2019 Inspiring Hope: Spring Benefit Lunch
At our 6th annual Inspiring Hope: Spring Benefit Lunch hosted on April 11, 225 supporters gathered in The Rainbow Room to celebrate the life-changing work of The Bowery Mission Women's Centers. Over $147,000 in critical funds was raised — enough to transform the lives of 50 more women through vocational services. Host Cheryl Wills interviewed special guests Wilma Jordan and Laura Lendrum, and guests were inspired by Theresa's story of life transformation and hope.
Founder & CEO
Wilma Jordan has been instrumental in completing more than 700 merger and acquisition transactions for global corporations, private companies, entrepreneurs, and private equity and venture capital firms. Her experience includes having founded, owned, managed, advised and served on the Boards of Directors of media, marketing, interactive and technology companies.
Laura Lendrum Consulting LLC
Laura Lendrum, CEO of Laura Lendrum Consulting LLC, is the former president of Markets and Global Retail of Dean & DeLuca, and prior to that Ralph Lauren. With more than 20 years of experience in the luxury sector including retail, wholesale, e-commerce and digital, Laura also previously headed up businesses for Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent.
Anchor & Host
Spectrum News NY1
Cheryl Wills was the first African-American reporter in NY1's history to win an Emmy Award, and her groundbreaking interview with the first woman president of Africa, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, earned her a prestigious medal from United Nations Correspondents Association. In 2017, City & State Magazine honored Cheryl as one of New York's most remarkable women.
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The Bowery Mission Women's Centers
People experience life change every day at The Bowery Mission. Women who enter The Bowery Mission Women's Centers arrive from diverse backgrounds. Each has suffered trauma due to poverty, homelessness, addiction cycles, health crises, job loss or domestic violence. In response to the alarming rise of women experiencing homelessness and their particular vulnerability, The Bowery Mission provides a safe and dignified environment for women in crisis. Through participation in our holistic program, women have the opportunity to address physiological and emotional needs, and participate in our vocational and housing readiness programs as they journey towards making a permanent life change and reengaging positively in the community.
The Inspiring Hope: Spring Benefit Lunch raises funds to support this vocational readiness training which yields positive results beyond financial stability alone. As women gain self-esteem, they have the opportunity to deepen personal relationships, widen professional networks and make greater contributions to society. Our program provides each resident with computer training, interview skill development, conflict resolution training and preparation of a professional wardrobe.
Photo credit: 2019 Albert Cheung Photography
At the 2019 Inspiring Hope Lunch, we celebrated Theresa, who has received renewed hope and a fresh start through The Mission's residential programs.
"I came to the front of those Red Doors full of shame, regret and fear, but The Bowery Mission welcomed me with open arms and treated me with dignity and respect. It’s been a safe place for me, and the career training has been excellent preparation for returning to the work force. The wealth of opportunities is priceless."
– Theresa, client of The Bowery Mission
Rebuilding Lives Since the 1870s
Thursday, April 11, 2019
12:30pm Lunch & Program
1:30pm Dessert & Networking
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10112
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