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On April 24, 2019, the Southeast Regional Office of UNICEF USA hosted the 5th Annual UNICEF Gala Atlanta at The Foundry, Puritan Mill in Atlanta, Georgia. Paying tribute to the 30th anniversary of her grandmother Audrey Hepburn being named a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, the event featured special guest and speaker, Emma Kathleen Hepburn Ferrer. As a current UNICEF volunteer, Emma works tirelessly to ensure that every child has access to a bright, healthy future while carrying out her grandmother’s legacy.

 Chaired by Dr. Taz BhatiaMary Frances Garrett, and Beth Park, the evening celebrated UNICEF’s lifesaving work and honored Margaret and Steve Eaton with the Global Philanthropist Award for their work with UNICEF USA and commitment to make the world a better place for children. As a member of the UNICEF USA Southeast Regional Board since 2011, Steve Eaton continues to put children first. Alongside his wife Margaret, the pair have traveled with UNICEF to witness firsthand the programs and children served.

The night included a seated dinner with a menu design from Chef Matthew Basford, Executive Chef of Canoe. Honorary chairs included UNICEF Ambassador Laurence FishburneRebecca and Dr. Sanjay Gupta, The Honorable John Lewis, Ted Turner, The Honorable Andrew and Carolyn McClain Young.

 More than 370 guests attended the gala raising more than $1,000,000 to support UNICEF’s lifesaving work for children around the world. 

Notable attendees included UNICEF USA Southeast Regional Board Member and CNN Anchor, George Howell and Miss Georgia Annie Jorgensen.

“To save a single child is a blessing.  To save a million children is an opportunity granted to us by UNICEF.”
— Audrey Hepburn




2019 Global Philanthropist Award

Margaret & Steve Eaton

Special Guest

A tribute to UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Audrey Hepburn
by her granddaughter

Emma Kathleen Hepburn Ferrer

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MENU DESIGN



Chef Matthew Basford
Executive Chef, Canoe

Honorary Chairs

Laurence Fishburne, UNICEF Ambassador
Rebecca and Dr. Sanjay Gupta
The Honorable John Lewis
Ted Turner
The Honorable Andrew
and Carolyn McClain Young

Chairs

Dr. Taz Bhatia
Mary Frances Garrett
Beth Park

Patron Chairs

Michele Boushka
Christine Ragland

Décor Chairs

Ginny Brewer
Vern Yip, UNICEF Ambassador

NextGen Chairs

Kristin Maiwand
Sarah Smith-Kilpatrick
Jenn Weizenecker

Host Committee

Cara Isdell Lee and Zak Lee
Catherine and Bentley Long
Kristin and Ross Maiwand
Mary and Tim Mapes
Joanie and Ed Michaels
Jeri Moran and Shaun Rawls
Susan and David Nethero
Beth and David Park
Claire Parker and Ibrez Bandukwala
Swati and Rahul Patel
Suzanne and Bill Plybon
Denise and Jim Poole
Liz Price and Rick Blumen
Christine and Bill Ragland
Vandana Ramaswamy and Joon Ahn
Cathy and Scott Rhodes
Tanvi Shah and Macky Pannu
Sara and John Shlesinger
Bernard Taylor
Sandra Teepen
Angie and Brannigan Thompson
Jenn Weizenecker
Melody Wilder Wilson and David Wilson
Vern Yip and Craig Koch
Suzi and Reid Zeising

Roohi and Yaseen Abubaker
Meg and Jeff Arnold
Wendy and Neal Aronson
Kimberly and Brett Bartlett
Wendy and Ron Bell
Wendy and Brandon Bennett
Hansa Bhargava and Sandeep Yadav
Taz and Vikram Bhatia
Michele and Pat Boushka
Ginny and Charles Brewer
Claudia and Jon Carroll
Anne and Steve Collins
Barbarella and Rene Diaz
Bridget and Emmett Doerr
Laura Doerr and Eric DeKeyser
Jocelyn Dorsey
Margaret and Steve Eaton
Uchenna Ekuma-Nkama
Michele and Ben Garren
Mary Frances and Tom Garrett
Rebecca and Sanjay Gupta
Andrea and Boland Jones
Murad Ramzanali Karimi
Betsy and Haig Kazazian
Sarah and Jason Kilpatrick
Priti and Nick Lakha


Supporters

Humanitarian

Delta Air Lines
UPS®

Champion

Alston & Bird, LLP
The Coca-Cola Company
Margaret and Steve Eaton
Georgia-Pacific, LLC
Rebecca and Sanjay Gupta
Isdell Family Foundation
Voya Financial

Advocate

Wendy and Ron Bell
Michele and Pat Boushka
Ginny and Charles Brewer
Chick-fil-A
Ana Maria and Mark Gordon
GPS Hospitality
Jeri Moran and Shaun Rawls
Susan and David Nethero
Beth and David Park
Suzanne and Bill Plybon
Rockefeller Capital Management - The Epperson Group
Tanvi Shah and Macky Pannu
SunTrust Banks, Inc
Oksana and Kirill Tatarinov
Jenn Weizenecker
Melody Wilder Wilson and David Wilson

Patron

Roohi and Yaseen Abubaker
Meg and Jeff Arnold
Wendy and Neal Aronson
Kimberly and Brett Bartlett
Gail and Richard Bass
Wendy and Brandon Bennett
Hansa Bhargava and Sandeep Yadav
Margaret and Hartley Caldwell
Claudia and Jon Carroll
CentreSpringMD
Anne and Steve Collins
Barbarella and Rene Diaz
Bridget and Emmett Doerr
Laura Doerr and Eric DeKeyser
Uchenna Ekuma-Nkama
Michele and Ben Garren
Susan and Jim Hannan
Harrison Design
Craig Hauben
Andrea and Boland Jones
Betsy and Haig Kazazian
Sarah and Jason Kilpatrick
Elizabeth and Michael Klump
Priti and Nick Lakha
Kelly Theresa and David Linton
Catherine and Bentley Long
Joanie and Ed Michaels
Jeri Moran and Shaun Rawls
Mosaic Management
Donna and Fernando Nasmyth
Anna and Richard Paré
Claire Parker and Ibrez Bandukwala
Lisa and Duane Parkin
Denise and Jim Poole
Liz Price and Rick Blumen
Christine and Bill Ragland
Vandana Ramaswamy and Joon Ahn
Cathy and Scott Rhodes
Eliane and Stephen Rosenberg
Duhi and Mac Schneider
Steven Scott
Sara and John Shlesinger
Michelle and Stephen Sullivan
Sandra Teepen
Ted Turner
USI Insurance Services
Leslie and David Wierman
Suzi and Reid Zeising