Jennifer Lopez first became involved with UNICEF at Gucci‘s fundraiser in NYC for UNICEF’s Schools for Africa program in 2008. There Creative Directer or Gucci, Frida Gianni, raised $2.7 million dollars for the cause. Since, Gianni has worked to continue Gucci’s contribution to UNICEF’s efforts:
“Gucci’s new $1 million donation to UNICEF education programs in Malawi and Mozambique will support activities including constructing classrooms, equipping schools with play areas and clean water and proper sanitation facilities, and implementation of health, nutrition and hygiene programs.
As well as making US$ 250,000 of the US$ 1 million pledge in Jennifer Lopez’s name, Gucci is also donating $50,000 to her non-profit organization The Maribel Foundation, which is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of women and children, and raising the level of medical care available to them.”
This work has now been rewarded with the Women Of Compassion Award. UNICEF hosted the inaugural luncheon at the home of Colleen and Bradley Bell. Jennifer presented the two awards to Frida as well as Carrie Auer the UNICEF representative in Malawi. Jennifer looked great in a revealing outfit that showed her toned up, post-pregnancy shape. Honorary Event Chairs for the event included Mary J. Blige, Madonna, Rhianna, amongst many others.