Outstanding Mother Awards

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This week I attended a swank lunch at the Pierre Hotel to toast the five recipients of the Outstanding Mother Awards. The awards went to:

Susan Sarandon, Academy Award Winning Actress
Joyce Armeli, Sr. Vice President & GMM, The Bon Ton Stores
Donna Karan, Fashion Designer, Donna Karan
Cindi Leive, Editor-in-Chief, Glamour Magazine
United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, New York

While each of these women are inspiring and leave me scratching my head wondering, "How do they do it?" I was especially struck by Cindi Leive. As a mom working in the media, I admire Cindi's wok ethic and the way she is steering her fashion magazine to be responsible when it comes to providing girls the complete picture of womanhood.

It should be noted, Cindi brought her brood. The Editor-in-Chief of Glamour looks flawless and unfussy at the same time. You know, as if her kids could actually hug her and she wouldn't frown (and hug her they did). She's got class, style and her staff had the nicest things to say about her.

Cindi had a great quote from the event, "I think it's crucial for kids to understand that part of the reason we, as moms, work is that it's fun and stimulating--that finding work that you love is one of the most satisfying things you can do with your life." This Brooklyn mom is setting a great example for generations to come. I feel incredibly blessed to have work that brings joy to my life and challenges me in all the right ways. Kudos to Leive for articulating this.

It was also a treat to see the timeless and tireless Susan Sarandon get an award. This mom of three has a stellar acting career and is constantly speaking her mind about the causes dear to her heart. She looked stunning in her purple dress, and I was happy to see her honored for all the wonderful work she does.

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For the past few decades the National Mother'??s Day Committee (a part of the National Father'??s Day/Mother'??s Day Council), has put on this lunch to call attention to fabulous moms and raise big bucks for charity. To date, the National Father'??s Day/Mother'??s Day Council has donated nearly $21 million to deserving family-related charities nationwide, which includes more than $3.8 million in 2010. This year's lunch benefited Save the Children'??s U.S. Programs. More than 50,000 children a year are given the tools and support they need to break the cycle of poverty thanks to this worthy cause.

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