(PRWEB) January 24, 2013
Actress, multiplatinum recording artist, and fashion designer Selena Gomez hosted a concert benefiting the U.S. Fund for UNICEF on Saturday, January 19th at the Best Buy Theater in New York City. The third annual Acoustic Charity Concert hosted by Ms. Gomez, a UNICEF Ambassador and avid supporter of the organization, raised more than $ 150,000 to support UNICEFs programs that provide nutrition, clean water, medicine, education, and more to children worldwide.
I have worked with UNICEF since I was 17 years old, and Ive seen first-hand the results of their critical support for children all over the world. When I first started with the organization, 24,000 children died everyday of causes we can prevent, and that number has now been reduced to 19,000. Its amazing to see the progress and Im thrilled to help bring awareness to UNICEFs lifesaving work, said Ms. Gomez.
During her show, Ms. Gomez performed hits including Love You Like A Love Song, Naturally, and Who Says as well as fan favorite cover songs such as Britney Spears Hit Me Baby One More Time and Taylor Swifts I Knew You Were Trouble. The concert also featured performers Bridgit Mendler, Noah Guthrie, and Nat and Alex Wolff.
Ms. Gomez was appointed a UNICEF Ambassador in September 2009, and she has enthusiastically used her talents to advocate for the worlds most vulnerable children. In total, Ms. Gomezs three Acoustic Charity Concerts for UNICEF have raised nearly $ 400,000 for UNICEF programs worldwide.
Ms. Gomez recently attended the annual UNICEF Snowflake Ball in New York City where she auctioned off two backstage packages to her benefit concert for the highest bidders, raising $ 40,000 for UNICEF.
The United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF) works in 190 countries and territories to save and improve childrens lives, providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports UNICEFs work through fundraising, advocacy, and education in the United States. Together, we are working toward the day when ZERO children die from preventable causes and every child has a safe and healthy childhood. Visit unicefusa.org for more information.