Wednesday, December 2, 2015

L’Oréal Paris Hosts ‘Women of Worth’ 10th Anniversary Awards Gala

L’Oréal Paris 10th Annual Women of Worth Celebration at The Pierre on December 1, 2015 in New York City
Photo Credit: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

On Tuesday, Dec. 1, L’Oreal Paris celebrated the tenth anniversary of its annual program “Women of Worth” -- a philanthropic cause that champions inspiring women who are making a difference in communities across the country. The event was held at The Pierre in New York City. L’Oréal Paris leading ladies Julianne Moore, Karlie Kloss, Eva Longoria, Andie MacDowell, Frieda Pinto and Aimee Mullins were just some of the A-list celebrities who came out to celebrate … including Michael Bloomberg who made a surprise appearance.

Women of Worth embodies L’Oreal Paris’ iconic philosophy, “Because I’m Worth It,” and demonstrates the powerful connection between giving back and igniting a sense of self-worth. Over the last decade, the Women of Worth program has recognized over 90 women who find beauty in giving back -- selflessly, tirelessly and passionately volunteering their time and energy. This year’s ten new honorees each received $10,000 towards their respective organizations. Schinnell Leake was unveiled as this year’s National Honoree, selected via public vote, receiving an additional $25,000 towards her cause.

L'Oreal Paris Women of Worth 2015 Celebration – New York, NY – December 1: (L-R) Honorees Catherine Curry-Williams, SuEllen Fried, Elissa Davey, Jaha Dukureh, Schinnell Leake, Maria Rose Belding, President of L'Oreal Paris USA Karen T. Fondu, Kathy Koenigsdorf, Teri Kelsall, Alison O'Neil, and Melaney Smith pose onstage at the L'Oreal Paris Women of Worth 2015 Celebration - Inside at The Pierre Hotel on December 1, 2015 in New York City.
Photo Credit - Larry Busacca/Getty Images for L'Oreal Paris

L’Oréal Paris 2015 Women of Worth Honorees:

ALISON O’NEIL – Created the Beauty Becomes You Foundation, which provides a variety of cosmetic hygiene services for senior citizens who aren’t able to secure these services themselves.

CATHERINE CURRY-WILLIAMS – Founded Shane’s Inspiration, a nonprofit inspired by her son who was born with spinal muscular atrophy and died at just two weeks old.  Shane’s Inspiration helps build fully accessible playgrounds worldwide.

ELISSA DAVEY – Established Garden of Innocence that provides unidentified children with respectful, heartfelt ceremonies and burials.

JAHA DUKUREH – Having experienced the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM), Dukureh founded Safe Hands for Girls, the only grassroots organization in the US working against FGM, providing at-risk girls a safe place to turn and educating communities about the dangers and consequences.

KATHY KOENIGSDORF – Created the Jake Koenigsdorf Foundation, which raises money for substance abusers who want help but can’t afford it, after her son died from a heroin overdose at 21 years old.

MARIA ROSE BELDING – Started the MEANS (Matching Excess and Need for Stability) Database, which allows food pantries and kitchens to quickly coordinate exchanges of excess food items before they spoil.

MELANEY SMITH – Founded Books for Keeps, an organization that works to improve children’s reading achievement by addressing barriers related to the accessibility and appeal of reading material.

*NATIONAL HONOREE* SCHINNELL LEAKE – Launched Extra-OrdinaryBirthdays to foster the feeling of confidence and self-worth that comes from putting a child in the spotlight for families living in shelters who would otherwise not have the means to celebrate.

SUELLEN FRIED – Created Reaching Out from Within, which sponsors self-help programs for inmates that enable them to become role models for non-violence while in correctional facilitates and productive family members and citizens upon return to their communities.

TERI KELSALL – Created The Jonas Project – named after her son, a Navy SEAL who was killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan – which helps entrepreneurial veterans develop formal business plans, obtain advice from mentors and seek angel investors for start-up capital.

1 comment:

  1. I wish there were more places like this, because it was simply too amazing for words. I came here with my boyfriend the other night, and it was absolutely fabulous. The use of wood throughout the venues in San Francisco adds a very warm and inviting feel to venue.