Indo Americans at UNICEF Ball Lend a Helping Hand


Nat and Leela Krishnamurthy flank Margaret Alkek Williams and former First Lady Barbara Bush on the red carpet at the UNICEF Audrey Hepburn Society Ball before the start of the program.

HOUSTON: The U.S. Fund for UNICEF hosted the third annual UNICEF Audrey Hepburn® Society Ball on Friday, November 6 at the Hilton Americas Hotel, which raised funds to support UNICEF’s work to put children first. The event honored former First Lady Barbara Bush with the Margaret Alkek Williams Humanitarian Award for her commitment to furthering education and literacy, and for the tremendous impact she has made on the lives of countless children and their families.

Guests were welcomed by Caryl Stern, President & CEO U.S. Fund for UNICEF and then enjoyed dinner, a live auction and an exclusive performance by Grammy Award-Winning Artist, Faith Hill. Guests also had the opportunity to learn about UNICEF Inspired Gifts – real lifesaving gifts (mosquito nets, family water kits, etc) that UNICEF delivers straight to children who need them.

More than 400 guests attended and $820,000 was raised through tickets and tables, Inspired Gift sales, and a live auction, which is more than has been raised at any other UNICEF Audrey Hepburn Society Ball. The event was presented by sponsors Gallery Furniture and Tenenbaum Classic Jewelers.

Notable attendees included Margaret Alkek Williams, Lee Majors, Bill King, Pierce Bush, Joanne King Herring, Molly and Jim Crownover, Beth Madison, Penny Loyd, Rosanette Cullen, Lynn Wyatt, Mica Mosbacher, among others; and from the Indo American community Gala Chairs Gina and Devinder Bhatia and Nidhika and Pershant Mehta, and Program Chairs Leela and Nat Krishnamurthy.

Faith Hill donned a dress by Texas designer Lela Rose on the red carpet and wore Andrew Gn during her performance, where she sang hit songs including “Breathe”, “There You’ll Be” and “Amazing Grace”.

Auction packages included a Bulgari Luxurious Jeweled Voyage to be the special guest of Bulgari on a three night trip to Rome, Italy, and a Tenenbaum Classic Jewelers Package of a double-strand of South Sea pearls and complimenting South Sea pearl and diamond earrings.