Giving Back

The 10th Annual Women Who Care Luncheon benefitting United Cerebral Palsy of New York City

New York, New York, May 9, 2011 – The 10th Annual Women Who Care Luncheon benefitting United Cerebral Palsy of New York City was held Thursday, May 5 at Cipriani 42nd Street. The sold-out event celebrated the accomplishments of extraordinary women as caregivers, volunteers and professionals.

Loreen Arbus,Disability Rights Activist/Philthanthropist/Producer, is Founder & Chair of Women Who Care. Ellen Levine, Editorial Director, Hearst Magazines Group is Honorary Chair. Donna Hanover served as Host for the event for the 10th consecutive year. Robin Givens & Paula Zahn are the new Co-Chairs of Women Who Care.

Highlights of this year’s Women Who Care event were presentations by over a dozen Celebrity Presenters:

Ivanka Trump presented the Women Who Care Award to Lauren Bush.

  • Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director of U.N. Women & Former President of Chile, presented the Women Who Care Award to Roxanne Mankin Cason.
  • Deborah Norville, Host, Inside Edition, presented the Women Who Care Award to Carolee Friedlander.
  • David Muir, ABC’s Weekend Host, World News Tonight, presented the Women Who Care Award to honoree Petra Nemcova.
  • Robin Givens, Star of the NBC series Chuck & new Co-Chair of Women Who Care, presented the final award of the afternoon, The Karen Hansen Caregiver Award to The Trush Family, Founders of Daniel’s Music Foundation.

Paula Zahn – Co-Chair of Women Who Care & Emmy® Award winning Host of On The Case With Paula Zahn gave opening remarks. In addition to Ivanka Trump, Robin Givens, Michelle Bachelet, David Muir & Deborah Norville, celebrity presenters were: Camilla Barungi, Project Runway Supermodel/Entrepreneur & Activist; Kafi Drexel, Chief Medical & Fitness Reporter NY1 News; Reichen Lehmkuhl – Star of The A-List New York & Winner of The Amazing Race; Timothy Mandala – Star of the new series The Ropes directed by Vin Diesel; Pat Mitchell – Emmy® Award Winning President & CEO, The Paley Center for Media; Aleksa Palladino, Star of the acclaimed hit series Boardwalk Empire; Darren Ritchie – Star of the hit Broadway show Wonderland; Pablo Schreiber, Star of Lights Out; Kurt Yaeger – Star of three upcoming movies Dolphin Tale, War Flowers & The Pod; Mike Woods – Meteorologist & Reporter, Fox 5’s Good Day New York.

Women Who Care was created to honor female role models representing various segments of the community,” said Loreen Arbus, Founder & Chair of Women Who Care. “It honors the memory of my mother, Isabelle Goldenson, who co-founded with my father, Leonard H. Goldenson, Founder/Chairman, ABC, the 5th largest health agency in America. She was responsible for all the groundbreaking ideas in the Architectural Barriers, an Act of Congress enacted by President Johnson in 1968. It also honors Miss Karen Hansen who took care of my older sister from age two, all the years of her life, without ever taking a vacation.”

VIP Guests attending this year’s Women Who Care included: Loreen Arbus – Disability Rights Activist/Philanthropist/Producer, Founder & Chair – Women Who Care; Frank A. Bennack Jr. – Chief Executive Officer, Hearst Corporation; Ellen Levine – Editorial Director, Hearst Magazines & Honorary Chair, Women Who Care; Glenda Bailey – Editor-in-Chief, Harpers Bazaar; Sharon Bush – Activist; Margaret Brennan – Anchor, Bloomberg News Television; Cara Buono – Star of the hit series Mad Men; Marshal Kennedy Carolan – Star of The Broadway hit Hair; Joanna Coles – Editor-in-Chief, Marie Claire; Wendy Diamond – Television Personality & Founder & President, Animal Fair Media; Patricia Duff – Founder of The Common Good and Soujouner Design; Lauren Embrey – President of The Embrey Family Foundation; Tamsen Fadal – Morning News Anchor, WPIX News Television; Josh Folan – Star of the upcoming film All God’s Creatures; Javier Gomez – noted photographer & Photo Editor, Colin Cowie Lifestyle; Liza Gross – Executive Director, International Women’s Media Foundation; Patrick Hazlewood – Supermodel & Entrepreneur; Toni Hope, Health Editor, Good Housekeeping; Gunnar Larson – CEO & President, Network Global.TV; Christopher Laul – Principal HOK; Barbara Lazaroff – Best Selling Author & President, Imaginings; Jonathan D. Lovitz – Host of the new hit series Set Up Squad; Claude Mann – Chairperson, Alfred E. Mann Foundation; Nancy Moonves – Founder & CEO of Lighten Up Productions LLC; Sara Peterson, Editor-in-Chief HGTV Magazine; Marlyne Sexton – President, Sexton Companies; Nicole Sexton – Chief of Staff, Central Park Conservancy; Janice Weinman Shorenstein, President, Kids In Distressed Situations, Inc.; Paula Shugart – President, Miss Universe Pageant; Hunt Slonem – famed Artist. Denise Rich – Philanthropist/Grammy Award® nominated Songwriter.


Edward R. Matthews, CEO, United Cerebral Palsy of New York City (UCP/NYC) and Michael Hill, Senior Vice President, External Affairs, United Cerebral Palsy (National), in from Washington D.C. attended this year’s event.


Past Women Who Care honorees in attendance included: Francine LeFrak, Dr. Pamela Gallin, Joan Jedell, Linda Kaplan Thaler, Maureen Lippe, JoanAnn Natola, Terrie Williams and Marie Wilson.


Worldwide Press Coverage:

Once again, this Year’s Women Who Care Luncheon generated worldwide press including Entertainment Tonight, Inside Edition, Good Day New York, People Magazine, New York Magazine, The A-List: New York, The Huffington Post, Red Carpet Network.TV, Real Beauty, Real Women, Palm Beach Society Magazine, USA;,; Hampton Sheet Magazine,,,,,, Good News Broadcasting, I Believe Incorporated. TV and many other national media outlets. All 10 of the top photo worldwide photo agencies sent photographers to cover including Patrick McMullan, Getty Images, WireImage, Globe Photos, Retna , Film Magic, London Photos, Associated Press and several other agencies. In addition, key press attended Women Who Care from Regis & Kelly, Harpers Bazaar, Good Housekeeping, WPIX News, NY1 News and other media.


About Women Who Care:


Women Who Care was created to honor female role models representing various segments of the community,” said Loreen Arbus, Founder & Chair of Women Who Care. “It is a celebration of women who have deep concern for others and are passionately committed to giving back. Their extraordinary accomplishments and great character have inspired women around the world to achieve their full potential.”


About United Cerebral Palsy of New York City:


UCP of NYC is one of America’s most established charities helping children and adults with disabilities throughout New York City. UCP of NYC currently serves more than 14,000 individuals and family members through more than 75 programs. The Mission of United Cerebral Palsy of New York City is to create opportunities for people with disabilities to lead independent and fulfilling lives