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UNICEF Gala Boston raises $1.2 million, honors Bryan Rafanelli

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - MAY 23: Honoree, ChildrenÕs Champion Award recipient, Event Designer, New England Board Bryan Rafanelli and CEO & President, UNICEF USA Caryl M. Stern attend 15th Annual UNICEF Gala Boston 2019 at The Castle at Park Plaza on May 23, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Paul Marotta/Getty Images for UNICEF)
Photo by Paul Marotta/Getty Images for UNICEF
Caryl M. Stern and Bryan Rafanelli attend 15th Annual UNICEF Gala Boston 2019 at The Castle at Park Plaza on May 23, 2019.

More than 300 guests attended the 15th annual UNICEF Gala Boston at The Castle at Park Plaza on Thursday. The event raised more than $1.2 million, a record high for the gala, which will go toward UNICEF’s global mission to help children.

Bryan Rafanelli, of Rafanelli Events, received the Children’s Champion Award in honor of his work with UNICEF over the years. Boston Globe managing director and gala committee member Linda Pizzuti Henry presented the award to Rafanelli. UNICEF USA’s president and CEO, Caryl M. Stern, and New England Regional Office managing director Matthew Bane both spoke at the gala.

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