Inside UNICEF Snowflake Ball: How Katy Perry Stole the Show

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Katy Perry wows with her performance. (Getty)

It was certainly a #GivingTuesday at the UNICEF Snowflake Ball on Tuesday evening at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City, where stars turned out in droves to support the charity's "belief in zero" efforts to end the preventable deaths of children.

UNICEF Ambassadors Angie Harmon, Danny Glover, Téa Leoni, and former ambassador Katie Couric were all in attendance, as well as Katy Perry, Christina Ricci, Bryant Gumbel, Audrey Hepburn's son Luca Dotti, Jenna Bush Hager and Henry Hager, Mark Consuelos, Kyle MacLachlan, Tyson Chandler, and more.

Perry, who was named UNICEF's newest Goodwill Ambassador at the event, stunned in a burgundy, velvet Naeem Khan gown on the red carpet, but changed into a glittering gold Michael Kors number to perform her hit single "Unconditionally," which she said was inspired by a UNICEF trip she took to Madagascar.

"I believe young people have the power to change their own lives, with our help," the 29-year-old songstress said of her new role. "I am honored to join UNICEF as a Goodwill Ambassador, and committed to doing everything I can to help children and adolescents who come from such different backgrounds but want the same thing: a brighter future."

The "Prism" singer's gown wasn't the only thing that sparkled! The stunning ballroom designed by HGTV star Vern Yip showcased 18,000 snowflakes hanging from the ceiling, which represented the 18,000 children dying every day from preventable causes.

"When I started with UNICEF, there were 26,000 children a day dying needlessly, and that was about five years ago. I've seen that number creep down every year, thank goodness, but we believe in zero. We will not stop until that 18,000 is zero," Yip explained. "It's so much more than just creating a pretty room. It is about creating a room that makes a statement on behalf of the children."

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Jenna Bush Hager pulls in Tea Leoni for a hug! (Getty)

In lieu of floral centerpieces, tables in the ballroom were decorated with hurricane vases "emblazoned with faces of children from around the world that UNICEF has helped," which Yip hoped would be a reminder of the good work UNICEF does.

Guests were treated to a dinner designed by UNICEF Ambassador Marcus Samuelsson and "Chopped" judge Amanda Freitag, and munched on squash salad with pepitas, seasonal roasted vegetables, steak, and a pumpkin and pomegranate cake à la mode.

It was a festive night with stars chatting excitedly with one another. "Today" show correspondent Jenna Bush Hager was overheard telling New York Knicks basketball player Chandler and his wife that while she likes raising her newborn baby, Mila, in New York City, she thinks it might be much more difficult as she gets older. They shared a laugh about the intensity of the city life.

Couric, who just joined Yahoo, joked that she was "ready for her scotch" as she chatted with omg! and introduced her fiancée, John Molner.

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Katie Couric and John Molner (right) and Danny Glover and his wife (left) both posed inside the event. (Getty)

Meanwhile Danny Glover, who was honored with the Humanitarian Award, told reporters he was thrilled to share the evening with his wife, Eliane Cavalleiro, whom he said is the "best Christmas present every day of the year."

Goodwill pals Téa Leoni and Angie Harmon were spotted snapping photos on their phones together, while designer Prabal Gurung worked the room chatting with celebs and attendees.

The A-list evening was certainly a success and UNICEF raised an impressive amount of money for their many projects.

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The 18,000 snowflakes sparkled in the room. (Getty)

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