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Dec

Inside UNICEF Snowflake Ball: How Katy Perry Stole the Show

It was certainly a #GivingTuesday at the UNICEF Snowflake Ball on Tuesday evening at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City, where stars turned out in droves to support the charity’s “belief in zero” efforts to end the preventable deaths of children.

UNICEF Ambassadors Angie Harmon, Danny Glover, Téa Leoni, and former ambassador Katie Couric were all in attendance, as well as Katy Perry, Christina Ricci, Bryant Gumbel, Audrey Hepburn’s son Luca Dotti, Jenna Bush Hager and Henry Hager, Mark Consuelos, Kyle MacLachlan, Tyson Chandler, and more.

Katy Perry as UNICEF’s Goodwill Ambassador.

Katy Perry as UNICEF’s Goodwill Ambassador.

 

Perry, who was named UNICEF’s newest Goodwill Ambassador at the event, stunned in a burgundy, velvet Naeem Khan gown on the red carpet, but changed into a glittering gold Michael Kors number to perform her hit single “Unconditionally,” which she said was inspired by a UNICEF trip she took to Madagascar.

“I believe young people have the power to change their own lives, with our help,” the 29-year-old songstress said of her new role. “I am honored to join UNICEF as a Goodwill Ambassador, and committed to doing everything I can to help children and adolescents who come from such different backgrounds but want the same thing: a brighter future.”

The “Prism” singer’s gown wasn’t the only thing that sparkled! The stunning ballroom designed by HGTV star Vern Yip showcased 18,000 snowflakes hanging from the ceiling, which represented the 18,000 children dying every day from preventable causes.

Couric, who just joined Yahoo, joked that she was “ready for her scotch” as she chatted with omg! and introduced her fiancée, John Molner.

Katie Couric with fiance John Molner (right) and Danny Glover and his wife Getty (left) posing inside the event.

Katie Couric with fiance John Molner (right) and Danny Glover and his wife Getty (left) posing inside the event.

 

Meanwhile Danny Glover, who was honored with the Humanitarian Award, told reporters he was thrilled to share the evening with his wife, Eliane Cavalleiro, whom he said is the “best Christmas present every day of the year.”

The A-list evening was certainly a success and UNICEF raised an impressive amount of money for their many projects.