“I am UNICEF. You are UNICEF. We are UNICEF,” was the consistent mantra of every speaker at this year’s UNICEF gala. As an organization that promotes sustainable living for children around the world, last night’s efforts were no different. This year, UNICEF turned on the lights for the night at The Glasshouse Chelsea in Manhattan, showing the faces of children as the organization managed to impact the lives of guests when they came in. The moving video shares the powerful numbers behind UNICEF’s work, and the dedication it takes to make them happen.
Faatiha Aayat, a 11 year old youth advocate and founder of the non-profit organization CHIL&D, is a special voice in the symbol of success. Aayat at UNICEF Girls’ Day started her path to success, and thanks to UNICEF’s efforts, she has found her voice and hopes to continue sharing the gift of giving with children like her. This year, under the theme of paying it forward, the organization awarded Purvi Padia the Compassion Award in recognition of her tireless passion for shaping the lives of children.
The power of numbers raising over $3.5 million by the end of the night was clearly demonstrated to the house full of energetic supporters, ambassadors, children, family and friends. Among the guests were Téa Leoni, Aria Mia Loberti, Flaviana Matata and designer Christian Siriano. Later, Demi Lovato will stand the room, celebrating UNICEF’s continued success and her personal support of the cause. Last but not least, Dj Questlove will send the crowds away and get them ready for the next festivities.