“I have seen Katy's commitment to the causes she believes in firsthand,” she continued. “I've gotten to spend time with her and I know how deeply she cares about making our world a better place. She is serious about understanding the complex problems we face and pulling people together to solve them. We need champions like Katy now more than ever: her passion, her energy and, yes, her voice, louder than a lion.”
.@KatyPerry's Trump dig: via #UnicefSnowflake, "I've helped highlight the effects of climate change, which is real." https://t.co/iJ3y5vWCF1 pic.twitter.com/f9IqHk4Ld3
— Ashley Lee (@cashleelee) November 30, 2016
Perry, an ambassador for the organization since 2013 who also raised over $1 million for UNICEF through her most recent world tour, jokingly asked the ballroom, “Does anyone have a tissue?” And as Clinton exited the space with her security detail, Perry told her, “I've always had a voice – a singing voice – but I've never had a voice like I've had before. Hillary has lit that voice inside of me, and that light will never go out, it will continue to get brighter and brighter and brighter. Thank you Hillary. You motivate me and so many millions of people.”
Like Clinton, Perry also included a subtle dig at Donald Trump: "Even though I've only been on a few field visits, I'm happy I've helped highlight the effects of climate change, which is real."
Octavia Spencer hosted the event, also attended by Allison Williams, Tea Leoni, Maggie Q, Orlando Bloom, Tamron Hall and Kyle Maclachlan, among others. The gala dinner included performances by Sara Bareilles and the cast of The Color Purple.
More to come.