New York resident Gina Keatley has been honored as a Woman of Worth by L’Oréal Paris for her work with Nourishing NYC/USA, a community food program that strives to provide “nutrition for all” in New York City and throughout America. Gina is one of ten honorees from across the country that will be recognized for her extraordinary volunteer achievements and positive influence on her community.
Each of the incredible honorees has received $10,000 for her charitable cause and will be recognized at an awards ceremony and dinner hosted by Hearst Magazines and L'Oréal Paris on December 8th in New York City. At the event, one National Honoree, chosen via a public online vote, will be announced, and she will receive an additional $25,000 for her charity.
Public online voting for the Women of Worth National Honoree is open from today (November 7th) through November 23rd on womenofworth.com. Visitors to the site will vote once per email address for their favorite Woman of Worth, and the honoree with the most votes will be named National Honoree.
GINA KEATLEY – WOMAN OF WORTH
As a child, Gina personally experienced the devastating effects of poverty and homelessness. During her time living in a low-income neighborhood, she noticed how many community members were nutritionally deprived. A combination of her background and a strong interest in nutrition and cooking inspired her curiosity with the connection between poverty and obesity. This passion led her to launch Nourishing NYC, a non-profit community food program that strives to provide “nutrition for all” in New York City.
From their annual Earth Day Celebration in the streets of Harlem to their V.A.N. (vehicle advocating nutrition) and Junior Chef Program, offering workshops for low income children, Gina helps introduce the next generation to a greener, healthier lifestyle. Nourishing NYC strives to help clients move beyond emergency food provisions by teaching them how to make healthy and affordable choices for themselves and their families.
In 2010 alone, Nourishing NYC served 13,538 meals, which was an increase of almost 400 percent from the previous year, and distributed four thousand pounds of produce in diabetic and obese communities. This year, Nourishing NYC’s V.A.N. has already provided 24,000 pounds of produce in neighborhoods like Harlem and the Bronx.
In response to the number of requests she was receiving from other communities looking to implement a similar program, Gina launched Nourishing USA this past September. This nationwide extension has already delivered more than 100 hunger advocacy kits, which teach communities to grow, gather and give. To learn more about Nourishing NYC/USA’s efforts and how to get involved, visit nourishingnyc.org.
“I am so honored to be chosen as a L’Oréal Paris Woman of Worth,” said Gina Keatley, L’Oréal Paris Woman of Worth honoree and founder of Nourishing NYC/USA. “This generous award is going to allow Nourishing NYC/USA to continue making a positive impact in my community and beyond. It is truly a privilege to be among the company of these ten amazing women.”
This year’s amazing honorees represent a wide range of social causes and commitments. The women behind these organizations are living proof that one person can make a difference:
• Ann Solorio Brownell – San Jose, CA; Founder of The Amanda Network, an organization dedicated to combating bullying and preventing the tragic suicide attempts of bullied victims.
• Cora White – Madison, WI; CEO, Board President and proud foster parent for the Foster Care Children and Family Fund, which provides a variety of services to support children in foster and out-of-home placement, including everything from educational training for foster parents to ensuring each child receives a gift during the holidays.
• Dr. Barbara Summey Marshall – Fayetteville, NC; Volunteer CEO at Steps & Stages: Women Veterans Resource Agency, Inc., a global non-profit agency dedicated to connecting transitioning female veterans and their families with necessary services and support.
• Gina Keatley – New York, NY; CEO and Director of Nutrition at Nourishing NYC/USA, a community food program that strives to provide “nutrition for all” in New York City and throughout America.
• Gretchen Holt Witt – Califon, NJ; Founder of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, a non-profit committed to raising funds to support research for new and improved therapies for pediatric cancer, the leading cause of death by disease for children under the age of 18 in the United States.
• Pilar Pinel – Long Beach, CA; Founder of Embracing Latina Leadership Alliances (ELLAS), an organization dedicated to the educational, professional and political advancement of Latina youth.
• Shanta Barton Stubbs – Orlando, FL; Founder of the New Image Youth Center, an educational and recreational safe haven for at-risk youth.
• Sheila Warnock – New York, NY; Co-author of Share The Care and Founder and President of ShareTheCaregiving, Inc., an organization that empowers people to pool their efforts in caregiving for family and friends. This model eases the burden on individual caregivers and ultimately improves the quality of life for the seriously ill, disabled and aging.
• Stephanie M. Clark – Atlanta, GA; Founder and National Director for Project Single Moms Worldwide, Inc., a national advocacy and empowerment movement for single moms.
• Susan Munsey – San Diego, CA; CEO, Executive Director and “House Mom” of Generate Hope, an organization that provides a long-term recovery program for young women who have been sexually exploited.
The Women of Worth honorees were chosen by an elite group of judges including: Marc Speichert, Chief Marketing Officer of L'Oréal USA; Karen Fondu, President of L'Oréal Paris; Nathalie Kristo, Senior Vice President of Marketing for L'Oréal Paris; Jacqueline Hernandez, Chief Operating Officer of Telemundo Communications Group; Soledad O’Brien, CNN Anchor and Lisa Oz, President of Ozworks, a media and investment consulting company.
WOMEN OF WORTH PROGRAM
The Women of Worth initiative, now in its sixth year, is inspired by L’Oréal Paris’ iconic brand philosophy,“Because You’re Worth It.” Each of these honorees truly embodies the spirit of the L’Oréal Paris brand through their commitment to their communities, their selflessness and their drive to make a difference in the world. Since its inception, the L’Oréal Paris Women of Worth program has recognized 60 women for their outstanding commitment to their causes.
“L’Oréal Paris is proud that Women of Worth is setting the bar for honoring the significant contributions of real women,” said L’Oréal Paris president Karen Fondu. “These inspirational women are making measurable differences on both a local and national level. We celebrate their accomplishments and welcome them to the Women of Worth family.”
For more information about the Women of Worth Program, honoree bios and to vote for the 2011 Women of Worth National Honoree, please visit womenofworth.com/.
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