New York, NY. The New York Women’s Foundation® (NYWF), led by President & CEO Ana L. Oliveira, celebrated their milestone 25th Anniversary and honored four, very special philanthropic leaders, Soledad O’Brien and her husband Brad Raymond, and Ginny Day and Sean Day, at their Fall Celebration: Improving the Lives of Women and Families in New York City on Tuesday, October 23, 2012, at the Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center.
Veteran Journalist and Television Personality Connie Chung hosted the Celebration with a very special performance by Tony Award® Winning Playwright & Performer Sarah Jones. Attendees included Diana L. Taylor (NYWF Board Chair), Anne E. Delaney (NYWF Board Vice-Chair), Yvonne Moore (NYWF Board Secretary), Susan Coté (NYWF Treasurer), Helen LaKelly Hunt (NYWF Founding Mother, Chair Emerita), Rossana Rosado (NYWF Board Member), Jean Shafiroff (NYWF Board Member), Anita Channapati (NYWF Board Member), Hyatt Bass (NYWF Board Member), Taina Bien-Aimé (NYWF Board Member), Susan R. Cullman (NYWF Board Member), Kwanza R. Butler (NYWF Board Member) Lisa M. Holton (NYWF Board Member), Antoinette E. La Belle (NYWF Board Member), Ann Short (NYWF Board Member), Celeste Smith (NYWF Board Member), Regan Solmo (NYWF Board Member).
ABOUT THE HONOREES:
Soledad O’Brien & Brad Raymond
Soledad and Brad founded the Soledad O’Brien & Brad Raymond Foundation in 2012. The mission of the foundation is to provide young women with the opportunity and resources to successfully pursue an education, recognizing the barriers that many young women face when trying to attend and finish college.
Ginny & Sean Day, Ginny, acting as the first Board President of The New York Women’s Foundation®, helped to shape the course of The Foundation. 25 years later, she and her husband, Sean, continue to support
ABOUT NYWF: The New York Women’s Foundation® is a cross-cultural alliance of women, serving as a voice for women and a force for change. The Foundation identifies innovative organizations that are effecting change in the communities they serve for women and girls. The NYWF strategically funds organizations and programs that move women, girls and families toward long-term economic security through individual transformation and systemic change, mobilizing leaders and community partners as philanthropists and change agents. The NYWF funds programs that promote economic security and justice, anti-violence and safety; and health, sexual rights and reproductive justice for women and girls in New York City.
Over the past twenty-five years, the NYWF has invested $33 million in funding to over 280 women-led, nonprofit organizations, improving the lives of 5.4 million women and girls in New York City; 81% of those nonprofits have succeeded and are still thriving today. In 2009, the NYWF responded to the economic crisis by launching RISE-NYC!, a 5-year partnership initiative that increased its grant-making by more than 20% in focused areas including economic security, anti-violence and safety, and health and reproductive rights. Philanthropies that help their local community and improve people’s lives through education – the keys to giving people an opportunity to create a better life.