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Heartfelt Dallas UNICEF gala raises crucial funds for aid in Ukraine

Heartfelt Dallas UNICEF gala raises crucial funds for aid in Ukraine

Dirk Nowitzki, Jessica Nowitzki -
Dirk Nowitzki, Jessica Nowitzki  Photo courtesy of Booth Easy for UNICEF USA
Kara Goss, Selwyn Razor, Joyce Goss, Jessica Nowitzki,
Kara Goss, Selwyn Razor, Joyce Goss, Jessica Nowitzki Photo courtesy of Kim Leeson for UNICEF USA
Mike Rawlings, Micki Rawlings
Mike Rawlings, Micki Rawlings Photo courtesy of Kim Leeson for UNICEF USA
Haley Arias and Katharine Newman
Haley Arias, Katharine Newman Photo courtesy of Kim Leeson for UNICEF USA
Jessica Nowitzki, Abigail Williams
Jessica Nowitzki, Abigail Williams Photo courtesy of Kim Leeson for UNICEF USA
Abraham Alexander
Abraham Alexander Photo courtesy of Kim Leeson for UNICEF USA
Alexandra Suich Bass and Kyle Bass
Alexandra Suich Bass, Kyle Bass Photo courtesy of Kim Leeson for UNICEF USA
Joyce Goss, Abigail Williams, Michael J. Nyenhuis, Selwyn Razor,
Joyce Goss, Abigail Williams, Michael J. Nyenhuis, Selwyn Razor Photo courtesy of Kim Leeson for UNICEF USA
Moll Anderson and Charlie Anderson
Moll Anderson, Charlie Anderson  Photo courtesy of Kim Leeson for UNICEF USA
Poizon Ivy the DJ
Poizon Ivy the DJ Photo courtesy of Kim Leeson for UNICEF USA
Thear Suzuki, Dr. Lyndsey Harper, Claire Haidar, Tracey Doi
Thear Suzuki, Dr. Lyndsey Harper, Claire Haidar, Tracey Doi Photo courtesy of Kim Leeson for UNICEF USA
Kara Goss, Selwyn Razor, Joyce Goss
Kara Goss, Selwyn Razor, and Joyce Goss on stage. Photo courtesy of Kim Leeson for UNICEF USA
Jessica Nowitzki, Joyce Goss, Selwyn Razor, Kara Goss, Alexandra Suich Bass, Claire Haidar
Jessica Nowitzki, Joyce Goss, Selwyn Razor, Kara Goss, Alexandra Suich Bass, Claire Haidar Photo courtesy of Kim Leeson for UNICEF USA
April Allen, Richard Moses, Sean Allen
April Allen, Richard Moses, Sean Allen  Photo courtesy of Kim Leeson for UNICEF USA
Dirk Nowitzki, Jessica Nowitzki -
Kara Goss, Selwyn Razor, Joyce Goss, Jessica Nowitzki,
Mike Rawlings, Micki Rawlings
Haley Arias and Katharine Newman
Jessica Nowitzki, Abigail Williams
Abraham Alexander
Alexandra Suich Bass and Kyle Bass
Joyce Goss, Abigail Williams, Michael J. Nyenhuis, Selwyn Razor,
Moll Anderson and Charlie Anderson
Poizon Ivy the DJ
Thear Suzuki, Dr. Lyndsey Harper, Claire Haidar, Tracey Doi
Kara Goss, Selwyn Razor, Joyce Goss
Jessica Nowitzki, Joyce Goss, Selwyn Razor, Kara Goss, Alexandra Suich Bass, Claire Haidar
April Allen, Richard Moses, Sean Allen

What: 2022 UNICEF Dallas Celebration

Where: Thompson Hotel 

The 411: Champions and patrons of UNICEF USA’s North Texas Regional Office came together to celebrate and raise funds for UNICEF USA at the fourth annual UNICEF Dallas Celebration on April 22.  

With a special eye on the humanitarian emergency taking place as a result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, UNICEF leaders stressed the organization's mission of relentlessly pursuing a more equitable world for every child.

Over the past two months, they say, UNICEF and partners have been working around the clock to deliver emergency medical services, critical health supplies, safe water for drinking and hygiene, and shelter and protection in Ukraine.

UNICEF USA CEO and president Michael J. Nyenhuis told the audience, "Despite the dangers, our teams remain very active inside Ukraine, where we have been operational for 25 years. We have mobile teams providing vital health services, including critical psycho-social support for children. We are providing clean water, emergency supplies, and critical materials to hospitals. UNICEF has also begun a humanitarian cash transfer program to support thousands of the most vulnerable families with resources for the basics they need.”

During the evening, guests had the opportunity to give critical funds for Ukraine and other areas of conflict and disaster. These lifesaving and life-changing gifts included ready-to-use therapeutic food packets, community water pumps, school-in-a-box kits, and emergency relief services. 

The event honored Founder and Chief Executive Officer of United to Learn Abigail Williams with the Spirit of Compassion Award, which was presented by event leadership committee member Jessica Nowitzki. Williams was recognized for her leadership in the areas of youth empowerment, children’s rights, and equity in education.

After speeches, dinner, and award recognitions, guests were treated to a special performance by soulful Fort Worth blues musician Abraham Alexander. Poizon Ivy the DJ then kicked amped up the after-party with a playlist that kept party-goers on their feet.

In total, the Dallas community raised more than $750,000 for UNICEF’s work in over 190 countries, with $165,000 going directly to UNICEF’s response in Ukraine.

Who: Notable attendees included Joyce Goss and Selwyn Rayzor (members of the UNICEF USA North Texas Board), as well as UNICEF ambassador Dirk Nowitzki, former Dallas mayor Mike Rawlings and Micki Rawlings, Moll Anderson, Charlie Anderson, Kara Goss, Claire Haidar, Jennifer Karol, Kyle Bass, Alexandra Suich-Bass, Haley Arias, Katharine Newman, Thear Suzuki, Dr. Lyndsey Harper, Tracey Doi, Richard Moses, April Allen, and Sean Allen.