Voss Foundation’s Fifth Annual Women Helping Women New York Luncheon

Susan Fales Hill,  James Aguiar attend Voss Foundation's Fifth Annual  Women Helping Women New York Luncheon

Susan Fales Hill, James Aguiar attend Voss Foundation’s Fifth Annual
Women Helping Women New York Luncheon

The Voss Foundation hosted its fifth annual Women Helping Women New York Luncheon at the Dream Downtown. Over 2oo guests dined family-style amongst rustic décor and vibrant floral and oversized leaf centerpieces. Guests included Daniela Anastasio Bardazzi, Kedma Brown, Sophie Elgort, Janis Gardner Cecil, Andrea Greeven Douzet, Nina Griscom, Rory Hermelee, Saran Kaba Jones (2011 Honoree), Millen Magese, Wangechi Mutu, Oluchi Orlandi, Jane Sutherland, Latham Thomas, Consuleo Vanderbilt Costin and Bonnie Young.
 
Susan Fales-Hill, writer, producer, author, served as a lively and engaging Mistress of Ceremonies, sharing stories and encouraging guests to donate “at least what they spent on their last outfit” t0 the organization.
 
Noella Coursaris Munsunka, Founder of the Georges Malaika Foundation (GMF) and 2010 Women Helping Women honoree, presented the dedicated 2014 Women Helping Women project. This year marks Voss Foundation’s return to the community of Kalebuka, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where it began the Women Helping Women initiative in 2010. Because of the extensive work that the organization has done in the area over the past five years, more and more people have joined the community and its needs have increased as a result. The current project is raising funds to construct two wells with GMF, to enhance access to clean water for the students of the GMF School for Girls and their families.
 
James Aguiar, National Fashion Director for Modern Luxury, presented this year’s
Women Helping Women honorees: Kristy Caylor and Rebecca van Bergen. Caylor is the Co-Founder, President and Creative Director of Maiyet and van Bergen is the Founder and Executive Director of Nest. Aguiar also introduced jewelry designer Karen Egren who presented one of her necklaces to the honorees.
 
Throughout the luncheon, guests shopped the foundation’s celebrated
African Bazaar, that sells artisanal handmade jewelry, scarves, baskets, and toys purchased directly from communities in Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Liberia, Swaziland, and Uganda where the organization works.
 
“The best ideas are simple and the Voss Foundation is dedicated to the clear principle that potable, clean water is the life’s blood of a community,” Fales-Hill explains. “With an efficient, stream-lined, non-paternalistic operation, Voss Foundation helps villages in Sub-Saharan Africa thrive by helping them create local, easily accessible sources of clean water, something we in the West expect as a birth right.”
 
Combined ticket and table sales, project donations, and Bazaar purchased totaled $96,000.00.
 
The afternoon received support from Publicis Groupe, Modern Luxury MANHATTAN, ITIMACY, VOSS Artesian Water, Jackson Family Wines, Studio3, Mama Glow, Karen Egren Jewelry.
Voss Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing access to clean water to communities in Sub-Saharan Africa and raising awareness of ongoing need to the region. Founded by the directors of VOSS of Norway ASA as an independent  501(c)(3) public charity in 2008, with offices in New York and Oslo, Voss Foundation has changed the lives of over 100,000 people in Kenya, Mali, Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Liberia and Swaziland. www.thevossfoundation.org
 
Women Helping Women (WHW) is a Voss Foundation global, grassroots initiative that has already funded 19 clean water access points and 291 sanitation facilities in Kenya, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Liberia and Swaziland. When circumstances permit, WHW donors have the unique opportunity to travel to project sites and meet the women and communities they have helped. In addition to the third annual San Francisco event, 2014 WHW events have taken or are planned to take place in Oslo, Boston, and New York.

 

 

Rebecca van Bergen and Maiyet's Kristy Caylor attend Voss Foundation's Fifth Annual  Women Helping Women New York Luncheon

Rebecca van Bergen and Maiyet’s Kristy Caylor attend Voss Foundation’s Fifth Annual
Women Helping Women New York Luncheon

Supermodel Oluchi Orlandi attends Voss Foundation's Fifth Annual  Women Helping Women New York Luncheon

Supermodel Oluchi Orlandi attends Voss Foundation’s Fifth Annual
Women Helping Women New York Luncheon

Voss Foundation's Fifth Annual  Women Helping Women New York Luncheon

Voss Foundation’s Fifth Annual
Women Helping Women New York Luncheon

Millen Magese and Eunice Omole attend Voss Foundation's Fifth Annual Women Helping Women New York Luncheon

Millen Magese and Eunice Omole attend Voss Foundation’s Fifth Annual Women Helping Women New York Luncheon

Noelle Coursaris Musunka attends Voss Foundation's Fifth Annual Women Helping Women New York Luncheon

Noelle Coursaris Musunka attends Voss Foundation’s Fifth Annual Women Helping Women New York Luncheon

Voss Foundation's Fifth Annual Women Helping Women New York Luncheon

Voss Foundation’s Fifth Annual Women Helping Women New York Luncheon

Voss Foundation's Fifth Annual Women Helping Women New York Luncheon

Voss Foundation’s Fifth Annual Women Helping Women New York Luncheon

Noella Coursaris Musunka, Voss Water's CMO Ken Gilbert and Voss Foundation's Executive Director Kara Gerson attend Voss Foundation's Fifth Annual Women Helping Women New York Luncheon

Noella Coursaris Musunka, Voss Water’s CMO Ken Gilbert and Voss Foundation’s Executive Director Kara Gerson attend Voss Foundation’s Fifth Annual Women Helping Women New York Luncheon

Kedma Brown and Jane Sutherland attend Voss Foundation's Fifth Annual Women Helping Women New York Luncheon

Kedma Brown and Jane Sutherland attend Voss Foundation’s Fifth Annual Women Helping Women New York Luncheon

Nina Griscom attends Voss Foundation's Fifth Annual Women Helping Women New York Luncheon

Nina Griscom attends Voss Foundation’s Fifth Annual Women Helping Women New York Luncheon

Sophie Elgort attends Voss Foundation's Fifth Annual Women Helping Women New York Luncheon

Sophie Elgort attends Voss Foundation’s Fifth Annual Women Helping Women New York Luncheon

Bonnie Young, Latham Thomas attend Voss Foundation's Fifth Annual Women Helping Women New York Luncheon

Bonnie Young, Latham Thomas attend Voss Foundation’s Fifth Annual Women Helping Women New York Luncheon

Susan Kauffman attends Voss Foundation's Fifth Annual Women Helping Women New York Luncheon

Susan Kauffman attends Voss Foundation’s Fifth Annual Women Helping Women New York Luncheon

Beth Redmond, Melissa Hillas attend Voss Foundation's Fifth Annual Women Helping Women New York Luncheon

Beth Redmond, Melissa Hillas attend Voss Foundation’s Fifth Annual Women Helping Women New York Luncheon

Kara Gerson, Janis Gardner Ceci attend Voss Foundation's Fifth Annual Women Helping Women New York Luncheon

Kara Gerson, Janis Gardner Ceci attend Voss Foundation’s Fifth Annual Women Helping Women New York Luncheon

Voss Foundation's Fifth Annual Women Helping Women New York Luncheon

Voss Foundation’s Fifth Annual Women Helping Women New York Luncheon

Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin, James Aguiar attend Voss Foundation's Fifth Annual  Women Helping Women New York Luncheon

Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin, James Aguiar attend Voss Foundation’s Fifth Annual
Women Helping Women New York Luncheon

Karen Klopp attends Voss Foundation's Fifth Annual  Women Helping Women New York Luncheon

Karen Klopp attends Voss Foundation’s Fifth Annual
Women Helping Women New York Luncheon

Edris Nichols, Dr Rosemarie Ingleton, Kerry Chandler and Julia Erickson attend Voss Foundation's Fifth Annual  Women Helping Women New York Luncheon

Edris Nichols, Dr Rosemarie Ingleton, Kerry Chandler and Julia Erickson attend Voss Foundation’s Fifth Annual
Women Helping Women New York Luncheon

Voss Foundation's Fifth Annual Women Helping Women New York Luncheon

Voss Foundation’s Fifth Annual Women Helping Women New York Luncheon

Etienne Aigner's Creative Director Daniela Anastasio Bardazzi attend Voss Foundation's Fifth Annual Women Helping Women New York Luncheon

Etienne Aigner’s Creative Director Daniela Anastasio Bardazzi attend Voss Foundation’s Fifth Annual Women Helping Women New York Luncheon

Susan Fales Hill, Rebecca van Bergen, Kristy Caylor, Kara Gerson attend Voss Foundation's Fifth Annual Women Helping Women New York Luncheon

Susan Fales Hill, Rebecca van Bergen, Kristy Caylor, Kara Gerson attend Voss Foundation’s Fifth Annual Women Helping Women New York Luncheon

 

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