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Beverly Bond & More Among Honorees for 2016 Women Who Care Awards to Benefit United Cerebral Palsy of NY

The 15th Annual Women Who Care Luncheon benefiting United Cerebral Palsy of New York City UCP of NYC) was held Monday, May 9th at Cipriani 42nd Street. The sold-out event celebrated the extraordinary accomplishments of women as professionals, caregivers and philanthropists.

In its fifteen years, Women Who Care has raised nearly $8 million to fund programs and services offered by UCP of NYC to over 14,000 children and adults with disabilities throughout New York City.

The 2016 Women Who Care leadership included: (All in Attendance):

Loreen Arbus - Producer, Disability Rights Activist and Founder/Chair of Women Who Care.

Susan Lucci - Emmy Award-winning star of the hit series Devious Maids, New York Times best-selling author, former Women Who Care Honoree and returning Co-Host of Women Who Care.

Liza Huber - Founder & CEO of Sage Spoonfuls and Co-Host of Women Who Care.

Tamsen Fadal - Eight-time Emmy winning journalist, author, co-anchor of PIX 11 News at 5:00 p.m. & 10:00 p.m, and Co-Chair of Women Who Care.

Donna Hanover - Former First Lady of New York City, author, television personality, and Co-Chair of Women Who Care.

Ali Stroker - Of Glee and Glee Project fame, first performer in a wheelchair to appear on Broadway, and Co-Chair of Women Who Care.

Paula Zahn - Nine-time Emmy Award-winning host of On The Case With Paula Zahn and Co-Chair of Co-Chair of Women Who Care.

Frank A. Bennack Jr. - Executive Vice Chairman of Hearst, and Honorary Chair of this year's Women Who Care.

Highlights of this year's Women Who Care event included honoree award presentations:

Beverly Bond - BLACK GIRLS ROCK! founder and CEO, TV producer, DJ and social innovator, was presented the Women Who Care Award by:

Soledad O'Brien - Peabody and Emmy Award-winning journalist and TV anchor, producer and CEO of Starfish Media Group.

Deborah Norville - Inside Edition anchor, two-time Emmy winning journalist and New York Times best-selling author, was presented the Luella Bennack Philanthropy Award by:

Dennis Basso - Award-winning fashion designer.

Ellyn Shook - Accenture chief leadership & human resources officer, was presented the Women in Business Award by:

Paula Zahn - Nine-time Emmy Award-winning host of On The Case With Paula Zahn and Co-Chair of Co-Chair of Women Who Care.

Jenny Long - Author of the best-selling book Expect a Miracle, was presented the Karen Hansen Caregiver Award by:

Judith Light - Emmy, Golden Globe & two-time Tony Award-winning star of the hit series Transparent and 2014 Women Who Care Honoree.

Northwell Health were presented the Corporate Commitment to Caring Award by:

Edward R. Matthews - CEO of United Cerebral Palsy of New York City.

Loreen Arbus - Women Who Care Founder/Chair was given a special tribute by:

Frank A. Bennack Jr., Executive Vice Chairman of Hearst and Honorary Chair of Women Who Care.

VIP Guests attending the 2016 Women Who Care Luncheon included: Mike Woods, Meteorologist, Fox 5's Good Day New York; Teresa Priolo, Reporter, Fox 5 News & Good Day New York; Steve Lacy, Anchor, Fox 5 News; Ines Rosales, Traffic Reporter on FOX 5's Good Day New York; Maysoon Zayid, comedian, disability rights activist and former Women Who Care Honoree; Isiah Whitlock Jr., star of The Wire and co-star of Veep; Sheetal Sheth, award-winning actor, producer and humanitarian; Caroline Tehrani, Host of HuffPost Live; Herb Hamsher, President, TAO Management & Tetrahedron Productions; Rich Graziano, President and General Manager, WPIX; Lew Leone, Vice President and General Manager, WNYW-FOX 5 and WWOR-My9, FOX Television Stations' New York; Lamar Goering, Executive Producer, Good Day New York; Amy Waldman, News Director PIX 11 News; Lauren Nowell, Executive Vice-President Communications, CBS TV; Camilla Barungi, model, entrepreneur and activist of Project Runway fame; Sheila Lennon, SVP Marketing and Development, United Cerebral Palsy of New York City; Dr. Danielle Sheypuck, former Ms Wheelchair USA; Carrie Hammer, fashion designer; David Aaron Carpenter, prize-winning violinist; Wendy Diamond, Founder and CEO of Women's Entrepreneurship Day; Christopher Laul, Senior Principal at HOK.

Former Women Who Care Honorees who attended include:

Susan Lucci, Judith Light, Terrie Williams, Joan Jedell, Maysoon Zayid, Maureen Lippe, Marie Wilson, Joan Ann Natola, Francine Le Frak.

Hearst Corporation, a long-time major sponsor for UCP of NYC, and the Loreen Arbus Foundation, were the Presenting Sponsors of this year's luncheon.

Additional Key Women Who Care Sponsors included: 21st Century Fox; The Alfred Mann Foundation; Northwell Health; Colliers International LLC; The Heffernan Group; Accenture; HOK; Katrina Peebles; Bella Bus Corporation; Cauldwell Wingate Company LLC; Denise Rich; Merrill Lynch; Cerebral Palsy Foundation; Consolidated Bus Transit; Edward R. Matthews; Houda & Jim Foster; The Carpenter Family; EmblemHealth; Goldman Sachs; J.P. Morgan; Lightpath; L 'Oreal Luxe; MetLife; Multilingual Therapy Associates Inc.; Putney, Twombly, Hall & Hirshon LLP; The Sexton Family; Holly Toplitsky; Maysoon Zayid.

Women Who Care was created to benefit UCP of NYC by honoring female role models representing various segments of the community. It is a celebration of women who have deep concern for others, are passionately committed to giving back and whose extraordinary accomplishments and great character have inspired women around the world to achieve their full potential. The Women Who Care Awards Luncheon is a New York tradition and has generated global media attention in previous years. This year marks the 15th Anniversary of this special event that has raised nearly $8 million for children and adults with cerebral palsy and other developmental disabilities throughout New York City. Hearst Corporation is the presenting sponsor of Women Who Care for the sixth year in a row.

United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) is the fifth largest U.S. health organization. In New York City, UCP of NYC is a leading nonprofit provider of direct services, technology, and advocacy to children and adults with cerebral palsy and other disabilities. UCP of NYC offers a breadth of more than 75 comprehensive programs including medical, clinical, educational, technological, residential, and rehabilitative services to over 14,000 individuals and families annually throughout New York City. The mission of United Cerebral Palsy of New York City is to create opportunities for people with disabilities to lead independent and fulfilling lives. For more information, visit

Pictured: The 2016 Women Who Care Awards: Loreen Arbus, Judith Light, Susan Lucci, Liza Huber, Beverly Bond, Deborah Norville, Ellyn J. Shook, Jenny Long and Soledad O'Brien. Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images.

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