Seventh Biennial UNICEF Ball, LA

Seventh Biennial UNICEF Ball: Los Angele | Photo: Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for UNICEF USA

Affair: Seventh Biennial UNICEF Ball

When: Saturday, April 14, 2018 @ 6:30PM

Hot Spot:
The Beverly Wilshire, Los Angeles, CA

Deets: On Saturday evening, UNICEF USA hosted the seventh biennial UNICEF Ball at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, celebrating UNICEF’s lifesaving work for children and paying tribute to outstanding humanitarians.

The event honored Salma Hayek Pinault, who was presented with the Danny Kaye Humanitarian Award for her unwavering dedication to UNICEF, by UNICEF USA President and CEO Caryl M. Stern. Ambassador Nicole Avant and Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer of Netflix received the Spirit of Compassion Award for their extraordinary support for the world’s children, which was presented to them by actress and friend Jane Fonda. The event was made possible through the leadership of UNICEF USA national board member and Founding Chair,Ghada Irani, UNICEF USA national board member Bob Manoukian alongside Tamar Manoukian, and the UNICEF USA Southern California Regional Board.

Over the course of the evening, guests enjoyed remarks from emcee, Emmy and Peabody Award-Winner, Keegan-Michael Key, along with a performance by eleven time Grammy Award winning artist and producer Pharrell Williams, who sang "Feels," "Get Lucky" and "Happy." Prior to the live auction, eight-year-old Syrian author Bana al-Abed, spoke about the need to protect children under attack around the globe, and the importance of organizations like UNICEF. The live auction, which helped support UNICEF’s work in Syria, raised more than $300,000.

Approximately 600 guests attended the gala that raised over $2.3 million in support of UNICEF’s global mission.

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) works in 190 countries and territories to put children first. UNICEF has helped save more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization, by providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more. UNICEF USA supports UNICEF's work through fundraising, advocacy and education in the United States. Together, we are working toward the day when no children die from preventable causes and every child has a safe and healthy childhood. For more information, visit

Spotted: Notable attendees included UNICEF Ambassador Alyssa Milano, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Lilly Singh, Molly Sims, Don Johnson, Suzanne Somers, Scott Stuber, Betty Who, Megan Ferguson, Sandra Lee, Verdine White, along with Gala Chairs Gala Chairs Tom Barrack, Marlyn and Robert Day, Ann and Jim Gianopulos, Wendy and Leonard Goldberg, Ghada and Ray Irani, Lyn and Norman Lear, Bryan Lourd and Bruce Bozzi, Irena and Mike Medavoy, Lori and Michael Milken, Julie C. Opperman, Alia and Ronald Tutor.

Honorees: Salma Hayek Pinault, Danny Kaye Humanitarian Award
Ambassador Nicole Avant and Ted Sarandos, Spirit of Compassion Award

Performer: Pharrell Williams

Hint For The Average Socialite:
Tickets were available here. Individual tickets range from $1,250 - $2,500, Table tickets range from $12,500 - $50,000

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