On June 17, The Women’s Forum of New York hosted the 9th Annual Elly Awards Luncheon benefiting The Education Fund of the Women’s Forum at The Plaza Hotel in New York City. The awards, named for the Women’s Forum founder Elinor Guggenheimer, honor outstanding women leaders. This year marked the 32nd anniversary of the Education Fund of the Women’s Forum, which has helped over 260 women, age 35 and over, whose lives have been disrupted by extreme adversity, complete their college degrees.
Recipients were Katie Couric, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, and Muriel Fox.
Linda A. Willett, President of the Women’s Forum of New York, gave opening remarks and introduced Barbara Marcus, President of the Education Fund, who discussed the Education Fund and introduced this year’s Education Fellows.
Mika Brzezinski, MSNBC Co-Host of Morning Joe and Founder, Know Your Value, gave keynote remarks.
“What we’re celebrating here today is boosting young women and getting them in the door,” stated Brzezinski. “I can promise you she will never let you down and she will spend the rest of her life giving back, paying it forward and helping other women.”
This year’s Elly Award presenters were Linda A. Willett, who presented the Icon Award to Katie Couric in absentia; Marcy Syms, Vice President of the Women’s Forum, who presented the Elly Award to Muriel Fox; and Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney who presented the Elly Award to Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton.
“The Women’s Forum of New York is comprised of the most accomplished and successful women in the city from every professional sector. We know from our own success how critical education is, so our Education Fund is one way we ‘give back’ – helping women age 35 and over whose lives have been disrupted by extreme adversity complete their education and get their lives back on track. We hope we inspire them, because their dreams, drive, and determination certainly inspire us,” said Linda A. Willett, President of the Women’s Forum of New York.
VIPs who attended the event included: New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, Liz Neumark, Joan Haffenreffer, Daisey Holmes, Rikki Klieman, Doris Meister, Jonelle Procope, Deirdre Quinn, Ann Sarnoff, Marcy Syms, and Deborah Trudeau.
For more information about The Women’s Forum of New York go to: https://www.womensforumny.org/
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