In partnership with A&E’s new television network, FYI, Variety is thrilled to bestow this group of the entertainment industry’s most philanthropic women with Variety’s Inspiration Impact Honorees.
The women are being recognized for their humanitarian efforts with their chosen causes. Oscar winner Sarandon works with Hope North, which works to educate and heal the youth of Uganda’s civil war. Golden Globe and Emmy winners Parker and Danes work with New York City Ballet and Afghan Hands, respectively. In 2010, Tony winner Menzel co-created A Broader Way, an arts centered program for urban girls. International super model Iman works with Dr. Hawa Abdi Foundation, which provides support and relief for women and children in Somalia, while A+E Networks president and CEO Nancy Dubuc works with veterans group Team Rubicon / The Mission Continues.
The exclusive event will host 300 entertainment and media insiders and includes VIP pre- and post-ceremony cocktail receptions with an interactive philanthropy bazaar that allows guests to engage with the featured charities and participating brand sponsors.
“We’re thrilled to continue building on the legacy of Variety’s Power of Women by bringing the event to New York,” Variety publisher Michelle Sobrino-Stearns said in a statement. “The debut of Variety’s Power of Women in New York is a testament to the impact of the annual event held in Los Angeles and, with celebrations now on both coasts, we have the distinct privilege to continue honoring these incredible women who have influenced our industry and communities, and who are harnessing the power of giving back to inspire others to do the same.”
Jana Bennett, president of FYI and LMN, added, “It’s an honor for FYI to join Variety in celebrating these inspirational women in entertainment and their incredible accomplishments. The Power of Women event helps to inspire us all about the importance of using our powerful platforms to not only entertain, but to give back to the community.”
This year’s event is presented by FYI network and sponsored by American Airlines, Crystal Light, Movado, and NYDJ.
NYDJ will recognize one woman who has given back to her community as the winner of the brand’s first-ever Woman of Originality award. Submissions can be made through the company’s Facebook page until April 4. The winner of the contest will receive a free trip to New York City to attend the event and be presented the award by supermodel and photographer Helena Christensen.