The U.S. Fund for UNICEF hosted the second annual UNICEF Audrey Hepburn® Society Ball to celebrate two extraordinary philanthropists and raise critically needed funds in support of UNICEF’s Ebola relief efforts. UNICEF is working to help contain the spread of Ebola in West Africa and support children and families affected by the crisis.
The black-tie event, held at the Wortham Theater, raised more than $700,000, which the Paul G. Allen Foundation will generously match dollar-for-dollar.
Top philanthropists and Houston notables, including Cal & Hannah McNair, Sean Hepburn Ferrer & Karin Hofer, Penny Loyd, Alice & Lance Smith, Joanne King Herring, Joanna & Brad Marks, Nidhika & Pershant Mehta and Representative Sheila Jackson Lee, were in attendance for the presentation of the inaugural Margaret Alkek Williams Humanitarian Award to Janice and Robert McNair. Margaret Alkek Williams, who was honored with the Audrey Hepburn® Society Philanthropist of the Year Award in 2013, was there to present her namesake award to the McNairs in recognition of their generous gifts to a wide array of causes which improve children’s lives. Additionally, Representative Sheila Jackson Lee presented the McNairs with a Certificate of Congressional Recognition in honor of the award and occasion.
Guests were entertained throughout the evening by emcee Voice of the Houston Texans Marc Vandermeer as well as with special performances by Treble Choir of Houston, Soprano Nancy Curtis and soul, jazz, and gospel singer Oleta Adams.