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By New You Editorial
Posted On Nov 30, 2016

Hillary Clinton made a surprise appearance at the 12th Annual UNICEF Snowflake Ball to congratulate her friend, Katy Perry, on receiving the Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award. Clinton received a standing ovation as she made her way to the podium to address the audience. “Every single child deserves to live her God-given potential,” she said to wild applause. “For 70 years, UNICEF has protected children’s rights, food, safety, and care – not to survive but to thrive.” She went on to talk about Perry’s energy and compassion for her work. “Katy’s powerful voice and creative lyrics reminds us when you get knocked down you get back up….we need champions like Katy now more than ever.”

Perry spoke about her longtime admiration for Audrey Hepburn and how she will continue to use her voice to help bring attention to issues that affect the most vulnerable children in the world. “Partnering with UNICEF gave an international focus to my purpose,” she said. President and CEO of UNICEF, Caryl Stern, described the night as a family get together and spoke glowingly about Katy’s warmth and how special she is with the children.  There were plenty of other Goodwill Ambassadors and celebrities attending the Snowflake Ball last night in New York. Moll Anderson received the Spirit of Compassion Award and spoke about her humbling visits to Jamaica and Mozambique with the organization. “People can feel so good about UNICEF and the work they do,” she said. Brooke Burke-Charvet, was on hand to present the award to Anderson and said she was delighted to see people come out and use the platform for something way more important than the . Host for the night, Octavia Spencer, added that any organization that puts kids at the forefront is an organization to be cherished.  UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Orlando Bloom, spoke about how the plight of the children around the world is forever increasing and that the work that UNICEF is doing really saves lives.  Actress Tea Leoni, who is a U.S. Fund for UNICEF Board Member, said that Katy Perry personified what the Humanitarian Award stood for – “we are smitten by Katy’s kindness and enthusiasm and overriding generosity and spirit.”  “It is a reminder of what is important – the spirit of giving,” said Tamron Hall. Last word should go to UNICEF Ambassador Vern Yip who said this about the event last night – “it is not just about buying gifts but coming together as an entire world and thinking about all the needy children who around the planet do not have the basic things we have here.” We concur.