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L'Oréal Paris and Hearst Magazines recognized the work and efforts of 10 extraordinary women for their dedication to making a beautiful difference in the world at the 2012 Women of Worth awards ceremony. The event featured an awards presentation hosted by Karen Fondu, president of L’Oréal Paris, and Michael Clinton, president, marketing and publishing director of Hearst Magazines. Special guest presenters included L’Oréal Paris spokespeople Andie MacDowell, Julianna Margulies and Aimee Mullins, as well as inspiring women in the entertainment, publishing, media and digital industries, including Arianna Huffington, Allison Williams, Trisha Yearwood, Jessica Seinfeld and Randi Zuckerberg, among others. Former Women of Worth honorees were also invited to ring in the seventh annual awards.
"Every year, these incredible women raise the bar on what it means to make a beautiful difference in our communities, and this year is no exception. L’Oréal Paris' 2012 Women of Worth honorees exemplify our brand's philosophy—'Because You're Worth It'—and inspire those around them to be a force of positive change in our world," said Fondu. "We are proud to recognize this year's honorees and extend a special congratulations to our national honoree, Risa Vetri Ferman of Mission Kids."
Chosen by a group of elite judges, each of the 10 honorees received $10,000 for her charitable cause. Risa Vetri Ferman, co-founder of Mission Kids Child Advocacy Center, a non-profit that gives child abuse victims a voice and helps them heal, was awarded the title of national honoree and an additional $25,000 for her charitable organization. "I am so honored that Mission Kids was selected from all of these amazing organizations. I hope this recognition will showcase that child abuse victims still need our help, and we can all work together to keep our children safe," said Vetri Ferman.
This year's other honorees represent a wide range of social causes and commitments across the country. The women behind these organizations are living proof that one person can make a difference: