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On Tuesday, November 27, 2018, UNICEF USA hosted the fourteenth annual UNICEF Snowflake Ball at Cipriani Wall Street celebrating UNICEF’s lifesaving work for children and paying tribute to outstanding humanitarians. Presented by Mariner Investment Group, more than 900 guests attended the gala which raised $4 million in support of UNICEF’s global mission to put Children First.

The event honored Sir Ringo Starr, who was presented with the George Harrison Humanitarian Award for his longtime commitment to humanitarian and environmental causes by the Founder of the George Harrison Fund for UNICEF Olivia Harrison and UNICEF USA President and CEO Caryl M. Stern. Desiree Gruber, CEO of Full Picture received the Spirit of Compassion Award for her extraordinary support of the world’s children, which was presented by her husband and Golden Globe winning actor Kyle MacLachlan.

Over the course of the evening, guests enjoyed remarks from emcee, Emmy Award winning correspondent and co-host of The View Sunny Hostin, and featured special performances by nine-time Grammy Award winning artist Sheryl Crow and Tony Award nominated actor Christopher Jackson. Throughout the night, the University of Aberdeen Chapel Choir paid tribute to George and Ringo through their music.

Please Save-the-Date and check back here for updates on The UNICEF Snowflake Ball 2019 - Tuesday, December 3, 2019!


November 27, 2018


Cipriani Wall Street


6:00 PM Cocktails

7:30 PM Dinner & Program


A Black Tie Affair 

George Harrison
Humanitarian Award

Sir Ringo Starr


Spirit of Compassion Award

Desiree Gruber


Honorary Chair

Heidi Klum


Gala Chairs

Sarah Kauss
Marjolein Steenbergen



Headline Performer 

Sheryl Crow


Opening Performance

The University of Aberdeen Chapel Choir


NextGen Chairs

Emily Watts Johnson
Sterling McDavid


Snowflake Patrons

Christine and George Stonbely

Gala Committee

Moll Anderson
Mary Feeley Barth
Kimberly Chandler
Mindy Grossman
Dayle Haddon *
Jenna Bush Hager
Carol Hamilton
Gillian Hearst
Andrew Hohns
Jaime Jiménez
Sandra Lee
Téa Leoni *
Kaleen Lemmon

Gillian Miniter
Lauren Moore
Christine M.J. Oliver
Purvi Padia
Leah Popowich
Andy Sheldon
Laine Siklos
Elizabeth Smith
Caryl M. Stern
Christine Stonbely
Kelly Thompson
Alexandra Green Walter
Christina Zilber

* UNICEF Ambassador

Décor Concept

Vern Yip, UNICEF Ambassador

Kate Chertavian, Kate Chertavian Fine Art

Live Auction                               

2018 Supporters

Presenting Sponsor


Carol and Gary Edwards
Pfizer Inc. 

Charlie and Moll Anderson Family Foundation
Bloomin' Brands, Inc. 
J.P. Morgan and Philip and Mary Erdoes
Sarah Kauss and Jeff Peck
Live Nation
Christine M.J. Oliver
Carol and Tim Olmstead
Nicole and Shahriar Shahida

Barneys New York Foundation
Mary and Alex Barth
Bloomberg Philanthropies
Chardan Capital Markets, LLC
Jim Craigie and Sally Brophy
Deloitte LLP
Dolores and Thomas Gahan
Getty Images
Great HealthWorks, Inc.
Neil and Mindy Grossman
Desiree Gruber and Kyle MacLachlan
Hallmark Cards
John A Herrmann
Mr. and Mrs. Franklin W. Hobbs
Amy Kuehner
Deborah and Peter Lamm
Téa Leoni
LionTree & KindredCast
L'Oréal Luxe
Merck & Co. Inc. 
Gillian and Sylvester Miniter
Morgan Stanley
Daniel Nadler
National Basketball Association
The Nature’s Bounty Co.
Purvi and Harsh Padia
Vandana Radhakrishnan and Sangeet Pillai
Ropes & Gray LLP
Elizabeth Smith
Wendy Wear Stapleton
Marjolein and Ewout Steenbergen
Christine and George Stonbely
Alexandra and H. Glen Walter IV
Sherrie and David Westin
Tyler and Karen Zachem
Christina Zilber

Program Sponsor


                                                                           Lighting Sponsor


                                                                          Patron Gift Sponsor
S&P Global

DJ Sponsor
Link3D Inc.