Acclaimed Interior Designer and HGTV Star Vern Yip Appointed UNICEF Ambassador

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Vern Yip is appointed as UNICEF Ambassador and will light the UNICEF Snowflake.

As a long-time supporter of UNICEF, I'm thrilled to become an Ambassador. I'm excited to continue working with UNICEF to help children around the world overcome poverty, violence, disease and discrimination

The U.S. Fund for UNICEF today announced that HGTV star Vern Yip has been appointed a UNICEF Ambassador in the United States. As an Ambassador, Yip will help fundraise, educate and advocate in support of UNICEF’s mission to help reduce the number of daily preventable deaths of children, from 22,000 to zero.

“As a long-time supporter of UNICEF, I’m thrilled to become an Ambassador. I’m excited to continue working with UNICEF to help children around the world overcome poverty, violence, disease and discrimination,” said UNICEF Ambassador Vern Yip.

Yip joins a distinguished roster of beloved celebrities who have embraced UNICEF through the years, dating back to Danny Kaye and continuing today with stars such as Selena Gomez, Joel Madden, Dayle Haddon, Lucy Liu, Clay Aiken, Marcus Samuelsson, Alyssa Milano and Sarah Jessica Parker, among others.

“UNICEF Ambassadors share one common thread - they are committed to saving the lives of children worldwide,” said U.S. Fund for UNICEF President and CEO Caryl Stern. “Vern has demonstrated his commitment and we are excited to work with him in his new role. We’re looking forward to tapping Vern’s passion, talent and vision to help us in our efforts to reduce preventable deaths of children.”

Award-winning architectural and interior designer Yip has a long-standing history with UNICEF, including designing the 2009 UNICEF Snowflake Ball in New York. Once again, Yip will lend his sharp eye and design to the 2010 Snowflake Ball, taking place on Tuesday, November 30, 2010, at Cipriani in New York City.

Additionally, on the eve of Universal Children's Day, Thursday, November 18, 2010, UNICEF friends and supporters will join Yip to "flip the switch" and light the New York Snowflake at a commemorative lighting ceremony in front of The Peninsula Hotel in New York City.

About UNICEF
UNICEF has saved more children's lives than any other humanitarian organization in the world. Working in more than 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, 22,000 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 http://www.unicefusa.org.

For additional information, please contact:
Marci Greenberg, U.S. Fund for UNICEF, 212.922.2464
Lauren Monahan, U.S. Fund for UNICEF, 212.880.9136

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