NoVo in the Media

Women Celebrated and Supported at the 22nd Annual Gloria Awards

24 May 2010
BY Sophie Rosenblum
PUBLISHED IN Tonic Magazine

The Ms. Foundation’s Gloria Awards honors activists and philanthropists alike.

The Gloria Awards: A National Salute to Women of Vision were held Thursday night at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in New York City. The Ms. Foundation organizes the Gloria Awards to celebrate grassroots activists and their supporters whose vision aids in creating a just and all-encompassing democracy. Ms. Foundation President, Sara K. Gould and a co-founder of the Ms. Foundation, Gloria Steinem (for whom the awards are named), hosted the event.

Established in 1973, the Ms. Foundation has granted more than $50 million to organizations across the country looking to elevate women’s voices and to help to bring positive change. According to the website, the Ms. Foundation “delivers strategic grants, capacity building and leadership development to over 150 grassroots and national advocacy organizations throughout the US.”

At last night’s ceremony, the 2010 Women of Vision Award went to three noteworthy women: Carol Burnett, Silvia Henriquez and Jasmin Woodbury.

Burnett received the award for her work as Founder and Executive Director of Mississippi Low-Income Child Care Initiative, where she works as an advocate for child-care. In addition she serves as the Executive Director of Moore Community House, where she helps to offer wide-ranging programs for low-income families. As the Executive Director of National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) in Washington, D.C. & N.Y.C., Henriquez was given the award for her accomplishments making NLIRH one of the top organizations in the US for advancing reproductive health, rights and justice for Latinas. Finally, as the youngest paid DARE organizer, Woodbury was honored for helping to recruit young adults in Providence, R.I. and was also pivotal in addressing school dropout rates.

Jennifer and Peter Buffett at the Gloria AwardsThe Philanthropic Vision Award went to NoVo Foundation and Tonic board members Jennifer and Peter Buffett (at right) for their work in helping to end child sexual abuse. After receiving the Clinton Global Citizen Award in 2008, the Buffets were recently named among Barron’s top 25 most effective Philanthropists.

Jane Comer received the Women of Vision and Action Award for her work enhancing and enriching the lives of women and girls through various charitable actions.

A Special Tribute Award was paid to Ms. Foundation Women’s Board Of Trustees member, Katie Grover for dedicating nine years of service to the foundation.

As the website states, support for the Ms. Foundation “enables groups to create connections across issues, constituencies and policymaking levels to strengthen social movements and ignite change on behalf of women, families and communities.”