Last night, Jaimy Lee
and I attended Self
magazine's first-annual Women Doing Good Awards ceremony, held at the fabulous Top of the Rock
in New York City. Self
is no stranger to supporting causes; it originated the now-ubiquitous pink ribbon that has become synonymous with breast cancer awareness in 1992 and has published the annual breast cancer handbook in its October issue since 1991. Last year, publisher Kimberly Kelleher worked with executive director of marketing Cynthia Walsh to develop a piece of research titled "Good: Cause Marketing from the Consumer's Point of View". As Self editor-in-chief Lucy Danziger noted last night, that research was ultimately the impetus for the Awards. Self readers were invited to submit stories of women in their lives and hometowns that were doing work on behalf of a good cause.
The 2008 winners were Ann Cooper
, a chef who works with F3: Food-Family-Farming Foundation to provide school children with healthy lunches; Dian Ross, a woman working with First Book
to donate books to children in rural, low-income areas; and Jennifer Goodman Linn, a cancer survivor who founded Spin4Survival
to benefit Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
Maybelline New York and Kashi served as partners for the event.