Press Release Source: U.S. Fund for UNICEF
Angela Bassett, Alyssa Milano, Isabella Rossellini, Liv Tyler and Courtney B. Vance Appointed National Ambassadors For The U.S. Fund For UNICEF
Tuesday November 18, 1:42 pm ET
Stars Join Legacy of Entertainment Luminaries Including Recently Appointed Goodwill Ambassadors Whoopi Goldberg, Jessica Lange, Ricky Martin and Shakira to Help Children Around the World
NEW YORK, Nov. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- UNICEF started another chapter in its 50 year legacy of working with celebrities today when it announced the appointment of Angela Bassett, Alyssa Milano, Isabella Rossellini, Liv Tyler and Courtney B. Vance as National
In their new roles, these widely-known figures will use their talents, fame and deep interest in children's issues to fundraise, educate and advocate in support of UNICEF's mission to ensure every child's right to health, education, equality and protection. As official national representatives of UNICEF, they will each focus on specific fields of interest, dedicating their time and energy to further UNICEF's work and enhance partnerships.
These five extraordinary individuals join a distinguished roster of beloved celebrities who have aligned themselves with UNICEF. Through the years, entertainment luminaries such as Danny Kaye, Audrey Hepburn and George Harrison have lent their stature to UNICEF and today there are more than 100 stars of stage, screen, music, sports and literature devoted to advancing UNICEF's work for children around the world.
"UNICEF has been embraced by celebrities ever since Danny Kaye used his star power to benefit children when he was named UNICEF's first Goodwill Ambassador 50 years ago," said Charles J. Lyons, president of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. "Angela, Alyssa, Isabella, Liv and Courtney have each been chosen for these posts based on their compassion, societal contributions and proven commitment to helping children. The generosity of time, talent and spirit of these greatly admired individuals is vital to the work UNICEF does and I know their impact will be significant in the lives of children around the world."
In addition to these new, outstanding National Ambassadors, Whoopi Goldberg, Jessica Lange, Ricky Martin and Shakira have been appointed global Goodwill Ambassadors by UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy. UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors are internationally known personalities who are dedicated to mobilizing support for children among the general public and/or governments. They demonstrate leadership in their professions and serve as positive role models through their global work on UNICEF campaigns and events.
From George Harrison and Ravi Shankar, whose Concert for Bangladesh marked the first time musicians collaborated for a common humanitarian cause; to the numerous trips made to impoverished countries by Audrey Hepburn; to Sarah Jessica Parker encouraging America's kids to Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF; and TV specials featuring Barbra Streisand, Julie Andrews, Richard Burton and Shirley MacLaine, celebrities have helped to bring the faces and stories of the world's children to people everywhere -- bringing UNICEF's mission to millions.
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 which helps UNICEF provide 120 million children in developing nation's access to quality basic education, including the skills and knowledge they need to survive.
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 http://www.unicefusa.org or call 1-800-4UNICEF.
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