UNICEF Ambassador since 2010
As an icon for modern day home design, acclaimed interior designer Vern Yip is best known for his appearances on TLC's Trading Spaces through its fourth season and for hosting four seasons of HGTV's show Deserving Design. Vern is also a judge on the prime-time series HGTV Design Star, host of HGTV's Urban Oasis, and will appear on new episodes of HGTV's Bang for Your Buck, where he serves as both host and design expert. Vern also runs his own interior design company in Atlanta—Vern Yip Designs—and has a home decor line at HSN (Home Shopping Network) called Vern Yip Home, which is a sophisticated and functional collection of home furnishings, décor and accessories.
Since appointed a UNICEF Ambassador in November 2010, Vern is dedicated to help fundraise, advocate, and educate in support of UNICEF's global mission. As a UNICEF Ambassador, Vern has devoted his immeasurable visual skills and talents to helping UNICEF provide lifesaving immunizations, clean water, medicines, education, and protection to children worldwide.
Read more about Vern Yip's dedication as a UNICEF Ambassador in this recent Encore Atlanta feature.
2012 Hallmark Color Symposium
As a young boy, UNICEF Ambassador Vern Yip recalls shopping in Hallmark card stores with his mother. Even though his parents had expected him to become a doctor, he secretly wanted to design Hallmark's gift wrap. On July 24, a part of his childhood dream came true. Vern presented to an audience of over 250 people about Design for Good at the Hallmark Color Symposium in Kansas City which is held annually to inspire creativity amongst employees and introduce the coming year’s color forecast. Hallmark has created, manufactured and distributed more than 100 UNICEF inspired greeting cards and gifts since 2006 and their partnership with the U.S Fund has generated more than $7.5 million in revenue to benefit UNICEF.
"Design has the power to do good," Vern said. "With design, you can transform somebody's life."
Vern spoke about his background in design, his personal experience working with UNICEF, and the great strides UNICEF has made over the last two decades to immunize the world's children and increase school enrollments worldwide.
2012 UNICEF Experience: Atlanta
As the Founding Co-Chair, Vern designed and helped execute the 2012 UNICEF Experience: Atlanta event, which took place at Georgia Public Broadcasting and raised $623,000 in one night for UNICEF's lifesaving work.
The event, which was attended by over 300 guests, displayed interactive exhibits of UNICEF's programs in emergency relief, health and HIV/AIDS, and water and sanitation. Guests received an insider view of UNICEF's lifesaving work and had the opportunity to make a difference—all without leaving Atlanta.
Read an article about Vern's involvement in the 2012 UNICEF Experience: Atlanta.
2011 UNICEF Snowflake Ball
In December 2011, Vern created an unconventional décor for the UNICEF Snowflake Ball by draping the room in mosquito netting. A video was shown that illustrated what a huge impact a simple, insecticide-treated net could have on preventing mosquito-borne malaria. During the live auction, guests purchased $180,000 worth of mosquito netting (over 29,000 bed nets).
2011 UNICEF Experience: Atlanta
In May 2011, Vern served as the Founding Co-chair for the first annual UNICEF Experience: Atlanta. a unique event that highlighted UNICEF's lifesaving programs through a stunning exhibit of photographs and interactive displays, and was followed by a gala dinner and silent auction in Atlanta's Lenox Square Luxury Wing. The event raised over half a million dollars for UNICEF and opened up many new opportunities for raising awareness and fundraising in the region. Additionally, Vern also hosted a Patron Party at his home in Atlanta to thank donors and supporters of UNICEF.
2010 UNICEF Snowflake Ball
Mere weeks after becoming a UNICEF Ambassador, Vern "flipped the switch" and lit the UNICEF Snowflake in New York City during the 2010 holiday season. In addition, he attended and designed the décor for the 2010 UNICEF Snowflake Ball in New York City and transformed Cipriani 42nd Street into a space dedicated to the children of the world. 22,000 white lights were hung from the ceiling, each one a reminder of the thousands of children who die every day of preventable causes. Since then, the number of children who die every day of preventable causes has decreased to 21,000.
2009 UNICEF Snowflake Ball
Vern designed the décor for the 2009 UNICEF Snowflake Ball in New York City at Cipriani 42nd Street.