The 15th Annual Women Who Care Luncheon benefiting United Cerebral Palsy of New York City (UCP of NYC) was held Monday, May 9th at Cipriani 42nd Street.
The sold-out event celebrated the extraordinary accomplishments of women as professionals, caregivers and philanthropists. In its fifteen years, Women Who Care has raised nearly $8 million to fund programs and services offered by UCP of NYC to over 14,000 children and adults with disabilities throughout New York City.
The 2016 Women Who Care leadership included: (All in Attendance)
Loreen Arbus – Producer, Disability Rights Activist and Founder/Chair of Women Who Care.
Susan Lucci – Emmy Award-winning star of the hit series Devious Maids, New York Times best-selling author, former Women Who Care Honoree and returning Co-Host of Women Who Care.
Liza Huber – Founder & CEO of Sage Spoonfuls and Co-Host of Women Who Care.
Tamsen Fadal – Eight-time Emmy winning journalist, author, co-anchor of PIX 11 News at 5:00 p.m. & 10:00 p.m, and Co-Chair of Women Who Care.
Donna Hanover – Former First Lady of New York City, author, television personality, and Co-Chair of Women Who Care.
Ali Stroker – Of Glee and Glee Project fame, first performer in a wheelchair to appear on Broadway, and Co-Chair of Women Who Care.
Paula Zahn – Nine-time Emmy Award-winning host of On The Case With Paula Zahn and Co-Chair of Co-Chair of Women Who Care.
Frank A. Bennack Jr. – Executive Vice Chairman of Hearst, and Honorary Chair of this year’s Women Who Care.
Highlights of this year’s Women Who Care event included honoree award presentations:
Beverly Bond – BLACK GIRLS ROCK! founder and CEO, TV producer, DJ and social innovator, was presented the Women Who Care Award by Soledad O'Brien – Peabody and Emmy Award-winning journalist and TV anchor, producer and CEO of Starfish Media Group.
Deborah Norville – Inside Edition anchor, two-time Emmy winning journalist and New York Times best-selling author, was presented the Luella Bennack Philanthropy Award by Dennis Basso – Award-winning fashion designer.
Ellyn Shook – Accenture chief leadership & human resources officer, was presented the Women in Business Award by Paula Zahn – Nine-time Emmy Award-winning host of On The Case With Paula Zahn and Co-Chair of Co-Chair of Women Who Care.
Jenny Long – Author of the best-selling book Expect a Miracle, was presented the Karen Hansen Caregiver Award by Judith Light – Emmy, Golden Globe & two-time Tony Award-winning star of the hit series Transparent and 2014 Women Who Care Honoree.
Northwell Health were presented the Corporate Commitment to Caring Award by Edward R. Matthews – CEO of United Cerebral Palsy of New York City.
Loreen Arbus – Women Who Care Founder/Chair was given a special tribute by Frank A. Bennack Jr., Executive Vice Chairman of Hearst and Honorary Chair of Women Who Care.
VIP Guests attending the 2016 Women Who Care Luncheon included:
Mike Woods, Meteorologist, Fox 5’s Good Day New York; Teresa Priolo, Reporter, Fox 5 News & Good Day New York; Steve Lacy, Anchor, Fox 5 News; Ines Rosales, Traffic Reporter on FOX 5’s Good Day New York; Maysoon Zayid, comedian, disability rights activist and former Women Who Care Honoree; Isiah Whitlock Jr., star of The Wire and co-star of Veep; Sheetal Sheth, award-winning actor, producer and humanitarian; Caroline Tehrani, Host of HuffPost Live; Herb Hamsher, President, TAO Management & Tetrahedron Productions; Rich Graziano, President and General Manager, WPIX; Lew Leone, Vice President and General Manager, WNYW-FOX 5 and WWOR-My9, FOX Television Stations’ New York; Lamar Goering, Executive Producer, Good Day New York; Amy Waldman, News Director PIX 11 News; Lauren Nowell, Executive Vice-President Communications, CBS TV; Camilla Barungi, model, entrepreneur and activist of Project Runway fame; Sheila Lennon, SVP Marketing and Development, United Cerebral Palsy of New York City; Dr. Danielle Sheypuck, former Ms Wheelchair USA; Carrie Hammer, fashion designer; David Aaron Carpenter, prize-winning violinist; Wendy Diamond, Founder and CEO of Women’s Entrepreneurship Day; Christopher Laul, Senior Principal at HOK.
Former Women Who Care Honorees who attended include:
Susan Lucci, Judith Light, Terrie Williams, Joan Jedell, Maysoon Zayid, Maureen Lippe, Marie Wilson, Joan Ann Natola, Francine Le Frak.
Hearst Corporation, a long-time major sponsor for UCP of NYC, and the Loreen Arbus Foundation, were the Presenting Sponsors of this year’s luncheon.
Additional Key Women Who Care Sponsors included:
21st Century Fox; The Alfred Mann Foundation; Northwell Health; Colliers International LLC; The Heffernan Group; Accenture; HOK; Katrina Peebles; Bella Bus Corporation; Cauldwell Wingate Company LLC; Denise Rich; Merrill Lynch; Cerebral Palsy Foundation; Consolidated Bus Transit; Edward R. Matthews; Houda & Jim Foster; The Carpenter Family; EmblemHealth; Goldman Sachs; J.P. Morgan; Lightpath; L ’Oreal Luxe; MetLife; Multilingual Therapy Associates Inc.; Putney, Twombly, Hall & Hirshon LLP; The Sexton Family; Holly Toplitsky; Maysoon Zayid.