Saturday, November 15, 2014



Do you remember the orange cardboard boxes carried by goblins and ghosts and cowgirls who were trick or treating on Halloween?  All the money collected went to save the lives of children around the world, to provide vaccines, emergency disaster relief and educational opportunities like School-in-a-Box kits and much more.  In the name of UNICEF, the United Nations Children's Fund, chidren's lives have been saved since the organization was created more than 65 years ago to provide aid after World War II.

Way back in 1950, a group of school children in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania donated $17 at Halloween to this worthy cause.  Since then Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF has filled coffers of over $157 million in the United States alone and is still going strong.

You have the unique opportunity to learn more about this distinguished team effort when Caryl Stern, the President and CEO of the U. S. Fund for UNICEF delivers the Jacoby-Lunin Humanitarian Lecture, "I Believe in Zero: Learning from the World's Children."  The lecture will be held at the Regina Quick Center on the campus of Fairfield University on Wednesday, November 14 at 8 p.m.

Stern, who has been an advocate for children and a civil rights activist for more than three decades, will speak about her mission to reduce the number of preventable deaths of kids under the age of 5 from 19,000 every day to zero.  She will also address efforts to stop Ebola for children  who are its most vulnerable victims.  Statistics say that nearly 5000 people have died from this devastating disease since March, with 3700 children orphaned as a result.

Stern has written a book that is also the title of her talk.  For tickets ($45), call the Quick Center at 203-254-4010 or 1-877-ARTS-396, or go online to

Let Caryl Stern take your hand to walk through crowds of needy children whose lives are improved and saved every day through the efforts of UNICEF.  Come share in the smiles of success.

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