May 14, 2010 | 1:27 PM
Yesterday morning The New York Women’s Foundation hosted their annual breakfast at the Hilton Hotel in midtown Manhattan. Over 2,300 people attended the event, which was emceed by Soledad O’brien, anchor and special correspondent for CNN. Billed as “the premiere fundraising event for women of conscience in New York City”, 68 organizations and three special guests were honored for their dedication to women’s empowerment in the greater New York area.
Grameen America, recipient of a $70,000 grant from NYWF, was among those recognized for our commitment to helping women through microfinance. Grameen America’s attendees included Seema Gohil, Rakhi Patel, VP Leslie Kane, and CEO Stephen A. Vogel.
R&B Icon Mary J. Blige headlined the event’s special honorees and received a Vision Award for her newly established FFAWN Foundation. Fashion designer Eileen Fisher also received a Vision Award for her commitment to ethical business practices and funding grant programs for women entrepreneurs. In addition, Margarita Rosa, Esq. was honored as the recipient of the Celebrating Women Award for her promotion of social justice for women. They joined a prestigious list of former NYWF honorees that include Madeleine Albright, Christiane Amanpour, and Agnes Gund.
While billed as a fundraising event, the breakfast was also a thrilling look into the combined efforts of New York based Non-Profit Organizations and was a pleasant reminder that Grameen America is not alone on it’s mission to help those in need.