On Tuesday June 25th, the ladies who lunch set came together with the Women’s Forum of New York at the Plaza Hotel for the third annual Elly Awards fundraising luncheon to benefit the Forum’s education fund.
Named after the Women’s Forum founder Elinor Guggenheimer, this year’s recipients include advocate, activist, and filmmaker Maria Cuomo Cole and President and CEO of the Paley Center for Media, Pat Mitchell. Emmy, Tony, and Golden Globe winner Glenn Close presented Ms. Mitchell’s Elly Award while Maria’s mother and former First Lady of New York state, Matilda Raffa Cuomo, presented her with the award to much fanfare.
After VIP guests enjoyed a five-star lunch and lauded the award recipients, Eve Ensler, Tony-award winning playwright and author of the Vagina Monologues, led a conversation on women’s leadership and empowerment with the honorees. Focusing on the Women’s Forum efforts to advance leadership through core programming, their Education Fund, and their Board Initiative, the discussion highlighted the important work of the fund and the lives of the women improved by it.
The numerous corporate sponsorships like BNY Mellon, Macy’s & Bloomingdales, A&E Networks, Burberry, Bloomberg, and the Estee Lauder Companies (among many others) allows the Women’s Forum to fund their important goals, along with their various successful fundraising events like the Elly Awards. Guests also benefitted from these sponsorships with parting gifts from Clinique including their must-haves Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm and Dark Spot Corrector.