Smiling faces filled the ornate hall of Cipriani Wall Street in lower Manhattan where the 9th annual United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Snowflake Ball encouraged their notable guests to open up their hearts and check books to children in need on Dec. 3, 2013.
UNICEF started the Snowflake Ball in 2005 to raise money for its programs.Ingo Maurer designed the snowflake that was created 9 years ago with 16,000 crystal prisms from the Baccarat Crystal manufacturer. It was then donated to UNICEF as a symbol of a campaign to prevent the deaths of 6.6 million children, who succumb to preventable diseases every year.
The ball itself has raised more than $18 million over the years.
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