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
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.
SOURCE U.S. Fund for UNICEF