The 11th annual UNICEF Snowflake Ball was held last night at (where else?) Cipriani Wall Street, with top honors going to (the ridiculously good looking in person) Orlando Bloom, HSNi CEO Mindy Grossman, and UNICEF’s COO and CFO Edward G. Lloyd. The event, which raised an astounding $3.4 million, was hosted by Debi Mazar (wearing Isabel Toldeo) with Gillian Miniter (wearing custom Marc Bouwer) and Moll Anderson serving as gala co-chair. Supporting the children’s charity, which works in more than 190 countries and territories, were Padma Lakshmi, Téa Leoni, Michelle Monaghan, Katie Couric, Naeem Khan, Michelle Smith, Patina Miller, Hal Rubenstein, Marc Rozic, Mia Moretti, and (based on cheers) a large contingent of the Mindy Grossman fan club, including Iris Apfel.
Bloom, (who we reiterate is really, really good looking in person), has been working with UNICEF for a decade and received the Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award, presented by Liam Neeson. “I had the pleasure of playing Orlando’s father in a movie a few years ago, so he’s my boy,” Neeson said last night. “I have to say he has a beautiful soul. He gives quietly and [doesn’t] attract the spotlight, because giving fuels him. He gives in his craft and in this world. His romantic outlook on life isn’t an act. There’s a lot of depth, empathy, and understanding to Orlando Bloom. That’s what makes him a very fine actor and an even finer person. He’s a true humanitarian.”
The family affair continued with Grossman picking up her Spirit of Compassion award from her daughter and Lloyd praising his wife after receiving the Helenka Pantaleoni Humanitarian Award. The show stopper of the night (for us) was Pink (announced as UNICEF’s newest ambassador this week), who killed it singing live versions of “Who Knew.” “Perfect,” and a cover of Janis Joplin’s “Me and Bobby McGee.” ‘Twas a ball.
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