On January 12, 2016, hundreds of Los Angeles notables came together to celebrate UNICEF’s work for children at the sixth biennial UNICEF Ball at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel. UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham and University of Southern California President C. L. Max Nikias were honored for their extraordinary commitment to put children first. Under the leadership of Southern California Regional Board Chair, Ghada Irani, the black-tie gala raised over $2.5 million for UNICEF’s lifesaving programs for children. The evening featured a live performance by multi-Grammy Award winner Mariah Carey and was emceed by UNICEF Ambassador Angie Harmon. The majority of the proceeds from the live auction will benefit 7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund – an initiative launched by David Beckham as a personal commitment to help the children around the world who need it most. Presented by Louis Vuitton, the UNICEF Ball marked the launch of LOUIS VUITTON for UNICEF, a global partnership between the humanitarian organization for children and the luxury fashion house to help support children affected by conflict, disease, natural disasters, and other situations that threaten their safety and well-being.*

UNICEF Ambassadors Alyssa Milano and Selena Gomez, UNICEF Supporters Heidi Klum, Laura Marano and Jesse Metcalfe, Camilla Belle, Kim Chandler, Brooke Burke-Charvet, David Charvet, David Foster, Don Johnson, Miranda Kerr, Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany, Nicole Kidman, Michelle Rodriguez, Patrick Demarchelier, Doona Bae, Xavier Dolan, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Carina Lau, Tao Okamoto, Cara Santana and Léa Seydoux were in attendance. Gala attendees shared their promise to help support the world’s children with a pinky promise in a photo studio hosted by Louis Vuitton and shot by renowned photographer Patrick Demarchelier. The photos have been shared globally on social media, using #MAKEAPROMISE to encourage people to join Louis Vuitton in its support for UNICEF’s work for children. 

David Beckham was presented with the Danny Kaye Humanitarian Leadership Award for his tireless work to save and improve the lives of children around the world. In addition to serving as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 2005 and launching 7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund, Beckham urged world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly in September 2015 to put the most disadvantaged children at the center of all decisions and investments in the new 15-year development agenda. He also supported UNICEF’s fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone in 2014 and efforts to aid children affected by the devastating 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Beckham has traveled extensively with UNICEF to Cambodia, the Philippines, South Africa and Sierra Leone to help raise funds and awareness for UNICEF programs providing child protection, health and emergency relief for vulnerable children.

President of the University of Southern California C. L. Max Nikias was honored with the Spirit of Compassion Award for his work shaping the minds of a generation of students to be philanthropic, globally minded, and informed of the issues that are affecting the world's children. A lifelong champion of education, Nikias has expanded USC’s youth outreach programs including its flagship Neighborhood Academic Initiative, a six-year college preparation program, broadened the university’s international presence and the diversity of the student body, and implemented a number of initiatives that promote global citizenship. He encourages student giving and volunteering through a wide spectrum of university service programs that address issues like hunger, homelessness and youth literacy.

Since its debut in 2005, the UNICEF Ball has raised more than $7 million to help UNICEF provide children in need with health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more. 

January 12, 2016

The Beverly Wilshire Hotel

Beverly Hills, CA


6:30 – 7:30 PM

7:30 – 10:00 PM
Dinner and Program

Black Tie


Spirit of Compassion Award

C. L. Max Nikias

President of the University of Southern California

The Danny Kaye Humanitarian Leadership Award

David Beckham

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador

Mariah Carey

Headline Performer by
Multi-GRAMMY® Award Winner           

Gala Chairs

Wallis Annenberg

Rachelle and Tom Barrack

Robert Day

Ghada and Ray Irani

Tamar and Bob Manoukian

William McMorrow

Lori and Michael Milken

Alia and Ronald Tutor

Dinner Committee

Willow Bay

Angela Becker

Michael Burke

Megan and Peter Chernin

Sharon and Gray Davis

Susie Ekins

Joan and Larry Flax

Kaleen Lemmon Fogel

Jaime Jiménez

Jamie McCourt

Joyce Rey

Lionel Richie and Lisa Parigi

Edward P. Roski, Jr.

Corrine and Lenny Sands

Jennifer and Sylvester Stallone

Barbera Thornhill

Jina and Bruce Veaco





Tamar and Bob Manoukian



Annenberg Foundation

Rachelle and Tom Barrack

Robert Day

Ghada and Ray Irani

Kennedy Wilson

Lori and Michael Milken

Carrie Delaney Rhodes

Alia and Ronald Tutor

The Walt Disney Company



Joan and Aron Abecassis

The Ahmar Family Foundation

Sandy Edmonstone

Live Nation

Jamie McCourt

Linda Nanji

Joyce Rey

Edward P. Roski, Jr.

Jina and Bruce Veaco

Wailian Overseas Consulting Group



The Bascom Group, LLC

Angela Becker and Stuart Price

Sharon and Gray Davis

Susie Ekins

Leena and Talib Fakhri

Joan and Larry Flax

ICM Partners

JP Morgan Private Bank

Toni Ko Foundation

Lilly Lee and John D. Maatta

Dr. Asif Mahmood

Marketshare / Ellen and Jon Vein

Suzanne Marx and Dr. Gary Tearston

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Insu and James Nuzzi

Corrine and Lenny Sands Family Foundation

Drs. Akhil and Aparna Sharma

Showtime Networks Inc.

Jennifer and Sylvester Stallone

Target MarkeTeam

Weintraub Family Foundation

Leah Bishop and Gary Yale

Cheryl and Peter Zomber