The New York Women’s Foundation 30th Anniversary Breakfast -2017

BY: Liliana Rocio, Senior Editor For World Liberty TV

The New York Women’s Foundation hosts its Celebrating Women Breakfast, one of New York’s most well-attended fundraisers. More than 2,000 women leaders in philanthropy, corporate and government community will join President & CEO Ana Oliveira as The Foundation celebrates the leadership and activism of this year’s honorees including:

Abortion Rights

Dr.Abbey with Cecile Richards President Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Cecile Richards, President of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, honored for her leadership and work promoting and protecting the health and safety of women and teens.

Anne E. Delaney, Former Board Chair of The Foundation, is honored for her lifelong dedication to philanthropy and the arts.

NYWF Honrees 2017

2017 Alumnae Honorees

Ana María Archila, Co-Executive Director at The Center for Popular Democracy, is recognized for her commitment to fight for the civil rights of all New Yorkers, particularly immigrants.

Donna Lieberman, Executive Director at the New York Civil Liberties Union, is honored for her voice for freedom, justice and equality for those most marginalized by society.

African Women Nobel Peace prize winner

Dr.Abbey with Nobel Peace Prize Winner Leymah Gbowee

Vivian Denise Nixon, Executive Director for the College and Community Fellowship, will be recognized for dedicating her life to removing barriers to higher education for women with criminal records.

NY Socialite Women

Kwanghee Kim with Cecile Richards & Anne Delaney

Linda Sarsour, Executive Director for the Arab American Association of New York and the Co-Chair of the 2017 Women’s March in Washington, is honored for standing up for the rights of New York’s Muslim community.

Marley Dias, Founder for #1000BlackGirlBooks, is the youngest honoree in the event’s history. She is honored for her activism.The Foundation’s grantees and board alumnae were  also be honored.

Founder #1000BlackGirlBooks

Dr.Abbey with Youngest Honoree at age 12 Marley Dias

Celebrating Women Breakfast: In 1987, a small group of visionary women from diverse backgrounds joined forces to found The New York Women’s Foundation. Their goal was to identify and fund community organizations in New York City run by and for women whose programs assisted low-income women and girls in need of critical services and economic independence. The next spring, The Foundation held its first Celebrating Women Breakfast in a crowded church hall where $50,000 was awarded to our first 4 grantee partners.

Hispanic Cabinet member for NY Gov Cuomo

Dr.Abbey with Rosanna Rossado NYS Secretary

Today, the New York Women’s Foundation’s annual Breakfast is the premiere fundraising event for women of consciousness with 2,400 attendees standing with women and girls in New York City.

However, as anyone who has ever been at a Breakfast will tell you it is not about the numbers. The Breakfast is about honoring the strength and courage of our grantee partners, who find groundbreaking solutions to seemingly intractable problems. The Breakfast is about honoring the visionary women who serve as role models, leaders and philanthropists. And last, but certainly not least, the Breakfast is about honoring our Board, Alumnae and volunteers whose courage and fierce determination sustain and inspire us to keep moving forward.

Jewish Woman

Dr.Abbey with Honoree Donna Lierbman Exec Dir NY Civil Liberties Union

The Awards: Celebrating Women Award: Given to a woman whose significant achievements have influenced the lives of – and provided a role model for – women and girls.

Vision Award: Given to a strategic philanthropist whose contributions are directed towards women and girls.

NY Marriott Marquis Times Square

Thousands of Women in Attendance

Century Award: Honors a woman leader whose social activism, strategic philanthropy and work on behalf of low-income women spans many decades.

The CWB Walking Stick Award :“I am proud to have this fabulous walking stick – (laughter) – which I will try to put to good use – either leaning on it or wielding it for whatever is the better purpose.” Hillary Rodham Clinton on receiving her CWB Walking Stick Award. The idea for the walking stick came from Youth Empowerment Mission, Inc. (YEM)*, one of our grantee partners, who suggested we give the women we honor this classic symbol of wisdom, strength and forward motion. Since 2007, young women in YEM’s Blossom Program for Girls have used their talent and ingenuity to decorate each stick with words, symbols and pictures that signify the contribution made by the woman being honored. The sticks, made from locally harvested wood, symbolize the trailblazing role of the women whom we honor, as well as the energy, creativity and enterprise of our grantee partners.

NYWF Board Members

Jean Shafiroff Board Member with Ana Oliveira

 Founded in 1995, YEM is a community-based organization serving the critical needs of young people living in Bedford-Stuyvesant and the surrounding communities of Central Brooklyn.

World Liberty TV Team has been covering the New York Women’s Foundation for the past 10 years and is again very honored to be part of the 30th Anniversary  Celebrating Women Breakfast. See about New York Women’s Foundation by Clicking here.

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