Downtown believes in charity and helping others. While we cannot attend or donate to every charity event, we can offer our platform to share news about your non for profit organization both digitally and print. Women Helping Women was brought to my attention via our Spring 2016 cover talent, Gaby Karan De Felice and her friend Deborah Hughes, we are honored to share their success and dedication of helping other women and share another successful event Hamptons bazaar luncheon.
On Monday, August 7th, we celebrate as Voss Foundation held its third annual Women Helping Women Hamptons Luncheon at Gabby Karan De Felice’s restaurant Tutto il Giorno for over 90 guests. Throughout the luncheon, guests shopped Voss Foundation’s celebrated bazaar that includes handmade candles, objets d’art, scarves, homeware and toys purchased directly from communities where the organization works.
Notable attendees included Gabby Karan De Felice, Cristina Cuomo, Paola Bacchini Rosenshein, Yana Balan, Diana Buxton, Lydia Carlston, Sophie Elgort, Pamela Fiori, Lindy Gad, Kara Gerson, Andrea Greeven Douzet, Melinda Hackett, Nina Griscom, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Jane Karsh, Sandy Leong, Dorothy Lichenstein, Jen Marden, Jessica Mezzacappa, Marisa Rose van Bokhorst, Kelli Shaughnessy and Deborah Srb.
Veteran fashion entrepreneur, Frederick Anderson, served as master of ceremonies to the Hamptons bazaar luncheon. He praised Voss Foundation for their unwavering dedication to approaching the African culture with pride and truly listening to the needs of African people. Anderson then introduced Mariama Camara, the 1st honoree of the event and praised her extensive efforts to give back to the women of her birthplace through employment in her company, Mariam Fashion Company and speaking out of behalf of the underserved at the United Nations. Camara graciously accepted the honor and recalled starting co-founding The Is No Limit Foundation with her sister with only $18. Experiencing the generosity of people to willingly share what little they have has made her determined to help women gain access to clean water and a healthier life.
The 2nd honoree of the day, Krista Krieger, co-founder of Empowers Africa, has long been involved with Africa with grants having been given to over 35 organizations to aid in areas of healthcare, education, small business development, wildlife protection and land conservation. Krieger has traveled throughout Africa extensively and was honored by Applause Africa with its African Diaspora Award.
Combined ticket sales, dedicated project donations and Bazaar purchases totaled over $35,000.00.
The afternoon received support from VOSS water, Tutto il Giorno, the Purist Hamptons Magazine, Empower Cocktails and Chateau Ste Michelle.
High-resolution images are available HERE (photo credit: Patrice Casanova).
About Voss Foundation
Voss Foundation is dedicated to providing access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene as a means to enable community-driven development in Sub-Saharan Africa, and raising awareness of the ongoing need in the region. Founded by the directors of VOSS of Norway, ASA as an independent 501(c)(3) public charity, Voss Foundation has offices in New York and Oslo. Since our inception in 2008, Voss Foundation has helped to build 124 water access points and 462 sanitation facilities in Kenya, Mali, Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Liberia, Swaziland, and Uganda (as of June 2015).
About Women Helping Women
Women Helping Women (WHW) is a Voss Foundation global, grassroots initiative that brings together champions of clean water to improve the lives of women and their communities worldwide. The WHW network has already funded 21 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 Women Helping Women Beach, 2015 WHW events are planned or have taken place in Boston and New York.