UNICEF Ambassador Selena Gomez held her 2nd Annual Charity Concert benefitting UNICEF on Friday, January 20, at the House of Blues in West Hollywood, CA. Hosted by Jake Whetter of Radio Disney and joined by special musical guests, Big Time Rush and Noah Guthrie, Selena Gomez & The Scene performed to a sold-out show that raised over $200,000 for UNICEF to provide lifesaving nutrition, clean water, medicine, safety and education to children worldwide. Prior to the show, Selena hosted a meet and greet and posed for photos with some of her biggest fans.
“Giving back has always been important to me. This concert allows me to connect with my fans in person which is one of the best parts of my job and to raise money for important causes at the same time. I can’t think of anything I would enjoy doing more,” Gomez said of the charity concert. Justin Bieber and Ashley Tisdale were in attendance, as well as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham who brought along his three sons to watch Selena perform an acoustic set of her hit songs including “Naturally,” “Bang Bang Bang,” and “Love You Like A Love Song.” Selena also performed a rendition of Jason Mraz's “I Won't Give Up,” in addition to a moving cover of Miranda Lambert’s “The House That Built Me,” which she dedicated to her mother. After the show, Selena thanked her fans for their support through Facebook. “Thank you to all who came out to the show last night at House of Blues on Sunset. That is one of the shows I look forward to the most and cannot wait for next year's show. I don't have an exact number but together we all raised over 200,000 dollars to benefit UNICEF," she posted. “We’re helping to save the lives of children all over the world.” Selena was appointed a UNICEF Ambassador in 2009 and has traveled to Ghana and Chile to witness UNICEF’s work first-hand in the field. She has since supported many of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s events, projects and campaigns, including the George Harrison Fund for UNICEF, the UNICEF TAP Project, and Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF. Selena’s first charity concert to benefit UNICEF was held in celebration of the 60th Anniversary of Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF in October 2010.