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Lena Dunham, Kim Kardashian Among Honorees at Variety’s Power of Women: New York

Glenn Close, Whoopi Goldberg and Rachel Weisz will also be recognized at April 24 luncheon

Variety’s Power of Women: New York will honor Glenn Close, Lena DunhamWhoopi Goldberg, Rachel Weisz and Kim Kardashian West as Inspiration Impact Honorees at an April 24 luncheon. The event at Manhattan’s Cipriani Midtown will celebrate the entertainment industry’s most philanthropic women.

“Variety’s Power of Women initiative has become a shining example of what is possible when committed women with a voice stand up for worthy causes and harness their power to give back and inspire others to do the same,” says Michelle Sobrino, publisher, Variety. “Launching the event in New York last year was immensely gratifying for both Variety and our partner Lifetime, and we are honored to share this day with our incredible new charity partner, the Entertainment Industry Foundation. Together we will further magnify the beautiful spirit the Power of Women series exemplifies.”

Close will be recognized for her work with Bring Change2Mind, which is dedicated to ending the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness. Dunham is being honored for her work with Girls Educational & Mentoring Services. The mission of GEMS  is to empower girls and young women who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking to exit the commercial sex industry and develop to their full potential.

Goldberg supports Figure Skating in Harlem, which combines education and figure skating to transform the lives of underserved girls. Weisz will be recognized for her work with the Opportunity Network, which gives underserved high school and college students access to career opportunities, networks and competitive colleges. Kardashian West supports Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, a non-profit that engages in ground-breaking pediatric medical research.

Power of Women is now a biannual event in New York and Los Angeles, with 400 guests comprised of entertainment and media insiders who will pay tribute to  the philanthropic efforts of these women. This year, the Entertainment Industry Foundation will match Variety’s donation to all the honorees’ charities at both events.

“Lifetime is proud to renew our partnership with Variety to honor the amazing contributions made by women both professionally and philanthropically,” said Nancy Dubuc, president and CEO of A+E Networks. “The Power of Women event is a wonderful celebration that brings attention to the accomplishments that women make for the betterment of our world and all of us at Lifetime salute their inspirational journeys.”

“The Entertainment Industry Foundation is proud to join forces with the Variety Foundation to honor these amazing women and support their non-profit partners,” said Lisa Paulsen, president and CEO of the Entertainment Industry Foundation. “The charitable work done by Glenn, Lena, Whoopi, Rachel and Kim helps so many people in diverse and meaningful ways; they each offer an inspiring example of the entertainment community’s ability to make a difference.”

Variety’s 2015 Power of Women: New York event is presented by Lifetime and sponsored by Mattel, Frédérique Constant and Gevalia premium coffee.

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