Maybelline New York Honors Women Who Empower Through Education

Maybelline New York Salutes Ten Inspirational Women who have made a

Difference through Education in Upcoming New York City Event

Nov 01, 2007, 01:00 ET from Maybelline New York

    NEW YORK, Nov. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Cosmetics mega-brand, Maybelline New
 York, has joined forces with PEOPLE, People en Espanol and Essence
 magazines to honor ten inspirational women who have made a difference in
 their communities through the power of education. The program salutes women
 who work every day to motivate, teach, mentor and elevate people's lives
 through education by creating unique programs within their communities.
 Maybelline New York honored these ten women at a luncheon event in New York
 City today at the New York Public Library. Maybelline New York spokeswomen
 Danna Garcia, Tomiko Fraser, Erin Wasson and lifestyle expert to the stars,
 Phillip Bloch will be on-hand to salute the winners. Sharon Cohen and Oral
 Lee Brown, two of last year's winners, will also be on hand.
     (Photo: )
     The program now in its third year, is a four-month cause-related
 program for Maybelline New York. The campaign pays homage to ten
 outstanding women who have made a difference and worked in support of
 educational causes for their communities.
     "Maybelline New York knows that education is the tool that opens doors
 to endless possibilities," says Karen Fondu, President of Maybelline New
 York-Garnier. "Through our education program, we are able to give back and
 continue to support women who are making a real difference through
     To select the ten honorees, PEOPLE, People en Espanol and Essence
 magazines announced the contest through a promotional advertisement in the
 September issues of the publications. The in-book unit drove customers to
 the Maybelline New York website (, where they
 were asked to submit a photo and inspirational story about how they have
 made a difference in their community by supporting educational initiatives.
     A panel of judges from Maybelline New York, PEOPLE, People en Espanol
 and Essence magazines selected a total of ten women-four readers from
 PEOPLE four from Essence and three from People en Espanol -- to receive the
 Grand Prize package. Each honoree will receive a $10,000 grant donated to
 their affiliated educational cause along with their photo and story
 pictured in a follow up spread in each magazine including PEOPLE's November
 5th issue date and the December issues of People en Espanol and Essence.
 Maybelline New York will officially present each of the ten honorees with
 their $10,000 grant at a special luncheon hosted in their honor in New York
 City on November 1st.
     The 2007 Maybelline New York honorees are:
     PEOPLE Magazine:
     -- Dr. Lois Frankel (Pasadena, CA): Founder of MOSTE (Motivating Our
        Students Through Education), a mentoring organization that provides
        inner city girls with positive role models and guidance to a better
        future. In June 2007, one of MOSTE's mentored girls graduated cum laude
        from Yale
     -- Valerie Hill-Jackson (Houston, TX): Founder of BOF (Barnabas Outreach
        Foundation), a foundation that emphasizes human potential.  Valerie was
        the twelfth of 13 children born to illiterate migrant workers. Now she
        provides college prep workshops, leadership workshops and scholarship
        opportunities so that every student can enter the workforce as an
        empowered leader
     -- Janine Lee (San Diego, CA): Founder of Capture the Dream, a non-profit
        organization for children from low-income homes.  Janine took her
        passion for volunteering and created a charity that holds school supply
        drives, provides mentorship programs and organizes family outings
     -- Abigail Rosin (New York, NY): Owner of Groove With Me, a free dance
        studio and after school program that allows inner city to find a safe
        haven and help build confidence. Groove With Me provides a sense of
        self that helps young girls overcome their fears, recognize their
        potential and ultimately achieve their goals
     People en Espanol Magazine:
     -- Marcelina Fernandez: Dedicated counselor at the College Assistance
        Migrant Program, which assists students who are migratory or seasonal
        farmworkers (or children of such workers) enrolled in their first year
        of undergraduate studies
     -- Raquel Lee: Family advocate at the Greenfield Family Resource Center,
        which advocates and supports families in the community to improve the
        education, health, safety, social and emotional success of families by
        providing them access to needed resources
     -- Dora Maria Abreu (New York, NY): Volunteer for the program FIRST (For
        Inspiration And Recognition Of Science and Technology), which
        encourages and inspires young people's interest  and participation in
        science and technology.
     Essence Magazine:
     -- Dr. Lynne Holden (New York, NY): Co-founder of Mentoring in Medicine,
        which pairs minority health care professionals with students in urban
        areas, encouraging them to pursue professions within health care. With
        the support of Mentoring in Medicine, socio-economically disadvantaged
        students are empowered to achieve their goals
     -- Darlene Willis (San Diego, CA): Founder of College Bound San Diego, an
        organization that helps African-American students prepare for college
        through tutoring, community service, campus tours and seminars
     -- Sheila Joseph (New York, NY): Founder of East New York Prep, a tuition-
        free school located in a poverty stricken area of Brooklyn, NY.  The
        school gives the opportunity to students to achieve their dreams by
        building confidence through education
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 technologically advanced formulations with on-trend expertise to create
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