With aid groups in more than 150 countries, UNICEF works tirelessly everyday to improve the lives of children around the world -- even during the organization's annual Snowflake Ball. Hosted last night at Cirpiani's in Midtown, the black tie gala was set amongst decor designed by HGTV star Yern Yip. Yip used more than a half mile of common mosquito netting, a simple material greatly needed by millions of children, to create a light, delicate installation that swooped across the ceiling. After the gala, the netting is being auctioned off and will be made into 1,600 mosquito nets for UNICEF to donate to families in need.
In many poor nations, malaria is a principal cause of the death of underweight babies and children and premature births. While mosquito nets may seem like the simplest, most inexpensive of items to us, the cost, about $7 USD, is far out of reach for many families in African nations. The 1,600 nets that Yip’s design will create can save a lot of lives, and the money raised from the auction will also aid UNICEF’s work.
Yip, a professional designer for 18 years, says that mosquito netting has been the most meaningful of the unusual materials he’s worked with, and he’s excited to help remind all of those in attendance exactly how easy it is to make a tremendous difference. Last year, Yip was named a UNICEF Ambassador and for the 2010 gala, he created the decor using 21,000 twinkling lights, each of which represented a child who dies every day from a preventable cause.
The UNICEF Snowflake Ball celebrates the annual lighting of the UNICEF Snowflake and honors those who have made significant contributions to the organization’s mission.