Giving Back

Celebrities & VIPs Attend the Star-Studded 11th Annual Women Who Care Luncheon

NEW YORK, NEW YORK  May 7, 2012  – The 11th Annual Women Who Care Luncheon benefitting United Cerebral Palsy of New York City was held Thursday, May 3rd at Cipriani 42nd Street. The sold-out event celebrated the accomplishments of extraordinary women as caregivers, volunteers, and professionals.

Loreen Arbus, Disability Rights Activist/Philanthropist/Producer, is Founder & Chair of Women Who Care.

Ellen Levine, Editorial Director, Hearst Magazines is Honorary Chair.

Donna Hanover served as Host for the event for the 11th consecutive year.

Robin Givens & Paula Zahn are the Co-Chairs of Women Who Care.

Highlights of this year’s Women Who Care event included award presentations by nearly a dozen celebrities and VIPS:

  • BARBARA ANNIS, Founder & CEO, Barbara Annis & Associates, Inc., was presented the Women Who Care Award by:

CYNTHIA MCFADDEN, Six time Emmy® winner & Co-Anchor of Nightline & Primetime.

  • PATRICIA DUFF, Founder of The Common Good, was presented the Women Who Care Award by:

MARIA CUOMO COLE, Chairman of the board, Help USA.

  • AMY LEE, Lead Singer & Co-Founder of the Grammy-nominated band Evanescence

was presented the Luella Bennack Service Award by:

CARA BUONO, Emmy® nominated star of Mad Men fame.

  • ROBIN ROBERTS, Co-Host of ABC’s Good Morning America was presented the Women Who Care Award by:

DIANE VON FURSTENBERG, Chairman and Founder, DVF Studio & Award Winning Designer.

  • MARGARET PUDDINGTON, Founder of the Coalition of Families for Direct Support Staff in Services for People with Developmental Disabilities, was presented with the Karen Hansen Caregiver Award by:

SUSAN LUCCI, Emmy® winner, New York Times Best Selling Author & former Women Who Care Award Honoree.

Paula Zahn – Co-Chair of Women Who Care & Emmy® Award winning Host of On The Case With Paula Zahn and Women Who Care Co-Chair Robin Givens gave opening remarks, and Host Donna Hanover introduced Women Who Care Founder/Chair Loreen Arbus.

In addition to Cara Buono, Maria Cuomo Cole, Cynthia McFadden, Diane von Furstenberg and Susan Lucci, celebrity presenters included: Camilla Barungi, Project Runway -Supermodel/Entrepreneur & Activist; Frank Bennack Jr. – President and CEO of the Hearst Corporation; Maurice DuBois – Four time Emmy® winner & Anchor CBS Evening News in New York; Ellen Levine – Editorial Director of Hearst Magazines; Ali Stroker – Star of The Glee Project; Mike Woods – Meteorologist & Reporter, Fox 5’s Good Day New York; Kurt Yaeger – Star of the hit film Dolphin Tale & the upcoming The Pod & The Real Deal.

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. 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; Debbie Bancroft, New York Socialite; Leslie Bennetts, Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair & The Huffington Post; Sissy Biggers, Correspondent, The Today Show; Barbara Bradley Baekgaard, Co-Founder, Vera Bradley; Sharon Bush, Activist; Terrell Thomas Chukwujiorhah, Time/Warner’s Person of the week; Catherine Crier, Emmy® Award winning Journalist, former Judge & Best Selling Author; Wendy Diamond, Founder & President, Animal Fair Media; Kafi Drexel, Chief Medical & Fitness Reporter, NY1 News Television; Dave Eggar, Grammy® Award winning musician; Tamsen Fadal – Morning Anchor, WPIX News Television; Dina Fanai, Singer/producer/songwriter; Jill Flint, Star of the hit series Royal Pains; Rita Henley Jensen, Founder/Editor-in-chief, Women’s eNews; Caroline Hirsch, Caroline’s Comedy Club; Javier Gomez, Noted photojournalist/Activist; James Grant, President, JGPR; Sandy Kenyon, Entertainment Reporter, ABC Eyewitness News; Rachael Kun, 60 Minutes & CBS Evening News; Christopher Laul, Senior Principal, HOK; Terry Lawler, Executive Director, New York Women In Film; Debbie Loeffler, model/entrepreneur; Jonathan D. Lovitz, Set Up Squad; Edward R. Matthews, CEO, United Cerebral Palsy of New York City; Ari Melber, Correspondent, The Nation; Pat Mitchell, Emmy® Award Winning President & CEO, The Paley Center for Media; Joe Paolino, U.S. Ambassador to Malta; Elinor Tatum, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief, Amsterdam News; Felicia Taylor, Anchor-correspondent, CNN International’s World Business Today; Stacey Tisdale, Award winning Business Correspondent, PBS’ Need To Know: Ted Turner, Founder, Cable News Network & Chairman, The Turner Foundation; Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Television Personality/therapist.

FORMER WOMEN WHO CARE HONOREES ATTENDING INCLUDED: Roxanne Mankin Cason, Helene Craner, Francine LeFrak, Dr. Pamela Gallin, Maureen Lippe, Susan Lucci, Patrice Tanaka, Willie Mae Goodman, Joan Jedell, JoanAnn Natola, Judith Livingston, Susan Williams, Terrie Williams and Marie Wilson.

Hearst Corporation was Presenting Sponsor of Women Who Care.

Worldwide Press Coverage:

Once again, this year’s Women Who Care Luncheon generated worldwide press including Entertainment Tonight/The Insider, Inside Edition, Fox 5 News, Good Day New York, People Magazine, WPIX News, The New York Post, The Huffington Post,, Red Carpet Network.TV, Real Beauty, Real Women, Palm Beach Society Magazine, Hampton Sheet Magazine,,, New York Culture & Style;;, LookToTheStars, Livid Magazine,, Good News Broadcast, Michaela.TV, and many other national media outlets. All 10 of the top photo worldwide photo agencies sent photographers to cover including Getty Images, WireImage, Globe Photos, Starpix, Retna , Film Magic, London Photos, Associated Press, WENN, SIPA and several other agencies. In addition, key press attended Women Who Care from 60 Minutes, Vanity Fair, CBS News, NY1 News, Amsterdam News and other media.

 About Women Who Care:

Women Who Care was created to honor female role models representing various segments of the community,” says 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:

United Cerebral Palsy of New York City (UCP of NYC) is one of America’s most established non-profits offering services, information, and support to 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 comprehensive 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. UCP of NYC is proud to be a provider, partner, and employer of choice.

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