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FASH-LANTHROPY: L’Oréal Paris Celebrates its Sixth Annual Women of Worth Awards and Announces National Honoree

December 9, 2011

True beauty and style really does start with a good and warm spirit.  Last night, while in attendance at the L’Oreal Paris Sixth Annual Women of Worth Awards Celebration at Hearst Plaza, I got a chance to learn about ten AMAZING women being honored regarding their philanthropic causes and commitment to their respective community.  Inspired by the L’Oréal Paris’ iconic brand philosophy, “Because You’re Worth It.”, each honoree was awarded $10,000 for their non-profit, with the chosen honoree being awarded an additional $25,000 for her charity.



President of L'Oreal Paris, Karen T. Fondu and the 2011 Women of Worth Honorees



The event featured an awards presentation hosted by Karen Fondu, president of L’Oréal Paris and Michael Clinton, president, marketing and publishing director of Hearst Magazines. Special guest presenters included L’Oréal Paris spokespeople Andie MacDowell, Julianna Margulies and Aimee Mullins, as well as Gayle King, Nina Garcia and Katie Cassidy. Former Women of Worth honorees were also invited to ring in the sixth annual awards.



Presenters of Ceremony (left to right): Nathalie Kristo, SVP of Marketing for L'Oreal Paris; Aimee Mullens, L'Oreal Paris Spokesperson; Karen Fondu, President of L'Oreal Paris; Michael A. Clinton, President, Marketing & Publishing Director of Hearst Magazines; Actress, Andie MacDowell; and Actress Julianna Margulies



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.

Other honorees of the night included: Ann Solorio Brownell, Founder of The Amanda Network;  Cora White , CEO/Board President and proud foster parent for the Foster Care Children and Family Fund;  Dr. Barbara Summey Marshall, Volunteer CEO at Steps & Stages; Gina Keatley, CEO and Director of Nutrition at Nourishing NYC/USA; Pilar Pinel, Founder of Embracing Latina Leadership Alliances;  Shanta Barton Stubbs, Founder of the New Image Youth Center; Sheila Warnock, Co-author of Share The Care and Founder and President of ShareTheCaregiving, Inc.;  Stephanie M. Clark, Founder and National Director for Project Single Moms Worldwide, Inc.; and Susan Munsey, CEO, Executive Director and “House Mom” of Generate Hope.



Aimee Mullins, Andie MacDowell and Julianna Margulies



At last night’s event, just about every woman and man had a glow to them. Why? Because, giving back is embedded in the lives of not just the honorees, but also in the lives of several attendees. Personally, giving back was instilled in me at a young age, while my mother would make sure that my sister and I helped her to wrap and give out gifts to foster children during the Holiday season. For Thanksgiving, we were by her side helping to feed the homeless or recovering drug addicts. Those experiences not only grounded me, but also showed me how small gestures help to make another person feel important and loved.

I had a chance to meet a few people from the editorial and communications team of Hearst Magazines and I was really pleased to learn that a number of staff whom I met, make it a part of their personal business to give back and to be involved in philanthropic causes. Style, integrity and commitment to making the world a better place is a value of Hearst Magazines.  I love it! Now it makes since why I am mainly drawn to several of their magazines and definitely will continue to be.



Nina Garcia, Fashion Director of Marie Claire and Personality featured on Project Runway

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