This year, GODIVA has chosen to expand this cause marketing program, from honoring one woman annually to honoring three. Erin Dinan, Molly Rockamann, and Stephanie Bowman, will each receive a $10,000 grant for their exemplary philanthropic work and embodiment of the Lady GODIVA spirit through selflessness, generosity, leadership and giving back to their community.
Each honoree was introduced to event guests by Jeri Finard and Jim Goldman, GODIVA CEO, and each was presented with a grant check of $10,000. To add to the excitement of the day, each honoree was outfitted by Rent the Runway in a look selected by her for the special occasion.
GODIVA created the Lady GODIVA program to celebrate inspirational women around the world, and inspire others to give back as well. Each of the three women selected as an honoree was chosen amongst peers in their respective category which are, Health, Wellness & Hunger; Children, Family & Poverty; and The Environment.
This year’s Health, Wellness & Hunger Honoree is Erin Dinan of New York City. Erin turned her personal passion to help and feed the homeless into a thriving nonprofit organization, One Sandwich at a Time. Through monthly sandwich-making events, Erin has fed over 8,000 individuals in New York City and was able to meet her goal of feeding 25,000 people in 2013. Erin was also honored by the United Nations on their World Humanitarian Day in 2012.
Stephanie Bowman from Orlando, FL, has been selected as the Children, Family & Poverty Honoree. Stephanie channeled her personal struggles with drug abuse and domestic violence into helping the hungry and homeless through her nonprofit organization, One Heart for Women and Children. Stephanie has helped countless individuals by providing food, shelter and hope, and the One Heart annual holiday program provided gifts for over 1,700 local children this past December.
Molly Rockamann of Ferguson, MO, is this year’s honoree in the Environment category. Molly founded EarthDance, an organization that trains aspiring farmers in the skills of sustainable agriculture. By establishing the nation’s first part-time Organic Farming Apprenticeship Program, Molly was able save a local farm and grow over 10,000 pounds of organic produce for the region. Molly has raised over $450,000 to support farmland preservation and sustainable agriculture, and has become known as St. Louis’ leading provider of education in the field.
It was a magical moment to be in the room as each one of these ladies were patiently waiting to see who would be honored and later learning that all three would be receiving the grant. Everyone, for the most part, was shocked and in tears of humble joy and excited for each of them.
Great event with plenty of chocolate and sweets, designer dresses and MOST importantly, strong women making a change in this world!