Ms. Williams was the first person in the United States to receive the Audrey Hepburn® Society Philanthropist of the Year Award in recognition of her charitable giving in Houston and abroad,
The Houston Grand Opera performed a capella chorale performance of “Moon River”
and for her induction to the Audrey Circle, the highest level of UNICEF’s Audrey Hepburn® Society. Sean Hepburn Ferrer, Audrey Hepburn’s son and chair of the society, presented Ms. Williams with the award.
Jesse Metcalfe was the emcee for the evening and Il Volo performed three of their musical hits during a program in the Cullen Theater. The event also featured the Houston Ballet performing Pas de Deux by Stanton Welch, the Houston Symphony performing Mozart’s overture to The Marriage of Figaro, and the Houston Grand Opera performed a capella chorale performance of “Moon River”.
The evening raised over $650,000 and proceeds will support UNICEF’s life-saving programs. UNICEF provides children with health and immunizations, clean water, nutrition, education, emergency and disaster relief, and more.