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UNICEF Crystal Snowflake provides beacon of hope


The UNICEF Snowflake is a dazzling, illuminated crystal ornament that graces the intersection of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street in New York City and Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills each holiday season as a beacon of hope, peace and compassion for vulnerable children around the world.

This magnificant creation designed, engineered and entirely handcrafted by Ingo Maurer and his team in Germany, using 16,000 Baccarat crystal prisms. More than a symbol, the UNICEF Snowflake is the centerpiece of an ambitious campaign to raise millions of dollars in support of health, immunization, nutrition, clean water and sanitation, education and protection for children in developing nations.

Each year since 2004, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF has hosted the annual Snowflake Ball, presented by Baccarat, to celebrate the lighting of the UNICEF Snowflake and to honor those whose philanthropic commitments support its mission to advance humanity.