New England Regional Office
420 Boylston Street, 5th Floor
Boston, MA 02116
The New England Regional Office offers thanks and appreciation to the volunteer leaders on our Board of Directors and Advisory Council.
Children’s Champion Award Dinner
The U.S. Fund for UNICEF hosts its annual fundraising gala, the Children’s Champion Award Dinner, on Monday, June 10, 2013, in Boston to honor individuals who strive to help us reach the day when ZERO children die from preventable causes. We applaud this year’s award recipients, Lauren Bush Lauren and David Lauren, for their enduring commitment to improving children’s lives. Lauren and David join an impressive group. Past honorees include: Nelson Mandela; Queen Noor; Princess Caroline; the Red Sox’s David Ortiz; the Boston Celtics; and, most recently, UNICEF Ambassador Trudie Styler and Sting.
The U.S. Fund for UNICEF is also proud to award Charlene Engelhard with the Helenka Pantaleoni Humanitarian Award this year. Charlene is an artist and philanthropist, who has used her talents, resources and interest to provide therapy and healing to children and teens in conflict and resource-poor settings through the Art-in-a-Box program partnered with UNICEF. A true role model, Charlene embodies the spirit of the Helenka Pantaleoni Humanitarian Award in her dedication to the children of the world.
For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit unicefusa.org/about/special-events/childrens-champion.
2011 Children's Champion Award Dinner
On October 20, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF honored UNICEF Ambassador Trudie Styler and Sting with the 2011 UNICEF Children’s Champion Award for their enduring commitment to the environment and improving children’s lives.
Since Trudie and Sting founded Rainforest Foundation International in 1989, they have raised more than $25 million to protect the environment and the cultures of the indigenous populations. In 2007, the Rainforest Foundation partnered with UNICEF Ecuador to supply clean water through rainwater collection and easy-to-install filtration tanks to the inhabitants adversely affected by oil exploitation in the Ecuadorian rainforest.
Trudie and Sting joined an impressive group of past Children’s Champion Award recipients, including Nelson Mandela, Queen Noor, Princess Caroline of Monaco, David Ortiz, and, most recently, the Boston Celtics—all who have been lauded for their work on behalf of children worldwide. Trudie and Sting were honored at an elegant dinner that featured a musical performance by special guest artist Chris Botti.
Thanks to the support of the event's sponsors and donors, we raised over $1.14 million for UNICEF's work for children around the world.
Women's Luncheon Series
The U.S. Fund for UNICEF Women’s Luncheon Series in Boston consists of intimate luncheons (limited to 100 guests), attended by leaders in the academic, corporate and philanthropic communities of New England. In support of UNICEF’s lifesaving work for children, the majority of guests are individual major donors or prospective donors to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. Special guests are invited to speak about issues affecting women and children around the world, and attendees participate in an enriching Q&A session. Below is a partial listing of past luncheon speakers.
- Mme. Jeannette Kagame—First Lady of Rwanda
- Liz Walker—Award-winning journalist and documentary film producer>
- Ishmael Beah—Author of A Long Way Gone
- Somaly Mam—Author of The Road of Lost Innocence: The True Story of a Cambodian Heroine
- Pernille Ironside—UNICEF Child Protection Specialist
- Téa Leoni—Actress, U.S. Fund for UNICEF board member
- Anne Garrels—Senior Foreign Correspondent National Public Radio
- Tracy Kidder—Author of Strength in What Remains<
- Susan Bissell—UNICEF Chief of Child Protection
- Liya Kebede—Supermodel, actress, designer, and maternal health advocate
- Luciano Calestini—Deputy Head of Office, UNICEF Kosovo
- Maggie Betts—Film director
- Martha Coakley—Attorney General of Massachusetts
- Molly Melching—Founder of Tostan
Our next luncheon is scheduled for May 14, 2013, with guest speaker Sean Hepburn Ferrer. Mr. Ferrer will speak about the legacy of philanthropy instilled in him by his mother, Audrey Hepburn. Sean owns and operates Licensing Artists, LLC, with his partner Paul Alberghetti, an agency dedicated to the management of legacy-related intellectual properties. The agency represents Audrey Hepburn and has also represented Humphrey Bogart. He is also the Founder (and Chairman-retired) of the Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund, a 501C-3 public non-profit organization dedicated to continuing his mother’s humanitarian efforts as a UNICEF Ambassador. Both the agency and non-profit organization are headquartered in Pasadena, California. In July, 2012, Sean was appointed Honorary Chair of the Audrey Hepburn® Society at the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.
For information about sponsorship opportunities or upcoming luncheons, please contact us at 617.266.7534 x105 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Women Helping Women—Bolivian Communal Banking in the Amazon
The Bolivian Communal Banking (BCB) Committee is a group of dedicated UNICEF supporters in New England who fundraise and advocate for the expansion of UNICEF’s women-led communal banking program to the socially excluded Amazon region of Bolivia.
Through this integrated program, families will gain access to basic sanitation services; increase educational opportunities for their children; decrease child labor in mines and the number of children forced or sold into slavery; and reduce gender and indigenous gaps in the region through the improvement of the family economy and the creation of a permanent community-based support network. This project is modeled on UNICEF’s successful women-led communal banks in the North Potosí region of Bolivia.
If you are interested in supporting this work, please contact Matthew Bane in the Boston office at 617.266.7534 x104. To make a donation, please visit unicefusa.org/boliviacommunalbank.
If you would like to volunteer to help raise money through Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF or other youth activities, please call 1.800.4UNICEF (1.800.486.4233) or sign up to be a volunteer at unicefusa.org/volunteer. If you are interested in volunteering for local events or applying for internships, please contact us at 617.266.7534 x105 or email@example.com.
Susan Luick Good