The National Mother’s Day Committee today announced that it will honor five exceptional women for balancing accomplished careers and the demands of motherhood at the 33rd Outstanding Mother Awards luncheon at 12 p.m. on Thursday, May 5, at The Pierre New York Hotel.

The awards will be presented by mistress of ceremonies Mindy Grossman, CEO of HSN, Inc., and a 2010 Outstanding Mother Award Honoree, to the following:

  • Joyce Armeli, SVP & GMM, The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.
  • Kirsten Gillibrand, United States Senator for New York
  • Donna Karan, Chief Designer, Donna Karan New York
  • Cindi Leive, Editor-in-Chief, Glamour Magazine
  • Susan Sarandon, Academy Award Winning Actress and Activist

The annual event will benefit Save the Children's US programs.

“During today’s extremely challenging times, when more than 80% of women are faced with the obstacles in raising school-age children, managing family activities, and juggling a full time job, the National Mother’s Day Committee is pleased to award ‘Outstanding Mother’ honors to this remarkable group of women,” said Laurie Dowley, Chairwoman of the National Mother’s Day Committee. “Representing excellence across a number of industries, the 2001 honorees are being recognized for their outstanding achievements in balancing successful careers, the demands of motherhood and commitment to philanthropic service.”

The National Mother’s Day Committee is an entity of the Father’s Day/Mother’s Day Council and exists for the sole purpose of conferring “Outstanding Mother” Honors to contemporary lifestyle leaders of our society. The Council – a non-profit, all volunteer, non commercial, organization – donates funds raised with presentations of its Annual Awards to meaningful family related philanthropies dealing with issues affecting Mothers, Fathers and Family. Past honorees include Former First Lady Barbara Bush, Andrea Jung, Estee Lauder, Senator Hillary Clinton, Bobbie Brown, Katie Couric, Caroline Kennedy, Marie Osmond, Chris Evert, Meryl Streep, Reba McEntire, and many other outstanding mothers.

As part of its continued support of meaningful philanthropies dealing with issues affecting mothers, fathers and children, the National Father’s Day/Mother’s Day Council, Inc. has donated nearly $31 million to date to deserving family-related charities nationwide, which includes more than $3.5 million in 2010.

Proceeds of the 2011 awards luncheon will benefit Save the Children’s U.S. Programs, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to making lasting positive change in the lives of children living in poverty in the United States.

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