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.
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
- 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<
- Martha Coakley—Attorney General of Massachusetts
- Molly Melching—Founder of Tostan
See the Child: UNICEF for Children with Disabilities
Our next luncheon is scheduled for December 4, 2013 with Cara E. Yar Khan. Cara was born in 1976 in India and at the age of 30, was diagnosed with a very rare recessive genetic condition, Hereditary Inclusion Body Myopathy (HIBM). HIBM is an adult-onset progressive muscle-wasting disease which affects all skeletal muscles, typically leading to incapacity within 10-15 years. There are fewer than 1,000 known patients worldwide and at the present there is no approved treatment or cure. Ten years after her diagnosis, Cara walks with the aid of leg braces and two canes.
Cara joined UNICEF in 2007, after working 6 years with the UN World Food Program in Ecuador, Dell Inc. in Panama and as a private consultant in China. From UNICEF Angola, she was transferred to UNICEF China to support the Sichuan Earthquake Emergency Operation. This was followed by UNICEF posts in Botswana, Madagascar, Mozambique, Thailand and most recently Haiti, where she served as the Resource Mobilization Specialist and Disability Focal Point.
Unable to attend the event? Consider making a donation to support UNICEF's disability programs instead.
The U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s New England Regional Office hosted its first Women’s Luncheon Series event in the 2013-2014 series with guest speaker, U.S. Fund for UNICEF President and CEO Caryl Stern. On October 10, 2013 Caryl will spoke about her new book I Believe in ZERO: Learning from the World’s Children. The book, available on Amazon, iBooks and Barnes and Noble, shares memories from her travels and lessons learned not only about life, but those that can impact our children. Prior to this book Caryl also co-authored Hate Hurts: How Children Learn and Unlearn Prejudice (Scholastic, 2000) and Future Perfect: A Model for Professional Development (NACA, 1987). Learn more about Caryl.
2013 Children’s Champion Award Dinner
The U.S. Fund for UNICEF hosted 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 have awarded 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Susan Luick Good