November 2, 2014
Susan Fales-Hill, the award-winning television writer/producer and author, whose credits include “The Cosby Show,” “A Different World” and “Suddenly Susan,” will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies for Voss Foundation’s Fifth Annual Women Helping Women New York Luncheon on November 12th, 2014.
“The best ideas are simple and the Voss Foundation is dedicated to the clear principle that potable, clean water is the life’s blood of a community,” Susan explains. “With an efficient, stream-lined, non-paternalistic operation, Voss Foundation helps villages in Sub-Saharan Africa thrive by helping them create local, easily accessible sources of clean water, something we in the West expect as a birth right.”
A contributing editor at Essence, Susan’s writings have also appeared in Vogue, Glamour, Good Housekeeping, Avenue, Town and Country and Architectural Digest. Her memoir, Always Wear Joy, was nominated for both the Zora Neale Hurston Award for non-fiction and an NAACP image Award. Her latest novel, Imperfect Bliss has been hailed by Publisher’s Weekly as “a stylish, sharp edged satire,” and by Booklist as “a book that convincingly updates Pride and Prejudice for the twenty-first century.”
“Our world is interconnected. We are Africa and Africa is us,” Susan goes on to say. “Voss Foundation recognizes the simple fact of our common humanity.”
A graduate of the Lycée Français de New York and Harvard College, Susan lives in New York with her husband and daughter.
Voss Foundation’s Executive Director Kara Gerson says, “We are honored that Susan has chosen to lend her immeasurable talent and support to Voss Foundation on November 12th, as we come together once again to celebrate the power of women to change the world.”
The Fifth Annual Women Helping Women New York luncheon will honor Kristy Caylor of Maiyet and Rebecca van Bergen of Nest, with whom Voss Foundation has collaborated to build seven wells and 285 latrines in Swaziland. 100% of proceeds from the luncheon will go towards the dedicated 2014 Women Helping Women project until it is fully funded, to build two boreholes with hand-pumps in Kalebuka, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where Voss Foundation has worked since 2010 with Noella Coursaris Musunka, our first Women Helping Women Honoree.