L’Oréal Paris Honors 2016 Women of Worth

Karen T. Fondu and the 2016 L'Oreal Paris Women of Worth Honorees
Karen T. Fondu and the 2016 L’Oreal Paris Women of Worth Honorees

Beauty care brand L’Oréal Paris honored the 2016 Women of Worth for making an extraordinary difference in their communities at the 11th annual Women of Worth celebration Wednesday in New York City.

The 10 Honorees are featured on WomenofWorth.com and join the 100 Women of Worth from the past 10 years as a collective force driven by empathy and passion to change the world.

Each of the 2016 Honorees was awarded a $10,000 grant for her philanthropic organization. Carly Yoost, co-founder of the Child Rescue Coalition, who was selected by online public vote as National Honoree, received an additional $25,000 for her cause.

“The celebration of our 2016 Honorees commemorates a new decade for Women of Worth, empowered by the strength and tenacity of women who are unwavering in their commitment to transforming lives and helping others,” said L’Oréal Paris President, Karen T. Fondu.

“The 2016 Women of Worth are vibrant and extraordinary heroes who embody how L’Oréal Paris celebrates the intrinsic worth and beauty innate to every woman and I am so proud that our brand serves as a catalyst to help them take their philanthropic organizations to new heights.”

2016 Women of Worth Honorees

The 2016 Women of Worth join the L’Oréal Paris family as part of a year-round program that provides the Women of Worth Honorees with a platform to tell their stories and share their causes with the world. The 2016 Honorees stories are on WomenofWorth.com and include:

Monica Gray – New York, N.Y.; Founder, DreamWakers, a nonprofit dedicated to connecting underserved children with educational career support and mentorship by using the power of free video technologies to virtually connect professional leaders and diverse role models with 4th-12th grade students.

Sandra Gunn – Arnold, Md.; Founder, LESLIE’S WEEK, a nonprofit that donates vacation homes to families of women with Stage IV Metastatic Breast Cancer.

Marian Hamilton – Armonk, N.Y.; Founder, The Ken Hamilton Caregivers Center, an “oasis” for caregivers at Northern Westchester Hospital to take time for themselves and to freely receive assistance and emotional counseling from a team of two social workers or 34 volunteers.

Jessica Kidd – Ruther Glen, Va.; Founder, Gracie’s Gowns, a nonprofit donating personalized hospital gowns to children battling life-threatening conditions.

Diane Latiker – Chicago, Ill.; Founder, Kids Off the Block, an organization that helps low-income, at-risk youth find positive alternatives to gangs, drugs, truancy, violence, and the juvenile justice system.

Nadya Okamoto – Portland, Ore.; Formerly homeless teen who founded Camions of Care to provide menstrual hygiene management services to women in need.

Debbie Sardone – Flower Mound, TX; Founder of Cleaning for a Reason, inspires residential cleaning service firms to offer four months of free, monthly household cleaning sessions for women with cancer.

Orlaith Staunton – New York, N.Y.; Co-founder of Rory Staunton Foundation for Sepsis Prevention, an organization that raises awareness about Sepsis prevention she established after losing her son Rory to Sepsis in 2012.

Kathy Tillotson – Huntington Beach, Calif.; Founder, Build Futures, an organization that gets homeless kids off the streets quickly, finds them permanent housing and helps them become self-sufficient.

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