UNICEF Hosts Second Annual San Francisco Gala

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 22: (L-R) Emily Brouwer, Bridie Gahan, Elena Marimo Berk, Robin Kim, Lisel Fay, Susanne Caballero, Laurie Harden, and Kirsten Skipper attend Second Annual UNICEF Gala held at The Four Seasons on September 22, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Kelly Sullivan/Getty Images for UNICEF USA )

(L-R) Emily Brouwer, Bridie Gahan, Elena Marimo Berk, Robin Kim, Lisel Fay, Susanne Caballero, Laurie Harden, and Kirsten Skipper attend Second Annual UNICEF Gala held at The Four Seasons on September 22, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Kelly Sullivan/Getty Images for UNICEF USA).

UNICEF USA hosted the Second Annual UNICEF San Francisco Gala held at The Four Seasons Saturday evening. The event was attended by 350 guests and raised more than $520,000 which will support UNICEF’s lifesaving work for children around the world.

The theme for the evening was “Bringing the field to you.” Guests were able to watch a day in the life of a Ugandan boy via the virtual bar and walk in a tent covered by handwritten notes with sweet messages and drawings from children in the field to volunteers.

There was also a tribute wall in which each wildflower signified a child who had died from preventable causes like not having  food, clean water and safe shelter. Throughout the night there were also themes of hope, equality and putting children first.

The United Nation’s Children’s Fund works in 190 countries and territories focusing on healthcare, nutrition, education, emergency relief  and more. UNICEF continues to work to fight against child hunger and malnutrition.

“I believe that no child should go hungry. Children are the next generation. They are an investment,” said Danielle King, LPGA Tour Player and UNICEF Supporter
The event also paid tribute to fashion icon, actress and humanitarian Audrey Hepburn. Hepburn was honored for leveraging her fame for public service and for her devotion to the world’s most vulnerable children.

“I would argue that her greatest contribution in the world transcends the impact she made as an actress, or as I like to think of her as an artist, but as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF,” said Emma Katherine Hepburn Ferrer, granddaughter of the late Audrey Hepburn and High Commissioner for United Nations refugees.

“She devoted her entire latter part of her life to

UNICEF USA hosted the Second Annual UNICEF San Francisco Gala held at The Four Seasons Saturday evening. The event was attended by 350 guests and raised more than $520,000 which will support UNICEF’s lifesaving work for children around the world.

The theme for the evening was “Bringing the field to you.” Guests were able to watch a day in the life of a Ugandan boy via the virtual bar and walk in a tent covered by handwritten notes with sweet messages and drawings from children in the field to volunteers.

 

There was also a tribute wall in which each wildflower signified a child who had died from preventable causes like not having  food, clean water and safe shelter. Throughout the night there were also themes of hope, equality and putting children first.

The United Nation’s Children’s Fund works in 190 countries and territories focusing on healthcare, nutrition, education, emergency relief  and more. UNICEF continues to work to fight against child hunger and malnutrition.

“I believe that no child should go hungry. Children are the next generation. They are an investment,” said Danielle King, LPGA Tour Player and UNICEF Supporter.

The event also paid tribute to fashion icon, actress and humanitarian Audrey Hepburn. Hepburn was honored for leveraging her fame for public service and for her devotion to the world’s most vulnerable children.

“I would argue that her greatest contribution in the world transcends the impact she made as an actress, or as I like to think of her as an artist, but as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF,” said Emma Katherine Hepburn Ferrer, granddaughter of the late Audrey Hepburn and High Commissioner for United Nations refugees.

“She devoted her entire latter part of her life to helping children around the world and using her voice when others could not.

UNICEF continues its long-standing work for children by giving water tanks, building classrooms and schools, first aid kits, art supplies and more. UNICEF is also helping children in the San Francisco Bay Area by continuing the legacy of trick-or-treat and with  a newer program called “Kid Power,” which began in 2016. UNICEF works with top tier schools in Oakland, providing Kid Power bands that allow kids to improve their fitness to help a child in another country not go hungry.

“It’s kids helping kids,” said Emily Brouwer, UNICEF Northwest Managing Director, which she said is empowering for the kids.

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf was in attendance and acknowledged by Emily Brouwer, the West Regional Manager for UNICEF for her work with children in Oakland through “Oakland Promise,” a non-profit that will “ensure every child in Oakland graduates high school with the expectations, resources, and skills to complete college and be successful in the career of his or her choice,” according to OaklandPromise.org.

 

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