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L’Oréal Paris and Hearst announce 2011 Women of Worth winners

December 10, 2011/11.14

L'Oréal Women of Worth photo

L’Oréal Paris and Hearst have held their sixth annual Women of Worth awards’ ceremony, with L’Oréal spokeswomen Andie MacDowell, Julianna Margulies and Aimée Mullins among the celebrity presenters. Gayle King, Nina Garcia and Katie Cassidy also presented, along with former Women of Worth winners.
   The following received $10,000 each for her charitable cause: Ann Solorio Brownell, San Jose, Calif., founder of the Amanda Network, an organization dedicated to combating bullying and preventing the tragic suicide attempts of bullied victims; Cora White, Madison, Wisc., 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, including everything from educational training for foster parents to ensuring each child receives a gift during the holidays; 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 programme that strives to provide “nutrition for all” in New York City and throughout the US; 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, the leading cause of death by disease for children under the age of 18 in the US; Pilar Pinel, Long Beach, Calif., founder of Embracing Latina Leadership Alliances (ELLAS), an organization dedicated to the educational, professional and political advancement of Latina youth; Shanta Barton Stubbs, Orlando, Fla., 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 mothers; and Susan Munsey, San Diego, Calif., CEO, executive director and ‘House Mom’ of Generate Hope, an organization that provides a long-term recovery programme for young women who have been sexually exploited.
   Gretchen Holt Witt received an additional $25,000 after her story was voted the most inspirational by visitors to the Women of Worth website, and was named the National Honoree.
   Judges included 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.

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