Friends of UNICEF’s Special Anniversary Gala

ANNIVERSARIES AS THEY SHOULD BE

For its second UNICEF Gala, the Friends of UNICEF Committee’s dedicated team had three goals: To host a benefit evening commensurate with the spectacular inaugural edition the year previous, go the extra mile in honour of the outstanding humanitarian organization’s special 70th anniversary (marked in December 2016) and, most importantly, continue to lend invaluable support to the organization that has made children in crisis its number one priority since inception, saving more children around the world than any other humanitarian organization on the planet. Mission accomplished. Committee founder / event co-chair BITA CATTELAN, co-chair, celeb chef ANTONIO PARK and their dream team, including proud presenting sponsor MONTBLANC, masterminded an evening of glamour and elegance at the Ritz-Carlton Montreal, that rapidly emerged as one of the hottest tickets in town, doing the anniversary mega justice, while generating invaluable funds for the organization. It was also the optimal backdrop for MONTBLANC to launch its magnificent new Montblanc for UNICEF collection in Canada, contributing a portion of all sales to the organization (North America president SYLVAIN COSTOF gave a beautiful address). Impressive doesn’t begin to cut it …. UNICEF Canada president/CEO DAVID MORLEY, and Ambassadors KARINA LEBLANC and SOLANGE TUYISHIME were over the moon. For your party pleasure, the exclusive photos, courtesy of celebrity photographer, GEORGE PIMENTEL, who jetted in especially for the occasion:

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MONTBLANC MAGIC: Montblanc North America vice president marketing FLORENT DUBIEZ, MONTBLANC North America president SYLVAIN COSTOF, chair BITA CATTELAN, UNICEF Canada president/CEO DAVID MORLEY, and Bita’s husband, PAOLO CATTELAN, vice-president SNC Lavalin.

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DRIVING THE NIGHT: Committee members KATIA PICCOLINO (Ritz-Carlton Montreal), ROBERTO REINO (Christofle), ANCA SIRBU (Air Canada), co-chair BITA CATTELAN, JEAN-PIERRE PRIMIANI (Opera de Montreal), JULIE-ANNE COYLE (Chubb), SANDRINE BOHBOT (Montblanc Montreal), ANNA ROMA (Phi Centre), and actor MARTIN WATIER. Missing: JANE POTAPOVA (DAC Jet International), ANA ASLANIAN.

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ADORBS! DAC Aviation International founder /chair EMMANUEL ANASSIS and KAREN BEAUCHAMP.

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AMBASSADORIAL CHIC: UNICEF Canada ambassadors KARINA LEBLANC and SOLANGE TUYISHIME.

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BROMANCERS FOREVER: Personality HERBY MOREAU, former pro hockey player PATRICE BRISEBOIS.

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LUCKY ME: Marketing whiz NATHALIE DESHAIES, creative maestro DICK WALSH, Diary’s JENN CAMPBELL (yes shorn lol!).

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BLUE IS THE NEW BLACK: Diary’s JENN CAMPBELL goes short and takes on colour! 😉

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GORGEOUS X 2: STEF VENDRYES and husband FREEWAY FRANK.

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VIP TRIO: Ritz-Carlton MTL tops ANDREW TORRIANI, wife ARLENE TORRIANI, Montblanc North America president SYLVAIN COSTOF.

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FOREVER FAB! COLLEEN WICHA, husband Haivision president MIRKO WICHA.

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CLOUT COUPLE: Developer ROSARIO CAMPANELLA, wife Ritz-Carlton Montreal PR director KATIA PICCOLINO.

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PRETTY & POWERFUL: The Ritz-Carlton Montreal’s KATIA PICCOLO, MONTBLANC’s SANDRINE BOHBOT.

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CREATIVE CORNER: Actress CLAUDIA FERRI, personality HERBY MOREAU.

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PERFECT COLLAB: UNICEF Canada president/CEO DAVID MORLEY, chair/ event founder BITA CATTELAN.

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ANCHORS ON BOARD! MITSUMI TAKAHASHI and husband MICHEL CAYER.

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CATTELANS ON SCENE!

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HEARTS PARTOUT! Montblanc’s SANDRINE BOHBOT, Phi Centre’s ANA ROMA, CHUBB’s JULIE-ANNE COYLE.

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CATERING PERFECTION.

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SOULMATE TERRITORY: Chair BITA CATTELAN, husband PAOLO CATTELAN.

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OSM MASTERS.

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RED HOT POWER GALS: NATASHA GARGIULO,  MADDY K.

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AM MAESTROS: Virgin Radio’s NATASGA GARGIULO and FREEWAY FRANK.

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TEDDY TALK: MONTBLANC North America president SYLVAN COSTOF, UNICEF  ambassador KARINA LEBLANC, UNICEF Canada tops DAVID MORLEY.

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FOOD GUYS WITH BEARS: Ritz-Carlton souschef SEBASTIEN BEAULAC, event co-chair, celeb chef ANTONIO PARK, Ritz-Carlton executive chef JOHNNY PORTE.

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THE CANADIAN DEBUT: MONTBLANC for UNICEF Collection.

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THE CANADIAN DEBUT: MONTBLANC for UNICEF Collection.