UNICEF Ambassador and honoree Angie Harmon and her three daughters
Michael Bolton, Kelly Levesque
Margaret Alkek Williams, UNICEF's Barron Seger, honoree Rose Cullen
Dan & Susan Boggio, Southwest Region board chair
NextGen chair Ashley Turner, Mayor Sylvester Turner
Angie Harmon, NextGen chairs Karun & Nina Magnon
Penny Loyd, Margaret Alkek Williams, Susan Sarofim, Joanne King Herring
Nelson Bowman, managing director of the Southwest Region for UNICEF USA
Gala chairs Princess Tatiana Galitzine & Guillermo Sierra
Mayor Sylvester Turner, Angie Harmon, Michael Bolton
Gala chairs Rob & Amy Pierce
Michael Bolton on stage
Angie Harmon beams as her daughters introduce her
As the final black-tie event of the season, the fourth annual UNICEF Audrey Hepburn Society Ball brought the Houston social season to a glorious finale. With Michael Bolton on guitar, Angie Harmon taking bows and Mayor Sylvester Turner putting on the boxing gloves in the battle against human trafficking, the event was a smashing success.
The Marriott Marquis ballroom pulsated with social fervor thanks in no small part to honorees Rose and Harry Cullen and to gala award namesake Margaret Alkek Williams. Their lengthy side-by-side tables were populated with an impressive coterie of philanthropic, civic and social leadership including the mayor and his daughter Ashley Turner, Dr. Jim Willerson, Marie Bosarge, gala co-chairs Sofia Adrogué and Sten Gustafson, Pat Breen, Katie and Harry Cullen Jr., Kathy and Jody McCord and John and Becca Cason Thrash.
The Cullens were presented the Margaret Alkek Williams Humanitarian Award for their 30 years of UNICEF support and for their generous philanthropy across the city.
Recipient of the Spirit of Compassion Award, Harmon, a UNICEF Ambassador and End Trafficking spokeswoman was introduced by her three daughters, a loving intro that had the star of Rizzoli & Isles and Law & Order in tears.
“I’m honored to think of the words of Audrey Hepburn who said as you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands,” she said, “one that is for helping yourself and the other is for helping others.”
For his part Michael Bolton, ever handsome, ever talented, wowed the gathering of more than 450 with his gratis performance of “When a Man Loves a Woman” and “Stand by Me.” He was then joined on stage by Kelly Levesque for a spine-tingling duet of “The Prayer.”
The fast-paced program was deftly shepherded by emcee Deborah Duncan and included Nelson Bowman of the Southwest Region for UNICEF USA, regional board chair Susan Boggio, gala co-chair Amy Pierce, and Barron Segar, chief development officer and executive vice president of UNICEF USA.
The dashing Stephen Lewis ramped up the action as auctioneer capping the successful evening that raised close to $1 million.
Gala co-chairs taking bows for the success included Jerry Ann Woodfin Costa and Victor Costa, Amy and Rob Pierce, Princess Tatiana Galitzine and Guillermo Sierra. Honorary ball chairs were a who’s who of Houston including Molly and Jim Crownover, Karin and Sean Hepburn Ferrer, Princess Maria-Anna Galitzine and Prince Piotr Galitzine, Joanne King Herring, Sippi and Ajay Khurana, Penny and Paul Loyd, Beth Madison, and Susan and Fayez Sarofim.