On Monday, August 1st, Voss Foundation held its second annual Women Helping Women Hamptons Luncheon at Gabby Karan De Felice’s restaurant Tutto il Giorno for over 90 guests. Notable attendees included Gabby Karan De Felice, Cristina Cuomo, Judith Giuliani, Bonnie Young, Christine Mack, Susan Shin, Sharyn Bradford, Diana Buxton, Raysa Fanjul, Lydia Carlston, Liliana Cavendish, MacDella Cooper, Lindy Gad, Andrea Greeven Douzet, Melinda Hackett, Krista Krieger, Kathleen Tait, Diana DiMenna, Jen Marden, Jessica Mezzacappa, Ryan Mulcock, Elizabeth Pepperman, Marisa Rose van Bokhorst, Heather Shemilt, Alison Shulman, Deborah Srb, Kathleen Tait, Tracy Williams, and Catherine Zadeh.
Photo credit: Patrice Casanova
Throughout the luncheon, guests shopped Voss Foundation’s celebrated bazaar that includes handmade jewelry, scarves, homeware and toys purchased directly from communities where the organization works.
Sengalese activist, Magatte Wade, founder of luxury skincare line ’Tiossan’, served as mistress of ceremonies. She praised Voss Foundation for their unwavering dedication to approaching the African culture with pride and truly listening to the needs of African people. Liberian philanthropist MacDella Cooper, introduced Georgie Badiel, the honoree of the event and praised her extensive efforts to educate and empower African women. Georgie, a model and Miss Africa 2004, graciously accepted the honor and somberly recalled watching her nine-month pregnant sister wake up daily, between 2-4AM to collect water. Witnessing this plight encouraged her to found the Georgie Badiel Foundation, which is dedicated to helping the Burkinabé people gain access to clean water and a healthier life. This also served as the inspiration behind of the upcoming children’s book, The Water Princess, that Badiel co-authored with Susan Verde.
Combined ticket sales, dedicated project donations and Bazaar purchases totaled over $33,000.00.
The afternoon received support from VOSS water, Tutto il Giorno, Urban Zen, Beach Magazine, Blue Nectar Tequila, Puris Organic Vodka, and Chateau Ste Michelle.
About Voss Foundation
Voss Foundation is dedicated to providing access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene as a means to enable community-driven development in Sub-Saharan Africa, and raising awareness of the ongoing need in the region. Founded by the directors of VOSS of Norway, ASA as an independent 501(c)(3) public charity, Voss Foundation has offices in New York and Oslo. Since our inception in 2008, Voss Foundation has helped to build 124 water access points and 462 sanitation facilities in Kenya, Mali, Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Liberia, Swaziland, and Uganda (as of June 2015).
About Women Helping Women
Women Helping Women (WHW) is a Voss Foundation global, grassroots initiative that brings together champions of clean water to improve the lives of women and their communities worldwide. The WHW network has already funded 21 water access points and 291 sanitation facilities in Kenya, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Liberia and Swaziland. When circumstances permit, WHW donors have the unique opportunity to travel to project sites and meet the women and communities they have helped. In addition to Women Helping Women Beach, 2015 WHW events are planned or have taken place in Boston and New York.