Michael Douglas Honored at UNICEF’s Biennial Ball

Jan 18, 2014 at 1:07 pm |
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Michael Douglas & Matt Damon at UNICEF Ball

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Hollywood’s elite not only shine at award programs during awards season, but also at charity galas like UNICEF‘s biennial Ball. With Los Angeles still abuzz from the Golden Globes, celebrities gathered at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel to honor humanitarians whose support help make UNICEF’s lifesaving work possible. Emceeing the evening’s festivities was Matt Damon and Jerry Weintraub, along with performances by Kristin Chenoweth, Cheryl Burke and Val Chmerkovskiy.

One of the night’s big honorees was Michael Douglas who received the Danny Kaye Humanitarian Peace Award. On the red carpet Michael Douglas praised UNICEF for all they do and why he works with them. “It’s for children. And that triggers more than for anybody else, is that for kids who are malnourished, have no home, have no roof over their head, have no education. It [UNICEF] helps to support children worldwide, and it’s the future of the planet.” UNICEF works tirelessly to help make sure that in areas around the world where the human condition is harder and tougher that kids have a safe environment to be kids.

Tea Leoni is a huge advocate for UNICEF. Not only is she an ambassador for the organization but she is also on the National Board. When asked about donating to charities Leoni emphasized the importance of donating anywhere. However, she did suggest that with UNICEF you get “the most bang for your buck!” Leoni commented on how far UNICEF reaches across the globe. “We’re in a position where we can help more children on a greater scale than any other organization. UNICEF is present in over 150 countries and territories around the world,” said Leoni, “so when something like a crisis, a conflict, or a natural disaster we’re already in the country and that makes a very big difference. It puts us in a beautiful position to help organize efforts with our partners.”

UNICEF’s vision is that of a better world for children everywhere. See how you can help by donating or volunteering.

 

Hollywood’s elite not only shine at award programs during awards season, but also at charity galas like UNICEF’s biennial Ball. With Los Angeles still abuzz from the Golden Globes, celebrities gathered at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel to honor humanitarians whose support help make UNICEF’s lifesaving work possible. Emceeing the evening’s festivities was Matt Damon and Jerry Weintraub, along with performances by Kristin Chenoweth, Cheryl Burke and Val Chmerkovskiy.