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Friday evening, the North Texas and Central Regional Office of UNICEF USA hosted the Second Annual UNICEF Gala Dallas at The Ritz-Carlton in Dallas, Texas, celebrating and raising funds for UNICEF’s work to save and improve the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children.
The event honored three-time Grammy Award winner, singer and songwriter Brad Paisley and critically acclaimed actor and New York Times best-selling author Kimberly Williams-Paisley with the Global Philanthropist Award for their work with children both domestically and abroad. Jill and Jim Cochran received the UNICEF Children First Award for their exceptional contributions for the betterment of children everywhere.
Over the course of the evening, guests enjoyed remarks from emcee Brooke Burke over a seated dinner and a live auction presented by Tim Willett. Six-time Grammy Award winning gospel artist BeBe Winans awed the crowd with an opening performance, and Brad Paisley performed a special acoustic set and was joined by LA Dodger and Dallas native Clayton Kershaw for a surprise duet of "She's Everything."
More than 420 guests attended the gala that raised over $1.15 million in support of UNICEF’s global mission.
Notable attendees included President & CEO of UNICEF USA Caryl M. Stern, event Co-Chairs Moll Anderson and Jan Miller Rich, UNICEF Ambassador Halima Aden, Music Video Director Robert Deaton, D'Andra Simmons, Kimberly Chandler, and long time UNICEF supporter Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York. Leadership committee members in attendance included Gowri Sharma, Jessica Nowitzki, Joyce Goss, Leigh Rinearson, Sabrina Harrison and Selwyn Rayzor.
Auction packages featured a Nashville Experience that includes VIP tickets to the CMA pre-party and show, a Highland Park Experience featuring a hosted dinner with Royal Chef Darren McGrady and hosting a private premier party debuting the Downton Abbey movie, and a Desert Jewel VIP escape at JW Marriott Scottsdale.