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UNICEF hosts another star-studded affair for Dallas philanthropists

UNICEF hosts star-studded affair for Dallas philanthropists

Moll Anderson, Nasiba Adilova
Moll Anderson, Nasiba Adilova Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images for U.S. Fund for UNICEF
Joyce Goss, Lynn McBee, and Gowri Sharma
Joyce Goss, Lynn McBee, and Gowri Sharma  Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images for U.S. Fund for UNICEF
Tony Rucha, June Rucha, and Jessica Nowitzki
Tony Rucha, June Rucha, and Jessica Nowitzki Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images for U.S. Fund for UNICEF
Stephanie Jasper, Andy Patterson, Marcy Dunaway, Stephanie Lewis, Nefisah Sallim, Leann Marchbanks-Morris, Christina Andersen, Suzanne Wilcox, Jill Surdek, Rob Surdek, Laura Ramsey, and Stefanie Lathos-Polanco at the third annual Children First. An Evening
Stephanie Jasper, Andy Patterson, Marcy Dunaway, Stephanie Lewis, Nefisah Sallim, Leann Marchbanks-Morris, Christina Andersen, Suzanne Wilcox, Jill Surdek, Rob Surdek, Laura Ramsey, and Stefanie Lathos-Polanco Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images for U.S. Fund for UNICEF
Saf Joshi, Amee Joshi
Saf Joshi, Amee Joshi Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images for U.S. Fund for UNICEF
Eric Maas, Sheryl Maas
Eric Maas, Sheryl Maas Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images for U.S. Fund for UNICEF
Kip Tindell, Caryl Stern, Mark Haidar
Kip Tindell, Caryl Stern, Mark Haidar  Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images for U.S. Fund for UNICEF
Moll Anderson, D'Andra Simmons
Moll Anderson, D'Andra Simmons  Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images for U.S. Fund for UNICEF
Nasiba Adilova, Nancy Rogers, Georgina Hartland, and Sue Gragg
Nasiba Adilova, Nancy Rogers, Georgina Hartland, and Sue Gragg Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images for U.S. Fund for UNICEF
Children perform at the third annual Children First. An Evening with UNICEF.
Children perform at the third annual Children First. An Evening with UNICEF. Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images for U.S. Fund for UNICEF
 Dallas Mayor Mike Rawliings
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawliings Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images for U.S. Fund for UNICEF
Leigh Rinearson, Danielle Pruitt
Leigh Rinearson, Danielle Pruitt Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images for U.S. Fund for UNICEF
Jeremy Lock, D'Andra Simmons
Jeremy Lock, D'Andra Simmons  Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images for U.S. Fund for UNICEF
Stefanie Lathos-Polanco, Suzanne Wilcox, and Jill Surdek
Stefanie Lathos-Polanco, Suzanne Wilcox, and Jill Surdek Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images for U.S. Fund for UNICEF
Moll Anderson, Nasiba Adilova
Joyce Goss, Lynn McBee, and Gowri Sharma
Tony Rucha, June Rucha, and Jessica Nowitzki
Stephanie Jasper, Andy Patterson, Marcy Dunaway, Stephanie Lewis, Nefisah Sallim, Leann Marchbanks-Morris, Christina Andersen, Suzanne Wilcox, Jill Surdek, Rob Surdek, Laura Ramsey, and Stefanie Lathos-Polanco at the third annual Children First. An Evening
Saf Joshi, Amee Joshi
Eric Maas, Sheryl Maas
Kip Tindell, Caryl Stern, Mark Haidar
Moll Anderson, D'Andra Simmons
Nasiba Adilova, Nancy Rogers, Georgina Hartland, and Sue Gragg
Children perform at the third annual Children First. An Evening with UNICEF.
 Dallas Mayor Mike Rawliings
Leigh Rinearson, Danielle Pruitt
Jeremy Lock, D'Andra Simmons
Stefanie Lathos-Polanco, Suzanne Wilcox, and Jill Surdek

The third annual Children First. An evening with UNICEF gala proved once again why it tops the list as one of CultureMap’s not-to-miss spring charity events. Of course, when fundraising powerhouses Joyce Goss, Lynn McBee, and Gowri Sharma team up to co-chair an event, you know that’s a force not to be reckoned with.

The numbers don’t lie. With the help of community leaders and philanthropists — including Jessica Nowitzki, Selwyn Rayzor ​and Rich Moses, Lindsey Lott, Jodi Taylor, Moll and Charlie Anderson, D’Andra Simmons and Jeremy Lock, Stephanie Jasper, Andy Patterson, and Marcy Dunaway  these do-gooders garnered more than $860,000 to further UNICEF’s mission to provide lifesaving programs around the world.

More than 300 patrons clad in cocktail dresses and suits arrived at Sixty Five Hundred, where they were greeted by a red carpet and interactive UNICEF stations. These pop-up style gift shops gave supporters a peek into the global challenges men, women, and children are faced with daily. Donors could purchase gift packages like peanut-based therapeutic food, a midwifery kit, purifying water tablets, “Art-in-a-Box” for emotional healing, and vaccine “Super Hero” packs.

Once everyone was seated for dinner, a special treat was in store as Mayor Mike Rawlings recognized students from Preston Hollow Elementary School for their dedication as a UNICEF Kid Power school. He also paid special tribute to the Enrico family, in honor of Roger Enrico’s support of UNICEF’s work in Guinea. The Hunter Sullivan Band gave a beautiful musical performance.

The Container Store was honored with the UNICEF Children First Award for its commitment to health, education, and service within the community. Co-founder and chairman Kip Tindell, CEO Melissa Reiff, and president and chief merchandising officer Sharon Tindell accepted the award on behalf of the entire company.

Tech guru Mark Haidar, the evening’s featured speaker, gave inspiring accounts of the organization’s innovative approach and successful programs impacting citizens worldwide. After a touching video, Tim Willett worked his magic during the live auction, and guests waved their paddles, raking in several thousand more dollars. As the program came to an end, the party continued with DJ Andre 7 and the Mir Mir photo booth keeping guests on their toes.