Houstonians turn out in force at UNICEF Gala Houston

More than 320 guests attended UNICEF’s fifth annual gala, held at The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston.

Great Day Houston host Deborah Duncan emceed the event, and Linda and Jim McIngvale received the Global Community Hero Award. They shared the spotlight with Susan and Fayez Sarofim, who were presented with the Margaret Alkek Williams Humanitarian Award for their contributions to the causes of children, health, and education.

Special guests, Mayor Sylvester Turner and Emma Kathleen Hepburn Ferrer, Audrey Hepburn’s granddaughter and UNICEF advocate, addressed the black-tie crowd with Ferrer remarking, “My grandmother Audrey Hepburn chose UNICEF because of her commitment to public service and because she knew investing in a child’s future is investing in the world. My grandmother would be proud that the legacy of hope and love lives on through UNICEF supporters.”

Proceeds from live auction items, including tickets to Hamilton the Musical, a private suite at Rockets and Astros games and a new 2018 Lexus NX 300, contributed to the more than $900,000 raised, which will support UNICEF’s work to fight for the basic rights of every child.

The night concluded with a vibrant performance by 10-piece variety band, Professor D.

The 2018 gala was chaired by Brigitte and Bashar Kalai, Dr. Sippi and Ajay Khurana, Leticia and Stephen Trauber and Ileana and Michael Treviño. Honorary Chairs included Rosanette and Harry Cullen, Leela and Nat Krishnamurthy, Penny and Paul B. Loyd Jr., Randa and Charles Williams, and Margaret Alkek Williams.

Enjoying the evening were Buzz Aldrin, Joanne King Herring, Maria and Neil Bush, Sara Beth and Pierce Bush, Jeff Bagwell, Susan Boggio, Nelson Bowman, Barron Segar, Catherine Clarke Murphy, and Alicia Smith.