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North Texas Regional Office

UNICEF: Southwest

25 Highland Park Village, #100-539
Dallas, TX 75205
713.963.8527 (fax)



Dr. Monica Williams, Regional Managing Director, Ext. 23
Karen Turney, Director, Ext. 24
Daley Webster, Development Officer, Ext. 21

The Southwest Region is grateful for the volunteer leadership of our Board of Directors.


The UNICEF Experience Dallas 2014

Dallas Experience

Join us for The UNICEF Experience Dallas on Friday, February 28, 2014 at the fig! Thank you to Catie and Aaron Enrico for chairing this third annual event. 

The UNICEF Experience presents an exhibit highlighting UNICEF's lifesaving global programs for women and children: child protection, nutrition, water and sanitation, education and development, emergency relief, health and HIV/AIDS. Attended by nearly 300 guests, this unique event shines a spotlight on children’s struggle for survival in more than 190 countries around the world—children who often lack the most basic necessities, such as shelter, clean water and basic nutrition. A live auction is held to support UNICEF's efforts to reach a day when ZERO children die from preventable causes.  

Visit our website to learn more about the event and purchase tickets.

When: Join us on Friday, February 28, 2014 as we celebrate UNICEF’s accomplishments and unite to help continue this lifesaving work.

Where: The fig
1807 Ross Avenue, Dallas TX 

Tickets: Sponsorship opportunities begin at $2,500, and tickets begin at $250 each. For tickets, or more information please visit www.unicefusa.org/dallasexperience

The UNICEF Experience Dallas 2013

Thank you to all who attended and supported the second annual UNICEF Experience Dallas on March 1, 2013!  The event raised nearly $250,000 for UNICEF’s lifesaving programs for children.  Check out photos from the event on our website

Dirk Nowitzski


Congratulations to Dallas’ own Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks!  On September 8, 2013 he was named a UNICEF Ambassador by the German National Committee.  “UNICEF helps us realize to what extent children need our support. However, UNICEF stands for solutions,” Nowitzki said while being appointed to the position near his hometown of Würzburg, Germany.

Special Projects

Philippines Relief

The North Texas community provided very generous support in response to the devastating typhoon that hit the Philippines in November 2013. Learn more about UNICEF's reponse.

Expanding Global Citizenship in North Texas

We are pleased to announce a very generous gift from the Harold Simmons Foundation to expand the U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s Global Citizenship Fellow to North Texas in 2014. This fellow will work to unite and empower North Texas youth and volunteers in service on behalf of UNICEF. The fellowship will begin on July 1, 2014. More information about the fellowship program is available on our website. Applications will be accepted starting in Spring 2014.

Bringing Clean Water to Guinea

With support from Dallas donors Roger and Rosemary Enrico UNICEF is working to increase access to clean water in Guinea through manual-powered drilling. Through a sustainable manual drilling strategy UNICEF is creating local employment, developing local businesses, and increasing the number of water access points – all of which will support poverty reduction among Guinea’s most vulnerable populations. To date, we have raised nearly $1.75 million for this innovative project.

If you are interested in learning more about or participating in this exciting initiative please contact Karen Turney at kturney@unicefusa.org.

Transforming Education in Togo

Togo water image

With a lead gift from an anonymous donor in Dallas, UNICEF Togo is implementing a comprehensive plan designed to reach Togo's most underserved children with access to quality education. Because of a lack of pre-primary education in Togo and the value it adds to a child’s future, UNICEF will construct, equip, and nurture 35 child-friendly preschools over the next five years. 

This lead donor has made a generous contribution to help fund more than half of the full project’s cost of $1.1 million and challenged the U.S. Fund for UNICEF donor family to help fund the balance. To date, we have raised more than $1.3 million for this project. We invite you to help us raise the remaining balance of $120,000. If you are interested in learning more about or participating in this transformational initiative please contact Karen Turney at kturney@unicefusa.org.

Field Visits


U.S. Fund for UNICEF North Texas regional board member Amee Joshi and her son recently visited UNICEF programs in Guatemala.


Dallas Uganda visit

(c) U.S. Fund for UNICEF, 2014

Donors attend a field visit in Uganda in 2013.

North Texas board chair Selwyn Rayzor and UNICEF Experience co-chair Catie Enrico traveled to Uganda in September 2013 to visit UNICEF programs. Uganda has one of the highest child mortality rates in the world, with 141,000 child deaths annually from preventable causes. UNICEF Uganda’s work seeks to keep children alive, safe and learning. Uganda is one of a few countries where UNICEF has an innovation lab where we learned about cutting-edge technology being used to support education, health, and child protection. Learn more about UNICEF’s innovations.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF is a great way to inform your community about the work UNICEF does—and to get involved in helping save children's lives around the world. With your help, we can reduce the number of children who die each day of preventable causes from 18,000 to zero.

There are many ways that you can volunteer for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF! If you are interested in volunteering locally in your community, consider conducting a UNICEF volunteer activity from our online volunteer center. The center includes several volunteer activities and resources, such as turn–key tool kits for you to use that provide step-by-step instructions for conducting awareness-building, fundraising or advocacy activities in your community, a calendar of local events and more.

To become involved in the North Texas area, please consider volunteering at one of our local events. Opportunities include everything from greeting guests to set–up assistance and auction monitors. Participating in one of our events is the perfect opportunity for you to meet new people, have a great night out with some friends and help raise funds for UNICEF!

If you are interested volunteering with the U.S. Fund for UNICEF in North Texas please contact Daley Webster at dwebster@unicefusa.org.

Board of Directors

North Texas

Selwyn Rayzor, Chair
Joyce Goss, Vice Chair
Jill Cochran
Serena Simmons Connelly
Amee Joshi
Steve Ladik
Nancy Kurkowski
Debbie Rader
Gowri Sharma