L’Oreal Paris Honors 10 Inspiring Women

L’Oreal Paris today unveils the 2013 Women of Worth honorees, celebrating 10 women who are pursuing their passions to accomplish the extraordinary.

Tackling society’s most pressing issues, from helping victims in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy, to enabling terminally ill seniors accomplish their bucket lists, to building a nonprofit restaurant that helps at-risk youth learn life skills, the 2013 Women of Worth honorees are united in their quest to fuel the future.

Now through Nov. 20, L’Oreal Paris invites you to vote for your favorite Woman of Worth. Votes drive awareness for these important causes and help select one National Honoree to be awarded an additional $25,000 for her cause.

You can cast your vote daily through WomenofWorth.com by using your email address to log-on and casting your vote.

You also can go to L’Oreal Paris’ Facebook page and “Like” the post and photo about your favorite Woman of Worth or use L’Oreal Paris’ Twitter account by re-tweeting the tweet about the Woman of Worth you support.

Here are the 10 selected women:

  • Somy Ali – Miami Beach, Fla.; President of No More Tears, nonprofit organization devoted to rescuing victims of domestic violence and helping survivors with assistance to meet basic needs, and a variety of support services to find jobs and complete their empowerment.
  • Tricia Baker – Plainsboro, N.J.; Co-Founder and Co-Director of Attitudes in Reverse, a nonprofit organization to educate society about mental health and combat negative perceptions about mental illness by promoting acceptance and fostering awareness about depression and suicide prevention.
  • Patty Boles – Vista, Calif.; Executive Director of Straight From The Heart, Inc., a nonprofit resource center that provides critical support, mentoring, must-have items and resources for foster children and their caregivers.
  • Lauren Book – Aventura, Fla.; Founder and CEO of Lauren’s Kids, nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing sexual abuse through public awareness, education and political advocacy, and to help survivors heal by offering guidance and support.
  • Maria D’Angelo – Santa Monica, Calif.; Founder, President and CEO of The Children’s Lifesaving Foundation, nonprofit dedicated to serving and transforming the lives of homeless and at-risk children and families in Los Angeles through academic, social and domestic support.
  • Kimberly Iverson – Scottsdale, Ariz.; Founder of Bucket List Foundation, nonprofit which grants end-of-life or “bucket list” wishes to the terminally ill, including swimming with dolphins, riding in helicopters and meeting pro athletes, as well as arranging simple, heartfelt events like anniversary dinners and reunions with family members.
  • Lori Lee – Smithfield, N.C.; Founder of Me Fine Foundation, nonprofit founded in memory of her son Folden Lee, IV, which provides resources and financial assistance to families with children being treated at Duke and UNC Children’s Hospitals regardless of race, diagnosis, religious affiliation or economic status.
  • Estella Pyfrom – West Palm Beach, Fla.; CEO of Estella’s Brilliant Bus, nonprofit fueled by a state-of-the-art mobile learning center and network of opportunities where children and families without home access to technology or internet can learn vital computer skills.
  • Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis – Newtown, Conn.; Teacher and Founder of Classes 4 Classes, Inc., nonprofit organization developed in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy whose mission is for every student in the U.S. to learn compassion, caring, kindness, empathy and consideration.
  • Susan Garcia Trieschmann – Evanston, Ill; Executive Director of Curt’s Cafe, nonprofit restaurant that provides training and support for at-risk youth while offering the community a place to “dine with a purpose,” enjoying great food and giving back at the same time.

Rewarding their outstanding accomplishments, the 2013 Women of Worth honorees, selected by an esteemed panel of judges, each receives $10,000 for her charitable cause and will be acknowledged at a distinguished celebration hosted by L’Oreal Paris on Dec. 3 in New York. Selected through consumer voting, the National Honoree will be announced at the event.

The L’Oreal Paris division of L’Oreal USA, Inc. is a beauty care company.

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