The UNICEF Audrey Hepburn Society Ball, Featuring Michael Bolton, Raises $910K

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Michael Bolton performs during the 2017 UNICEF Audrey Hepburn Society Ball

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Victor Costa, Margaret Alkek Williams, Rose Cullen and Jerry Ann Costa during the 2017 UNICEF Audrey Hepburn Society Ball

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Anika Jackson during the 2017 UNICEF Audrey Hepburn Society Ball

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Michael Bolton performs during the 2017 UNICEF Audrey Hepburn Society Ball

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Michael Bolton performs during the 2017 UNICEF Audrey Hepburn Society Ball

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Victor Costa, Margaret Alkek Williams, Rose Cullen and Jerry Ann Costa during the 2017 UNICEF Audrey Hepburn Society Ball

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Dan and Susan Boggio during the 2017 UNICEF Audrey Hepburn Society Ball

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Faces of children adorned the chairs during the 2017 UNICEF Audrey Hepburn Society Ball

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Angie Harmon listens to her daughter present her award during the 2017 UNICEF Audrey Hepburn Society Ball

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Angie Harmon hugs her daughters as they present her with an award during the 2017 UNICEF Audrey Hepburn Society Ball

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Angie Harmon speaks during the 2017 UNICEF Audrey Hepburn Society Ball

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Mayor Sylvester Turner during the 2017 UNICEF Audrey Hepburn Society Ball

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Guests listen to the program during the 2017 UNICEF Audrey Hepburn Society Ball

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Susan Sarofim chats with other guests during the 2017 UNICEF Audrey Hepburn Society Ball

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Guests with Joanne King Herring during the 2017 UNICEF Audrey Hepburn Society Ball

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UNICEF Southwest Regional Managing Director Nelson Bowman and CKW's Connie Kwan-Wong during the 2017 UNICEF Audrey Hepburn Society Ball

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Rose Cullen accepts the Margaret Alkek Williams Humanitarian award during the 2017 UNICEF Audrey Hepburn Society Ball

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UNICEF Executive Vice President Barron Segar urges people to give during the 2017 UNICEF Audrey Hepburn Society Ball

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Susan Boggio is recognized during the 2017 UNICEF Audrey Hepburn Society Ball

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First daughter Ashley P. Turner smiles as her dad speaks on stage during the 2017 UNICEF Audrey Hepburn Society Ball

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Deborah Duncan emcees during the 2017 UNICEF Audrey Hepburn Society Ball

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Farida Abjani and Ruchi Mukerjee during the 2017 UNICEF Audrey Hepburn Society Ball

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Rozmin Premji and Leela and Nat Krishnamuthy during the 2017 UNICEF Audrey Hepburn Society Ball

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Vivek and Ishwaria Subbiah during the 2017 UNICEF Audrey Hepburn Society Ball

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Nidhika Mehta greets guests during the 2017 UNICEF Audrey Hepburn Society Ball

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Auction tools during the 2017 UNICEF Audrey Hepburn Society Ball

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Mary Ann McKeithan and Cheryl Byington during the 2017 UNICEF Audrey Hepburn Society Ball

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Connie Kwan-Wong, Katya Dow and Jaquelyn Aluotto during the 2017 UNICEF Audrey Hepburn Society Ball

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A youth choir performs during the 2017 UNICEF Audrey Hepburn Society Ball

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Alex and Astley Blair with Angie Harmon during the 2017 UNICEF Audrey Hepburn Society Ball

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Mayor Sylvester Turner, Margaret Alkek Williams and Michael Bolton during the 2017 UNICEF Audrey Hepburn Society Ball

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Honoree Rose Cullen during the 2017 UNICEF Audrey Hepburn Society Ball

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Rob and Amy Pierce during the 2017 UNICEF Audrey Hepburn Society Ball

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Michael Bolton performs during the 2017 UNICEF Audrey Hepburn Society Ball

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Michael Bolton performs during the 2017 UNICEF Audrey Hepburn Society Ball

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Guests raise their bidding candles during the 2017 UNICEF Audrey Hepburn Society Ball

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Deborah Duncan and Stephen Lewis surpass their goal of $75,000 during the 2017 UNICEF Audrey Hepburn Society Ball

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Anika Jackson during the 2017 UNICEF Audrey Hepburn Society Ball

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“To save a single child is a blessing, to save a million children is an opportunity granted to us by UNICEF” – Audrey Hepburn

On the evening of May, 24, 2017, the Marriott Marquis Houston was the site of the elegant UNICEF Audrey Hepburn Society Ball, hosted by the Southwest Office of UNICEF USA, celebrating UNICEF’s lifesaving work. The Gala chairs were Jerry Ann Woodfin Costa and Victor Costa, Sofia Adrogué and Sten L. Gustafson, Amy and Rob Pierce, and Princess Tatiana Galitzine and Guillermo Sierra. Molly and Jim Crownover, Karin and Sean Hepburn Ferrer, Princess Maria-Anna Galitzine and Prince Piotr Galitzine, The Honorable Joanne King Herring, Dr. Sippi K. Khurana and Ajay Khurana, Penny and Paul B. Loyd, Jr., Beth Madison, and Susan and Fayez Sarofim were the honorary chairs.

Celebrated television producer and host Deborah Duncan, the emcee for the evening, welcomed the 450 guests to the grand occasion and introduced the opening act featuring the Awty International School Choir. The pre-dinner address was made by special guest, Mayor Sylvester Turner, and the Margaret Alkek Williams Humanitarian Award was presented to Rosanette and Harry Cullen in recognition of their contributions to the causes of children, health, and education in Houston and the state of Texas through the Cullen Foundation. Margaret Alkek Williams and Barron Segar, Chief Development Officer and Executive Vice President of UNICEF USA, conferred the honor.

Guests sat down to a magnificent dinner of grilled peach and arugula salad; free-range airline chicken served with herbed barley risotto, oven-roasted Brussels sprouts, and tri-colored carrots; and a dessert trio of margarita cheesecake, chocolate decadence, and Grand Marnier pudding. After dinner, the Spirit of Compassion Award was presented to UNICEF Ambassador Angie Harmon by Finley Faith Sehorn, Avery Grace Sehorn, and Emery Hope Sehorn. Since her appointment as a UNICEF Ambassador in 2013, Harmon has served as a spokesperson for UNICEF USA’s End Trafficking Initiative and has traveled to Vietnam to bring awareness to UNICEF’s lifesaving programs for children.

After-dinner remarks were made by Nelson Bowman, Managing Director of the Southwest Region, UNICEF USA; Susan Boggio, Chair, Southwest Regional Board of Directors, UNICEF USA; and Amy Pierce, Gala chair, Audrey Hepburn Society Ball, UNICEF USA.

Following the remarks, guests enjoyed the fabulous live auction featuring auctioneer extraordinaire Stephen C. Lewis. The luxurious items up for bid were a custom Victor Costa Gown, a pair of Saks Fifth Avenue topaz earrings from the Nini Jewels Royale Collection, an exclusive private performance by Grammy Award winner Ana María Martínez, and a luxurious 7-day/6-night vacation in a stunning San Miguel residence complete with a personal chef.

The live auction was followed by a memorable performance by Grammy Award winner and humanitarian Michael Bolton during which he moved guests with his renditions of When a Man Loves a Woman and Stand by Me. After the uplifting performance, guests continued the magical evening at the after party. The unforgettable and successful event raised $910K for UNICEF.

Guests: Mayor Sylvester Turner, Margaret Alkek Williams, The Honorable Joanne King Herring, Jerry Ann Woodfin Costa and Victor Costa, and Princess Tatiana Galitzine and Prince Guillermo Sierra.

About UNICEF

UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children's rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive, and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world.