Going Once, Going Twice!

We are thrilled to share the Live Auction packages for this year's UNICEF Audrey Hepburn® Society Ball! While each of the below packages are scheduled to be included in the Live Auction on Wednesday, May 24th at the gala to raise funding for UNICEF's work, you also have the opportunity to place a proxy bid or "buy it now" to remove it from inclusion at the gala. For "buy it now" pricing or for more information about these extraordinary packages, please contact Lisa LaGrone at llagrone@unicefusa.org or 832-463-2428. Thank you for your support! 


CUSTOM VICTOR COSTA GOWN
Win a customized gown by internationally-renowned fashion icon Victor Costa.  A Houston native, Victor’s designs have been featured by retailers around the world and worn by some of Victor's very high profile clients, including Penelope Cruz, Meryl Streep, Joan Crawford, several First Ladies, and countless more. The winner will receive a one hour design consultation with Victor where he will sketch the perfect design for you, followed by a viewing of colored sketches, fabric swatches, and trim. Yes, you can keep Victor's original sketch of the design you select! You'll then receive three fittings, and then as they say in grand Paris, "voila," the gown will be delivered to your door. Victor is an admired icon in the fashion industry known for his expertise in imitating the work of some of the world’s greatest designers. His ability to excel in both couture and ready-to-wear fashions is a complex and masterful talent. You will be the envy of everyone in your original Victor Costa gown!

Victor and Miwa have donated their time and talents for the package. The cost of fabric will be covered up to $1,000. This opportunity is PRICELESS.  Please arrange the first sketch with Victor no later than July 2017. Package valid for one year. Please note that the time it takes to fabricate the gown may vary between 1 to 6 months


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SAKS FIFTH AVENUE EARRINGS
You have the opportunity to take home with you tonight some truly remarkable jewelry, courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue and Nini Jewels. Using only the finest and rarest beautiful stones, Nini has created this gorgeous pair of earrings from the “Royale Collection” inspired by the King Crown Jewels. 4 beautiful Brazilian cabochon blue topaz weighing 47.01 carats. The pieces are accented with 16 green tsvorite weighing 3.19 carats, all hand set in 18 karat yellow gold.

Nini Jewels are artfully created by designer Nini Hale, a third-generation designer with an inspired passion for elegance andevoted appreciation for her Thai heritage.  


Exclusive Performance by Grammy Award® winner Ana María Martínez

Graciously hosted by Marie and Dr. W.E. “Ed” Bosarge at Chateau Carnarvon, Houston

On Saturday, October 7, 2017, enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to invite your dearest friends to a private performance by one of the foremost sopranos of her time, Grammy Award® winner Ana María Martínez.  With a repertoire that encompasses opera’s most intriguing and diverse leading ladies, Ana María Martínez engages her audiences season after season with signature roles, spellbinding debuts, and a myriad of captivating recordings.  Her performance at the Gala follows her performances as the title role in Carmen with the Los Angeles Opera.

The evening begins with an intimate concert performance by Ana María Martínez in the elegant Versailles room at Chateau Carnarvon.  Following the performance, Ms. Martínez will join you for a seated dinner catered by Tony’s. You will also have the opportunity to engage in conversation with this exceptional artist.  The palatial residence is exquisite, with architecture reminiscent of the Palace of Versailles.

Your package includes:

•      Private concert at Chateau Carnarvon featuring Ana María Martínez

•      Seated dinner catered by Tony’s including conversation with the artist   herself.

This rare opportunity will be available tonight for only four lucky winners.  The tables will be sold for $15,000 each and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Winners will then have the chance to build their tables of 10 for this not-to-be-missed night!