January 5, 2018
On November 8th, Voss Foundation’s 8th Annual Women Helping Women (WHW) New York luncheon raised awareness and over $100,000 to support our mission to fund access to water, sanitation, and hygiene as a means to enable community-driven development in Sub-Saharan Africa. This generous commitment brought our eight-year WHW campaign total to over $1,085,000.
Almost 200 supporters joined Voss Foundation at Dream Downtown, to shop, enjoy lunch, and celebrate global female empowerment. Upon arrival, guests enjoyed cocktails featuring VOSS flavored sparkling and vodka from Empowers cocktails as well as wine from Chateau St. Michelle while shopping the African Bazaar for handmade items purchased directly from communities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Liberia, Swaziland, and Uganda where Voss Foundation works.
Then, everyone sat to enjoy lunch and to honor Cynthia Erivo and Tamron Hall, two women whose contributions to women and girls, and their continued example of what it means to be strong, resilient, and courageous, have impacted women and communities around the globe. These women embody the definition of grit and determination, and most importantly, remind us that all it takes is one voice to make a difference.
“I truly believe that we as women collectively can come together to lift and encouraged one another, and when we do, our successes will be immeasurable,” shared Ms. Erivo.
“We stand together for our sisters in Africa, for our sisters in Iran, for our sisters in Afghanistan, for our sisters who can go to Ivy League and for some who don’t know how to spell Ivy League… Many of us could be one of them, but all of us can be the community and army to fight the pain,” concluded Ms. Hall.
On behalf of the entire Voss Foundation team, thank you to all those who attended this year’s luncheon. This year’s attendees generosity speaks to their commitment to provide essential human rights to women and their families across sub-Saharan Africa — water, sanitation, and hygiene. We also want to take this opportunity to thank Frederick Anderson and Susan Fales-Hill for hosting and for bringing continued awareness to the water, sanitation, and hygiene needs in Sub-Saharan Africa and our honorees, Cynthia Erivo and Tamron Hall.
The luncheon would not have been possible without the support from our dedicated sponsors: Applied Merchandising Concepts, BET Networks, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Empower Cocktails, GreenbergTraurig, Mariama Camara, Purist, and VOSS Water. We are also grateful to our committee members: Frederick Anderson, Georgie Badiel, Dawn Brown, Shannon Broyles-Beale, Mariama Mounir Camara, Lydia Carlston, Patrice Casanova,, Chris Chambers, Cristina Cuomo, Laura Currie, Andrea Greeven Douzet, Sophie Elgort, Susan Fales-Hill, Lindy Gad, Kara Gerson, Dr. Rosemarie Ingleton, Angelina Jolin, Katherine Kung, Debra Lee, Sandy Leong, Eric Ligan, Edris Nicholls, Dale Noelle, Beth O’Donnell, Rachel Paletsky, Amy Sacco, Maya Samuelsson, and Seth & Kristen Whalen.
We would like to thank Dmitry Astashenok for editing our 2017 film and Georgie Badiel, 2016 Women Helping Women Honoree and founder of the Georgie Badiel Foundation in Burkina Faso for recording the film’s voice over.
Finally, thank you to Voss Foundation’s Board of Directors for their ongoing support and leadership.
Click through the photo gallery above to see highlights from the luncheon or visit our Facebook page. To learn more about how previous Women Helping Women events have supported water, sanitation, and hygiene projects in Sub-Saharan Africa, we encourage you to visit our website www.vossfoundation.org.
Photos courtesy of Getty Images and Patrice Casanova.