan, David Koch, Debra and Leon Black, Diana Ross, Dr. Jonathan Simons (CEO), Earle Mack, Isabel Leonard, John Paulson, Larry and Dahlia Leeds, Larry Gagosian, Michael Milken (Founder, Chairman), Mort Zuckerman, Dennis Washington and Phyllis Washington.
PCF Founder and Chairman Michael Milken addressed the audience and highlighted new advances made in the fight against prostate cancer by PCF. The organization's CEO Dr. Jonathan Simmons also spoke, along with Bonnie Pfeifer Evans, trustee of the Charles Evans Foundation which partners with PCF. Following dinner, guests were treated to a special musical performance by Motown superstar, Diana Ross, who sang a medley of her classic songs, including "I Will Survive", "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," and "Baby Love".
|Firmly committed to curing prostate cancer, the Prostate Cancer Foundation is the leading philanthropic organization funding and accelerating research globally. Since 1993, its unique strategies for identifying and investing in the most promising research programs have generated life-saving results. The organization channels resources to the world's top scientific minds—cutting red tape and encouraging collaboration to speed breakthroughs.
As a champion for increased government and private support, PCF has helped build a global research enterprise of nearly $10 billion. Through the generous contributions of our donors, it has funded more than 2,000 programs at more than 200 research centers in 18 countries. For more than 16 million men and their families fighting prostate cancer globally, PCF is a primary source for new standard-of-care and research information. It connects patients, loved ones, care providers and scientists to critical updates, the latest developments, best practices and news from the treatment pipeline.
|Photographs by Julie Skarratt (UNICEF); PatrickMcMullan.com|