Big names in Houston were on deck for last Friday night's UNICEF Gala at the Post Oak Houston, the fifth annual event that celebrated the U.N. program's lifesaving work, which this year honored Houstonians Susan and Fayez Sarofim with the Margaret Alkek Williams Humanitarian Award and Linda and Jim McIngvale with the Global Community Hero Award.
Notable guests included Mayor Sylvester Turner, Buzz Aldrin, Joanne King Herring, Margaret Alkek Williams, Neil and Maria Bush, and former Astro Jeff Bagwell.
Great Day Houston host Deborah Duncan emceed the evening's festivities, which included a raffle of luxury prizes and a performance by 10-piece variety band Professor D. The 320-plus guests heard from Mayor Turner and Emma Kathleen Hepburn Ferrer, granddaughter of the late film star and passionate UNICEF ambassador Audrey Hepburn.
"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," Ferrer said. "My grandmother would be so proud that the legacy of hope and love lives on through UNICEF supporters. She would be so proud that so many of you are using your voice the way she used her voice to tell the world how critical it is to support UNICEF's mission."
All told, the gala raised more than $900,000 to support UNICEF's global initiatives. Gala chairs were Brigitte and Bashar Kalai, Sippi and Ajay Khurana, Leticia and Stephen Trauber, and Ileana and Michael Treviño; honorary chairs were Rosanette and Harry Cullen, Leela and Nat Krishnamurthy, Penny and Paul B. Lloyd Jr., Margaret Alkek Williams, and Randa and Charles Williams.