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Houston Lawyer Gregg Harrison Helps Support UNICEF

The Law Firm of Gregg Harrison always tries to give back when if comes to children and the less fortunate.   What a night it was, helping children of the world as 400 Houstonians gathered at the Post Oak Hotel for the sixth annual UNICEF Gala. The event, emceed by Great Day Houston host Deborah Duncan, celebrated UNICEF’s lifesaving work and honored Susan and Dan Boggio with the Helenka Pantaleoni Humanitarian Award.  Susan and Dan Boggio shared  passionate words of their life’s work around the globe helping children in need.   As friends of Susan and Dan put it – they not only open their wallets – they roll up their sleeves and dig deep in all parts of the world to help children change the course of their poverty.    Sue Smith and the late Lester Smith, were honored with the Margaret Alkek Williams Humanitarian Award. More than 400 guests attended,  breaking the $1,000,000 mark – a record breaking amount which will support UNICEF’s lifesaving work for children around the world.

Over the course of the evening, guests enjoyed remarks from Mayor Sylvester Turner and UNICEF USA CEO and President Caryl M. Stern.  The granddaughter of Helenka Pantaleoni (the founding director of UNICEF USA) – is none other than award winning actress Téa Leoni, (who happens to be a personal friend of Susan and Dan Boggio) – sending a gift presentation (bouquet of gold balloons) and personal video  to celebrate their commitment to UNICEF USA’s work over the years.  The gala featured a vibrant performance by The Garden State Guys performing a special tribute to Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons. UNICEF NextGen hosted a silent disco after party where everyone danced with multi color headphones …..and a delicious slider station!

Gala Chairs included Cheryl Byington, Mary Ann McKeithan, Beth Wolff and Hallie Vanderhider, who also served as the Lead Benefactor of the event.  Honorary Chairs included Shelly and Brian Hendry, Leela and Nat Krishnamurthy, Limor and Stuart Smith, Margaret Alkek Williams and Randa and Charles Williams. Anika Jackson and Catherine Clarke Murphy served as the NextGen Chairs.

As part of their longstanding commitment to UNICEF, the Boggios launched The Susan and Dan Boggio Fund for UNICEF – made possible by their leadership gift – to address child protection, education, ending trafficking, violence against girls, the Rohingya refugee crisis and expansion of UNICEF Kid Power in Houston. The Fund also includes a generous amount of unrestricted funding to offer UNICEF the flexibility that Susan and Dan value as essential in saving children’s lives.

The live auction did not disappoint – with packages included a week-long safari in Kenya, earrings from NINI Jewels and a pair of tickets to the Elton John Oscars Party for 2020.  There turned out to be a war of the paddles for the ELTON JOHN Oscar Party Tickets and the pair finally  went for a cool $87,500!  — The bidding was so exciting that the donor agreed to find two more tickets to match the $87,500 donation!   So  – the winner truly were the children of UNICEF who gained nearly $200,000 in matched funds.  In addition, UNICEF Kid Power got a boost with a generous $100,000 match from The Alkek and Williams Foundation.


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