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92Y Awards Hail Extraordinary Women

by AVENUE insider Photographed by Courtesy 92Y
Saturday, November 11, 2017
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On Thursday, the 92Y Hosted the 2017 Extraordinary Women Awards to support programs that benefit women and girls.


Shaifali Puri, CEO of Uplift hosted the event and the founder of Rise, and 2016 Recipient of The Clara de Hirsch Award, Amanda Nguyen presented the Awards. Ms. Nguyen helped to draft the Sexual Assault Survivors Bill of Rights, passed by the US House and Senate, and signed into law by President Obama.


The event’s Co-Chairs were Kara Acker, Lisa Blau, Deborah Edell, Sandi Farkas and Karen Kay.


The Emily Rosenthal Award – for exceptional educational contributions to the community and upholding 92Y’s value of lifetime learning by showing vision, creativity and initiative – was awarded to Idil Ibrahim, filmmaker, writer, social Activist. Ms. Ibrahim believes in the power of artists to utilize storytelling to build bridges, heal and educate. Her filmography covers such global topics as civil war in Somalia, technological innovation in Nairobi, and Syrian refugees.


The Clara de Hirsch Award – for exceptional support of other women, and advocacy and dedication to the advancement, safety and success of women in all aspects of life – was awarded to Dr. Danielle Sheypuk, psychologist, disability rights advocate, and model. Dr. Sheypuk has combined her psychologist’s expertise with her bedrock sense of social justice to advocate on behalf of the mainstreaming of Americans with disabilities in the context of their professional, consumer, social and sexual lives.


The Margot Friedlander Award – for exceptional service and demonstration of Tikkun Olam (or repairing the world) – was awarded to Lois Whitman, founder of the Children’s Rights Division of Human Rights Watch. Following careers as both a social worker and a practicing attorney, Ms. Whitman began working at Human Rights Watch. Under her guidance, the Children’s Rights Division addressed a variety of issues, from child soldiers to trafficking. Her work inspired generations of human rights activists, benefiting children in countries around the world.


The host, co-chairs and honorees were joined by more than 200 guests including Heather Baker, Cathie Behrend, Laura Brounstein, Kathy Chazen, Sandy Diamond, Rita Distenfeld, Lauren Sercander Dukes, Yasemin Benardete-Ekici and Harum Ekici, Mara Feil, Rebecca Raphael Feuerstein, Sarah Fiszel, Lauren Fixel, Stacey Hadash, Eva Heyman, Trudy Jacobson, Lori Kasowitz, Lindsay Kimche, Sabrina Kleier, Stacey Kopp, Talli Levine, Jennifer Lipschultz, Constance Littman, Marcia Lyons, Mary Kate McGrath, Miraldina Meyer, Jennifer Millstone, Monique Newmark, Lola Ogunnaike, Andrea Olshan, Carole Olshan, Marcie Pantzer, Banu Roso, Erica Samuels, Elena Schleifer, Jan Slifka, Mary, Alba and Anastasia Somoza, Tamara Winn, Elizabeth Winter, Jennefer Witter, and Caryn Zucker.


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