Last night, marked the celebration of L’Oréal Paris’ Sixth Annual Women of Worth Awards.
Held in partnership with Hearst Magazines, the initaiative honored ten women for their endless volunteer efforts dedicated to a number of worthy and relevant social and philanthropic causes.
The annual event which took place at the Hearst Tower in New York City, was initially inspired by L’Oréal Paris’ iconic brand philosophy, “Because You’re Worth It.” Since its inception, the L’Oréal Paris Women of Worth program has recognized 60 women for their outstanding commitment to their causes.
The Women of Worth dinner, included an awards presentation hosted by Karen Fondu, President of L’Oréal Paris and Michael Clinton, President, Marketing & Publishing Director of Hearst Magazines. Other special guest presenters included L’Oréal Paris spokespeople Andie MacDowell, Julianna Margulies and Aimee Mullins. Gayle King, Nina Garcia and Katie Cassidy were there to present, as well. In attendace were also former Women of Worth honorees who helped ring in the sixth annual awards.
Honorees of 2011, were chosen by an esteemed group of judges including: Marc Speichert, Chief Marketing Officer of L’Oréal USA; Karen Fondu, President of L’Oréal Paris; Nathalie Kristo, Senior Vice President of Marketing for L’Oréal Paris; Jacqueline Hernandez, Chief Operating Officer of Telemundo Communications Group; Soledad O’Brien, CNN Anchor and Lisa Oz, President of Ozworks, a media and investment consulting company.
The selected honorees each received $10,000 for her charitable cause. In addition, a public vote took place on-line leading to a National Honoree being chosen and gifted with an additional $25,000 for her charity. Each Women of Worth honoree had a heartfelt story and commitment to their cause which made voting extremely difficult. By way of vote, the Women of Worth National Honoree of 2011 was Gretchen Holt Witt, the founder of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. Witt’s non-profit is committed to raising funds to support research for new and improved therapies for pediatric cancer.
This year’s Women of Worth honorees included:
- Ann Solorio Brownell – San Jose, CA; Founder of The Amanda Network, an organization dedicated to combating bullying and preventing the tragic suicide attempts of bullied victims.
- Cora White– Madison, WI; CEO, Board President and proud foster parent for the Foster Care Children and Family Fund, which provides a variety of services to support children in foster and out-of-home placement.
- Dr. Barbara Summey Marshall – Fayetteville, NC; Volunteer CEO at Steps & Stages: Women Veterans Resource Agency, Inc., a global non-profit agency dedicated to connecting transitioning female veterans and their families with necessary services and support.
- Gina Keatley– New York, NY; CEO and Director of Nutrition at Nourishing NYC/USA, a community food program that strives to provide “nutrition for all” in New York City and throughout America.
- Gretchen Holt Witt – Califon, NJ; Founder of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, a non-profit committed to raising funds to support research for new and improved therapies for pediatric cancer.
- Pilar Pinel– Long Beach, CA; Founder of Embracing Latina Leadership Alliances (ELLAS), an organization dedicated to the educational, professional and political advancement of Latina youth.
- Shanta Barton Stubbs– Orlando, FL; Founder of the New Image Youth Center, an educational and recreational safe haven for at-risk youth.
- Sheila Warnock– New York, NY; Co-author of Share The Care and Founder and President of ShareTheCaregiving, Inc., an organization that empowers people to pool their efforts in caregiving for family and friends.
- Stephanie M. Clark– Atlanta, GA; Founder and National Director for Project Single Moms Worldwide, Inc., a national advocacy and empowerment movement for single moms.
- Susan Munsey– San Diego, CA; CEO, Executive Director and “House Mom” of Generate Hope, an organization that provides a long-term recovery program for young women who have been sexually exploited.
For more information about the Women of Worth program, you can learn more by visiting, womenofworth.com.