UNICEF to Honor Katie Couric With Danny Kaye Humanitarian Award at UNICEF Goodwill Gala

Additional Tributes and Honors to NBC's 'ER,' George Harrison, Harry

Belafonte, Sir Roger Moore, Nana Mouskouri, Vanessa Redgrave and

Sir Peter Ustinov

Whoopi Goldberg to Host

Nov 19, 2003, 00:00 ET from U.S. Fund for UNICEF

    NEW YORK, Nov. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Katie Couric, host of NBC's "Today" and
 one of the most recognized faces in America, will receive UNICEF's Danny Kaye
 Humanitarian Award at UNICEF's Goodwill Gala in Los Angeles.  Through her
 leadership in media and commitment to children's causes, Couric has brought
 critical issues facing children and women into the homes of millions.
     Couric has been dedicated to improving the lives of children around the
 world and has used her celebrity to inform and empower her audience to do the
 same.  Through her work with UNICEF, which includes a visit to Zimbabwe and
 support of the annual "Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF" program, Couric has been
 instrumental in raising awareness of UNICEF's mission for children around the
 world.  In addition, Couric co-founded the National Colorectal Cancer Research
 Alliance in an effort to end the threat of colon cancer through education, new
 research and regular medical screenings.  She is also an Honorary Board Member
 of Gilda's Club and has supported such organizations as the Make-A-Wish
 Foundation, Alzheimer's Association, amfAR and others.
     "Celebrating 50 years of celebrity advocacy is a remarkable milestone for
 UNICEF," said Carol Bellamy, UNICEF Executive Director.  "Katie Couric
 represents a new generation of celebrities who use their influence with the
 public to help raise awareness and funds for UNICEF and other important
 organizations.  She embodies a sense of giving back to others through
 education, awareness, fundraising and hands-on work that serves as an
 inspiration to all."
     Established by UNICEF, the Danny Kaye Humanitarian Award is named after
 entertainer Danny Kaye who became UNICEF's first Goodwill Ambassador in 1953.
 The award will be given on an annual basis to an entertainment industry
 individual in recognition of his/her visionary and transformative advocacy on
 behalf of children and women worldwide.  Even with a professional career that
 spanned film, television, music and live entertainment, Kaye remained
 steadfast in his commitment to bringing hope and laughter to children for 35
     Humanitarianism Through the Arts Award
     NBC's "ER" will receive UNICEF's first Humanitarianism Through the Arts
 Award.  The Emmy award-winning show is being honored for its social
 responsibility in bringing awareness to humanitarian crisis in such countries
 as the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria and Croatia.  This type of
 attention from a major television show is rare by any measure, and has
 undoubtedly helped to humanize distant struggles for the million of viewers
 around the world.  Jessica Lange, a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador who recently
 visited the Congo on behalf of the organization, will present the award.
     The Goodwill Laureate Award
     UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors Harry Belafonte, Sir Roger Moore, Nana
 Mouskouri, Vanessa Redgrave and Sir Peter Ustinov will be honored for their
 extraordinary devotion to improving the lives of children throughout the
 world.  Whether holding a child's hand or lobbying a politician, the men and
 women honored by the UNICEF Goodwill Laureate Award have exemplified the
 notion that the compassion and dedication of a single individual can make a
 world of difference.
     The Corporate Responsibility Award
     UNICEF will present Mattel with the Corporate Responsibility Award, which
 honors a company that has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to
 philanthropic activity benefiting children.
     A Tribute to George Harrison
     A visionary humanitarian, George Harrison used his celebrity and his music
 to bring children's needs to a global stage.  His legendary Concert for
 Bangladesh, organized by Mr. Harrison and Ravi Shankar, marked the first time
 musicians collaborated for a common humanitarian cause.  The concert pioneered
 the all-star rock benefit concert model, which has since been widely emulated
 for various causes worldwide.  Ravi Shankar will attend and Billy Preston will
 perform a selection of Harrison's songs.
     50 Years of Helping UNICEF Help Children
     UNICEF will commemorate a half-century of celebrity support at the "UNICEF
 Goodwill Gala: 50 Years of Celebrity Advocacy," a star-studded event to
 benefit the organization's efforts to ensure the health, education, equality
 and protection of every child.  UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Whoopi Goldberg
 will host the gala and Halle Berry will serve as honorary event chair.  The
 event, to be held on December 3, 2003, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly
 Hills, California, will benefit the "Audrey Hepburn All Children in School
 Fund" to help UNICEF provide 120 million children in developing nation's
 access to quality basic education, including the skills and knowledge they
 need to survive.
     Tickets and tables to the "UNICEF Goodwill Gala" are currently on sale.
 Prices, which also include sponsorship packages, range from $500 - $250,000.
 Tickets may be purchased by contacting Levy, Pazanti & Associates at
 310/201-5033.  "UNICEF Goodwill Gala" is scheduled to take place on December 3
 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel at 6:30 p.m.
     This evening is made possible, in part, through the generosity of our
 premiere sponsor, Thailand Elite with additional support from The Herbalife
 Family Foundation.
     About UNICEF
     Founded in 1946, UNICEF helps save, protect and improve the lives of
 children in 158 countries through immunization, education, health care,
 nutrition, clean water and sanitation.  UNICEF is non-partisan and its
 cooperation is free of discrimination.  In everything it does, the most
 disadvantaged children and the countries in greatest need have priority.  For
 more information about UNICEF or to make a donation, please visit
 www.unicefusa.org or call 1-800-4UNICEF.