Avon Honors Global Champions in the Fight Against Breast Cancer and Domestic Violence at the Avon Foundation Global Voices for Change Gala
Avon Products, Inc. celebrated the culmination of its 125th anniversary at the Avon Foundation for Women Global Voices for Change Gala on November 2, 2011 by honoring global champions working to end breast cancer and domestic violence, and by announcing the winners of Avon's first-ever global online singing talent search for women and songwriting competition for women and men, Avon Voices. Avon Chairman and CEO Andrea Jung, Fergie, Natasha Bedingfield, Ashley Greene and more than 800 guests and performers from 39 countries attended this star-studded celebration at the Marriot Marquis in New York City's Times Square, which raised more than $2.3 million for the Avon Foundation for Women.
"This year we are thrilled that our awards reflect the truly global nature of our critical work to eradicate breast cancer and violence against women. Tonight, we honor the dedication and support of our partners around the world who share in our commitment to improve the lives of women," said Andrea Jung. "By the end of this year — our 125th year — Avon global philanthropy will have donated more than $860 million, thanks to the grassroots efforts of our network of 6.5 million Representatives, 40,000 Associates and hundreds of millions of consumers — making us the largest corporate philanthropy focused solely on women's causes in the world."
Avon Foundation for Women Global Awards Recipients
Global Breast Cancer Medical Advancement Champions
- Barretos Cancer Hospital (Brazil): Barretos Cancer Hospital, a center of excellence in oncology care located in rural Brazil that assists nearly 3,000 patients per day, nearly all of them low-income and all part of the Brazilian public health system.
- Stowarzyszenie Amazonki (Poland): Stowarzyszenie Amazonki, the Association of Amazon Women, provides cancer rehabilitation and education activities for 15,000 breast cancer survivors at 140 sites throughout Poland.
2011 Global Community Advocacy Champions
- Women’s Crisis Center (Philippines): Women’s Crisis Center in Quezon City, Philippines provides life-saving work to support victims of domestic violence in the form of crisis intervention, counseling, temporary shelter, education and training services. It also serves as secretariat for the National Network of Family Violence Prevention Programs.
- Refuge (United Kingdom): Refuge is the largest single provider of specialized domestic violence services in the United Kingdom. It helps disadvantaged, homeless, and abused women and children rebuild their lives.
2011 Voice for Change Champion
- Cynthia Leive, editor-in-chief of Glamour Magazine: Cynthia Leive received the award in recognition of Glamour’s commitment to empowering and educating women by calling attention to the critical issue of partner violence. Earlier this year, the Avon Foundation partnered with Glamour in the Tell Somebody text-to-donate campaign that raised awareness and funds for the National Domestic Violence Hotline. Read more about this campaign here.
Read a full recap of the event here.
Special thanks to the 2011 Avon Foundation Gala Leadership Committee
Jack Bankier - Bankier Companies, Inc
Christophe de Villeplee - International Flavors & Fragrances Inc.
Francisco D’Souza - Cognizant
Patrick Firmenich - Firmenich
Jeffrey R. Immelt - General Electric Company
Paul Ireland - Takasago International Corporation
Mario Maffei - Verla International
Victor Rodriguez - Vitro Packaging LLC
Philip Rogers - DLA Piper
Jay Scansaroli - Deloitte
Frank Van Veenendaal - Salesforce.com