November 28, 2012
Voss Foundation was thrilled by the success of our third Women Helping Women New York Luncheon! Over 100 guests gathered in the scenic Manhattan Penthouse on November 14 to raise money and awareness for the dedicated Women Helping Women 2012 water project, to bring clean water access and sanitation facilities to two communities and women’s artisan groups in Swaziland! Thank you again to all our sponsors and volunteers for making Women Helping Women New York a truly wonderful event!
Guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and cocktails while shopping the African Bazaar with complimentary totes – handmade in Liberia expressly for Voss Foundation! The Bazaar, now in its second year, was once again a huge hit! Guests eagerly snapped up unique and beautiful items, handmade in the regions where Voss Foundation implements clean water projects. Shop the African Bazaar online to find more perfect gifts for the holidays! The newest addition to the Bazaar – multicolored stuffed elephants made by women artisans who work with our Swaziland partner Nest – sold out entirely in less than 30 minutes!
Once seated, Claudia Chan, founder of ClaudiaChan.com and S.H.E. Summit Week, welcomed the attendees and reminded everyone of the cause that brought them all together: the need for clean water in Sub-Saharan Africa, and the power of women to help each other succeed. Guests then viewed the east coast premiere of our 2012 video, Voss Foundation: A Commitment to Excellence, which is now online here. Executive Director Kara Gerson spoke of Voss Foundation’s previous successful water projects in Sub-Saharan Africa. She was followed by Saran Kaba Jones, founder of FACE Africa and our 2011 honoree, who introduced this year’s honoree, Selita Ebanks –supermodel, actress and philanthropist – who received a stunning diamond necklace specially designed by Karen Egren, a successful business owner and one of our generous sponsors.
Ms. Ebanks spoke passionately about her charity work and moving personal experiences, highlighting the need to support those who have less than we do. “I am a charitable person because I grew up on charity; if it weren’t for charity I wouldn’t be here,” Ms. Ebanks said to a crowd, rapt in attention. “I am honored to be receiving this award and supporting Voss Foundation in their work.”
2012 was a banner year for Women Helping Women, with our second event hosted in Boston, the third luncheon held in New York, and a smashing debut on the west coast in San Francisco on October 22! All proceeds raised from the Women Helping Women campaign this year go to support the dedicated Women Helping Women 2012 project in Swaziland, until it is fully funded. Read more about our first project in Swaziland here! Click here to see more images of the event!