Decor by Rafanelli Events at the 2016 UNICEF Children's Champion Award Dinner. Photo credit: Michael Blanchard for U.S. Fund for UNICEF.

On May 23, 2019 the New England Regional office of UNICEF USA hosted the Fifteenth Annual UNICEF Gala Boston at The Castle. Chaired by Kate Brizius and Kerry Swords, the evening celebrated UNICEF’s work and honored Bryan Rafanelli with the UNICEF Children’s Champion Award for his work with UNICEF USA and commitment to making the world a better place for children. Thanks to the leadership of the event co-chairs, along with the Gala committee and New England Regional Board, nearly $1.3 million was raised - a new record for the Gala.

The UNICEF Gala Boston is a one-of-a-kind evening of UNICEF's work in over 190 countries as well as a tribute to the outstanding humanitarian leaders who make our work possible.  Since its inception, the event has honored remarkable individuals and raised over $10 million for UNICEF’s work to save and improve children’s lives around the world.

The UNICEF Children’s Champion Award has been presented to notable philanthropists including Nelson Mandela, Queen Noor, Princess Caroline, David Ortiz, the Boston Celtics, Sting & Trudie Styler, Lauren Bush Lauren & David Lauren, Heidi Klum, Pedro & Carolina Martinez, Yo-Yo Ma, Lawrence O’Donnell, and Bryan Rafanelli.

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Bryan Rafanelli


Kate Brizius
Kerry Swords


Alli Achtmeyer
Brenda Bancel
RoAnn Costin
Gitika Marathay Desai
Annalisa Di Palma
Barbara Eisenson
Courtney Forrester
Christine Hayward
Linda Henry
Jeannette Hsu-McSweeney
Yuko Hunt
Barrie Landry
Brianna Lawless

Susan Littlefield
Sharon Malt
Margaret McNeill
Kaia Miller Goldstein
Erin Moskun
Mahsa Noble
Jeryl Oristaglio
Tiffany Ortiz
Patty Ribakoff
Gail Roberts
Esmeralda Swartz
Mark Walsh
Simone Winston


Alli and Bill Achtmeyer
Barbara and Michael Eisenson
The Landry Family Foundation
Kerry and Brendan Swords


Michelle and Bob Atchinson
Kate and Chuck Brizius
Gitika Marathay Desai and Amit Desai
Deirdre Giblin and David DuBard
David and Tracey Frankel
Yuko Kageyama Hunt and Bill Hunt
Barbara Jordan and Bob Pemberton
Michele and Howard Kessler
Leonard A. Lauder
Susan Littlefield and Martin Roper
Kaia Miller Goldstein and Jonathan Goldstein
Bryan Rafanelli and Mark Walsh
Rafanelli Events


Amy and David Abrams
Alchemy Foundation
Stephane and Brenda Bancel
Greg Connors
RoAnn Costin
Fotene Demoulas and Tom Cote
Annalisa and Dino Di Palma
Susan Luick Good and Fred Good
Christine and Scott Hayward
John W. Henry Family Foundation 
Jeannette Hsu-McSweeney and Todd McSweeney
Mass General and MassGeneral Hospital for Children
Margaret and Brian McNeill
Erin and James Moskun
The Oristaglio Family
Tiffany Ortiz
Patty and Charles Ribakoff
Gail Roberts
Luly and Maurice Samuels
Barbara and Edward Shapiro
Esmeralda and Scott Swartz
Roberta and Stephen R. Weiner Family Foundation
Melissa Weiner Janfaza and Andrew Janfaza
Rita and Adam J. Weiner


Allie and Mark Allyn
Ansara Family Fund at the Boston Foundation
Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation
Randi and Joel Cutler 
Beth Floor
Courtney and Michael Forrester
Janet and Allan Green
Darlene and Jerry Jordan
Herb and Deborah Magid
Sharon and Brad Malt
Sharon and Brian McNally
Daniel Mullin
On the Move Entertainment
Laura and Bob Peabody
Elaine Schuster


MAX Ultimate Food
PEAK Event Services
Port Lighting Systems


AVFX, Inc.


Winston Flowers


As of April 26, 2019