L'Oréal honors 10 women's selfless community efforts with Women of Worth initiative

One winner will be chosen by public vote to receive $25K toward their charity

NEW YORK — Beauty company L'Oréal Paris has recognized the charitable work of 10 women — including Montgomery County district attorney Risa Vetri Ferman, the cofounder of Mission Kids Child Advocacy Center — by distinguishing them as "Women of Worth" and giving them $10,000 each for their individual charities.

Every year for seven years, L'Oréal has embraced its slogan "Because You're Worth It" by honoring 10 influential women through its Women of Worth initiative, which recognizes those who exemplify the spirit of the L'Oréal brand with their commitment to admirable causes. Ferman made the list because of her dedication to the Mission Kids Center, which supports victims of child abuse by helping them move forward. The organization works to ease the criminal justice system for victims, aids crime prevention and offers education outreach programs.

Between now and Nov. 21, people can visit WomenOfWorth.com to vote for one of the 10 honorees; the winner will receive an additional $25,000 for her charity and will be honored at an awards ceremony and dinner hosted by L'Oréal Paris and Hearst Magazines on Dec. 6 in New York City.

"The L'Oreal Paris family is incredibly proud to celebrate this year's inspiring group of honorees," said L'Oréal Paris president, Karen Fondu. "These amazing women represent our brand heritage and philosophy, 'Because You're Worth It,' by inspiring us all with their dedication and commitment to making a beautiful difference."

The other nine honorees include: Kate Bialo of Furniture Sharehouse; Sarah Cronk of The Sparkle Effect; Ida Johnson of United Neighbors; Lorraine Kerwood of NextStep Recycling; Catherine Meek of School on Wheels; Amy Paterson of My Little Waiting Room; Sandy Puc of Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep; Sue Runsvold of TurningWheels For Kids; and Olivia Stinson of PEN Pals Book Club & Support Group for Children of Incarcerated Parents.

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