I know I don’t often post things that aren’t strickly beauty related, but when I heard about one of my favorite brand’s yearly event, I had to spread the word. L’Oréal Paris Women of Worth Awards is in its eight year – but this round marks something new. Not only has “Glee” actress Lea Michele signed on as the newest WOW ambassador but the format of the program has changed slightly.
Since 2006, the Women Of Worth program has honored and celebrated 70 inspiring women who selflessly made a difference in their communities through volunteerism, charitable efforts and compassion. Past honorees have been involved in a diverse array of causes. They have advocated for victims of childhood abuse, mentored homeless youth to help break the cycle of poverty, and empowered teens with disabilities. These Women Of Worth have selflessly devoted themselves to causes at the local and national level, and have motivated others to get involved.
Past honorees have also run the gamut when it comes to the age of these incredible women – ranging from 18 to 90 – proving that anyone can give back. So this year, the WOW program has made exciting adjustments to the nomination period (open now through June 14th), and organize honorees into five groups by decade, recognizing women across a wide range of ages: 18-29 year olds, 30-39 year olds, 40-49 year olds, 50-59 year olds and 60+ year olds. Two winners will be chosen from each age group.
Ten honorees will be selected by a private panel of judges, with each woman receiving $10,000 for her charitable cause. In the past, awareness of honorees’ charities has increased resulting in organizational growth of up to 1,000%, and additional support through volunteerism and donations. Following this announcement, the public will be invited to vote online for the woman they find most inspiring. This woman will be named the 2013 National Honoree and will receive an additional $25,000 for her charity. All ten honorees will be recognized at a star-studded awards ceremony and dinner hosted by L’Oréal Paris in New York City this December.
For more information on the Women Of Worth Program, nomination applications, and the inspiring stories of past honorees, please visit WomenOfWorth.com.