L'Oreal Paris announces "Women of Worth 2011" national honorees
including our own Cora White 
& the Partners in Foster Care organization...

We have great news! 
L’Oreal Paris has awarded Cora White the prestigious honor of Women Of Worth, 2011
for her volunteer efforts.

Cora White, founder Foster Care Partners For the past 20 plus years, she has volunteered approximately sixty hours per week with our charity, Partners in Foster Care. aka: Foster Care Children & Family Fund.

As a recipient, our organization has been awarded $10,000.00! We're thrilled about this amazing recognition and the cash prize which is so helpful for our charity.

Now our organization has the opportunity of winning an additional $25,000 but we really need your help! There will be a public online vote for National Women of Worth beginning November 7th.  We'll need your vote to help the efforts of "Partners in Foster Care" aka: Foster Care Children and Family Fund.

Winning an additional $25,000 donation would certainly mean our charity could provide more services, scholarships and programs to children in foster care.

To learn more please visit: Women of Worth
or become a fan on the: Women of Worth Facebook Page.

Please, Hurry, voting ends November 23, 2011!

You can follow our progress & get more fostering news on our Facebook Page: FCCFF Facebook Page.


L’Oréal Paris Honors Madison, Wisconsin Resident Cora White

in the Sixth Annual Women of Worth Awards

You can vote for Cora (once per email address)

as the National Honoree anytime November 7 – November 23

here: womenofworth.com

Madison, WI (November 7, 2011) – Madison resident Cora White has been honored as a Woman of Worth by L’Oréal Paris for her work with the Foster Care Children and Family Fund. This global non-profit organization provides a variety of services to support children in foster and out-of-home placement, including everything from educational training for foster parents to ensuring each child receives a gift during the holidays. Cora is one of ten honorees from across the country that will be recognized for her extraordinary volunteer achievements and positive influence on her community.



Each of the incredible honorees has received $10,000 for her charitable cause and will be recognized at an awards ceremony and dinner hosted by Hearst Magazines and L'Oréal Paris on December 8th in New York City. At the event, one National Honoree, chosen via a public online vote, will be announced, and she will receive an additional $25,000 for her charity.



Public online voting for the Women of Worth National Honoree is open from today (November 7th) through November 23rd on the womenofworth.com site. Visitors to the site will vote once per email address for their favorite Woman of Worth, and the honoree with the most votes will be named National Honoree.



Cora took in her first foster child in 1988 to help a member of her family. After a few months, his social worker suggested she take on more children since the young boy had such a positive experience. Cora, who was continuing to welcome foster children into her home, had a turning point when she agreed to take in a 15-year-old boy on Christmas Eve. The young man, who came armed with simply one pair of pants and one shirt, received his first-ever holiday gifts while staying with Cora. From this moment, she vowed to make sure that every foster child was able to have some type of holiday gift and celebration.


The following year, Cora founded her charity, Partners in Foster Care, Inc. (now Foster Care Children and Family Fund), with the goal of providing gifts to foster children during the holidays. Since its inception, the Madison-based program has served more than 150,000 children worldwide. The fund ensures that foster parents have the proper educational training and the necessities for children like books, personal hygiene items and access to the arts. Expanding globally, Cora has opened a 50-bed foster home in India, as well as 12 medical facilities including clinics and pharmacies.


Cora served as CEO and President of the National Foster Parent Association for four years, and she was the first woman and the first African American to serve in this 25-year-old organization. Cora has personally touched the lives of more than 200 foster children – many of whom often return home to visit. To learn more about the Foster Care Children and Family Fund, visit www.fostering.us.


“I am so honored to be chosen as a L’Oréal Paris Woman of Worth,” said Cora White, L’Oréal Paris Woman of Worth honoree and founder of the Foster Care Children and Family Fund. “This generous award is going to allow the Foster Care Children and Family Fund to continue making a positive impact in my community and beyond. It is truly a privilege to be among the company of these ten amazing women.”


This year’s amazing honorees represent a wide range of social causes and commitments. The women behind these organizations are living proof that one person can make a difference:

Ann Solorio Brownell – San Jose, CA; Founder of The Amanda Network, an organization dedicated to combating bullying and preventing the tragic suicide attempts of bullied victims.

Cora White – Madison, WI; CEO, Board President and proud foster parent for the Foster Care Children and Family Fund, which provides a variety of services to support children in foster and out-of-home placement, including everything from educational training for foster parents to ensuring each child receives a gift during the holidays.

Dr. Barbara Summey Marshall – Fayetteville, NC; Volunteer CEO at Steps & Stages: Women Veterans Resource Agency, Inc., a global non-profit agency dedicated to connecting transitioning female veterans and their families with necessary services and support.

Gina Keatley – New York, NY; CEO and Director of Nutrition at Nourishing NYC/USA, a community food program that strives to provide “nutrition for all” in New York City and throughout America.

Gretchen Holt Witt – Califon, NJ; Founder of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, a non-profit committed to raising funds to support research for new and improved therapies for pediatric cancer, the leading cause of death by disease for children under the age of 18 in the United States.

Pilar Pinel – Long Beach, CA; Founder of Embracing Latina Leadership Alliances (ELLAS), an organization dedicated to the educational, professional and political advancement of Latina youth.

Shanta Barton Stubbs – Orlando, FL; Founder of the New Image Youth Center, an educational and recreational safe haven for at-risk youth.

Sheila Warnock – New York, NY; Co-author of Share The Care and Founder and President of ShareTheCaregiving, Inc., an organization that empowers people to pool their efforts in caregiving for family and friends. This model eases the burden on individual caregivers and ultimately improves the quality of life for the seriously ill, disabled and aging.

Stephanie M. Clark – Atlanta, GA; Founder and National Director for Project Single Moms Worldwide, Inc., a national advocacy and empowerment movement for single moms.

Susan Munsey – San Diego, CA; CEO, Executive Director and “House Mom” of Generate Hope, an organization that provides a long-term recovery program for young women who have been sexually exploited.


The Women of Worth honorees were chosen by an elite group of judges including: Marc Speichert, Chief Marketing Officer of L'Oréal USA; Karen Fondu, President of L'Oréal Paris; Nathalie Kristo, Senior Vice President of Marketing for L'Oréal Paris; Jacqueline Hernandez, Chief Operating Officer of Telemundo Communications Group; Soledad O’Brien, CNN Anchor and Lisa Oz, President of Ozworks, a media and investment consulting company.



The Women of Worth initiative, now in its sixth year, is inspired by L’Oréal Paris’ iconic brand philosophy, “Because You’re Worth It.” Each of these honorees truly embodies the spirit of the L’Oréal Paris brand through their commitment to their communities, their selflessness and their drive to make a difference in the world.  Since its inception, the L’Oréal Paris Women of Worth program has recognized 60 women for their outstanding commitment to their causes.


“L’Oréal Paris is proud that Women of Worth is setting the bar for honoring the significant contributions of real women,” said L’Oréal Paris president Karen Fondu. “These inspirational women are making measurable differences on both a local and national level. We celebrate their accomplishments and welcome them to the Women of Worth family.”


For more information about the Women of Worth Program, honoree bios and to vote for the 2011 Women of Worth National Honoree, please visit womenofworth.com.




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