Famous actresses, beauty editors and ten women in charge of great solidarity initiatives gathered this Tuesday in New York at the Women of Worth gala in L'Oréal Paris.
The night began with a welcome speech by the president of the firm, Karen T. Fondu, who explained that L'Oréal Paris decided 9 years ago to reward women who, as their slogan says, are worth it, for their valuable contribution to their communities.
"The women honored in 2014 are heroines, they are not afraid, they are true promoters of change that deserve to be celebrated, and their stories are elevated to inspire more women to make a difference in their lives and in the lives of others," Fondu explained in a statement.
The ambassadors of the cosmetics house Eva Longoria, Blake Lively, Diane Keaton, Julianne Moore and Andie MacDowell were some of the people in charge of presenting the ten honorees and their work.
Blake Lively and L'Oréal Paris President Karen T. Fondu.
All of them appreciated the recognition with emotional speeches full of personal anecdotes that excited the attendees. The honorees were:
Audra Dipadova Wilford, creator of the MaxLove Project, helps children struggling with life-threatening illness through support and proper nutrition.
Mary K. Hoodhood, founder of Kid's Food Basket, an organization that provides ready-to-eat food for hungry children and their families.
Brittany Wenger, who at 15 created Cloud4Cancer and now 19 is studying at Duke University to be a pediatric oncologist. The system he developed brought about a revolution in breast cancer detection.
Deborah Snyder started the Operation Renewed Hope Foundation to house veteran homeless soldiers.
Shaaron Funderbuk, with the Off the Streets Program, helps addicted and homeless women who need a place to regain their self-esteem and resume a normal life.
The honorees with the president of L'Oréal Paris, Karen T. Fondu.
Phyllis Sudman, who at the end of the ceremony was recognized as the “2014 national honoree”, founded Simon's Fund, which seeks to raise awareness of sudden cardiac arrest in children, after the death of her baby from that cause in 2004.
Stephanie Decker is behind the Stephanie Decker Foundation, which provides children with orthopedic prostheses access to new technological advances and helps them to rebuild their normal lives through sports.
Jenny Williamson founded Courage Worldwide to rescue child victims of human trafficking.
Corinne Cannon provides free diapers to low-income families in Washington DC with her organization DC Diaper Bank.
Rachel R. Jackson-Bramwell and her Project Compassion Foundation provide empowerment tools for women and girls with limited resources.