Dallasites Raise Money for UNICEF

CEO & President UNICEF USA Caryl Stern, honoree and Global Philanthropist Award recipients actor Rob Lowe and designer Sheryl Lowe at the UNICEF Gala at The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas on Feb. 3. (Photo credit: Cooper Neill/Getty Images for UNICEF USA)

More than $1.3 million was raised Saturday at the inaugural UNICEF Gala Dallas at The Ritz-Carlton.

The money raised will go towards UNICEF’s global mission to save and improve the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children.

The event honored Rob and Sheryl Lowe with the Global Philanthropist Award for their work in raising awareness both locally and globally for women, education and children’s rights.

The Kimberly-Clark Corporation received the UNICEF Children First Award for their commitment to raising awareness and funds for UNICEF.

Rob Lowe told the more than 370 guest in attendance that going to a Syrian refugee camp, “was an amazing opportunity to see what UNICEF does firsthand and the kind of impact that it has on these children’s lives. And it’s going to shape them…”

Recording artist Skylar Grey performs at the UNICEF Gala at The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas on Feb. 3. (Photo credit: Cooper Neill/Getty Images for UNICEF USA)

Over the course of the evening, guests enjoyed remarks from emcee Brooke Burke-Charvet, along with an acoustic set by singer-songwriter, Skylar Grey, who performed “Coming Home,” “Clarity,” “Love the Way You Lie,” amongst others.

A seated dinner and a live auction were presented by Andrew Bost.

Notable attendees included Caryl Stern, president and CEO of UNICEF USA,  event Co-Chairs Moll Anderson and Jan Miller Rich, Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, Kimberly Chandler, Courtney Kerr, and leadership committee members Joyce Goss, Amee Joshi, Jessica Nowitzki, Selwyn Raynor, Leigh Rinearson, Gowri Sharma and D’Andra Simmons.

Bianca R. Montes

Bianca Montes is an award-winning journalist with a background in crime and government reporting and an obsession with all things culture and arts. She serves as the Managing Editor for Park Cities People and Preston Hollow People, curating content for the Living Well and Faith sections, as well as producing the Fall and Spring society sections and 20 Under 40. From luncheons to galas to exhibition openings to new Dallas restaurants, you can find her out and about on Instagram @Bianca_TBD or @peoplenewspapers You can also reach her by email at [email protected] For the latest news, click here to sign up for our newsletter.