Stars from THE LION KING, KINKY BOOTS Set for UNICEF Snowflake Lighting Ceremony
"Participating in Broadway Kids Care and the UNICEF Snowflake lighting ceremony is an honor. It is amazing that we have the opportunity to help light up many lives during this holiday season. For us, the stage brings us light. For the families of UNICEF, events like this bring light to them and the organization," said ten-year old Kaci Walfall.
Festivities will begin at 6:00 p.m. at the storefront of Bergdorf Goodman at 57th Street and Fifth Avenue with the official Bergdorf Goodman Holiday Window Reveal and the lighting of the UNICEF Snowflake at 6:25 p.m. Visitors will enjoy free entertainment with a special performance by the Broadway Kids Care, while the streets will be are ripe with photo opportunities with the striking new holiday windows.
The UNICEF Snowflake, donated by the Stonbely family, has become an iconic fixture in New York City during the holiday season. It was handcrafted by German lighting designer Ingo Maurer and is adorned with 16,000 Baccarat crystal prisms. At 23 feet in diameter, over 28 feet in height and weighing 3,300 pounds, the UNICEF Snowflake is the largest outdoor chandelier of its kind. The UNICEF Snowflake will be illuminated for the entire holiday season.
About UNICEF - UNICEF has saved more children's lives than any other humanitarian organization in the world. Working in over 150 countries, UNICEF provides children with health care, clean water, nutrition, education, emergency relief, and more. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports UNICEF's work through fundraising, advocacy, and education in the United States.
UNICEF is at the forefront of efforts to reduce child mortality worldwide. There has been substantial progress -- the annual number of under-five deaths dropped from 13 million in 1990 to 8.8 million in 2008. But still, 24,000 children die each day from preventable causes. Our mission is to do whatever it takes to make that number zero by giving children the essentials for a safe and healthy childhood. For more information, visit www.unicefusa.org.
About BKC - Broadway Kids Care (BKC), founded by Louis and Kelly Gonda, brings together young actors from current and past Broadway shows to do community service work. BKC serves the New York community by providing opportunities to the young actors to give of themselves from an early age to be philanthropic. BKC offers its members the chance to learn more about leadership and philanthropy while carrying out BKC's mission and form long-lasting friendships with fellow performers who have come together with a shared purpose.