Avon Foundation Night

 From left: Avon Chairman & CEO Andrea Jung, honoree and editor in Chief of Glamour, 
Cindi Leive and actress and mark Brand Ambassador Ashley Greene

Avon Honors Global Champions in the Fight Against Breast Cancer and Domestic Violence. Avon Products, Inc. celebrated its 125th anniversary year on 3rd Nov night at the Avon Foundation for Women Global Voices for Change Gala at Marriott Marquis Times Square in New York City by honoring global champions working to end breast cancer and domestic violence, and by announcing the winners of Avon’s first-ever global online singing talent search for women and songwriting competition for women and men, Avon Voices. 

Avon Foundation for Women Global Voices for Change Gala at Marriott Marquis 
Times Square in New York City

Avon Chairman and CEO Andrea Jung, Fergie, Natasha Bedingfield, Delta Goodrem, Ashley Greene and more than 800 guests and performers from 39 countries attended this star-studded celebration at the Marriot Marquis in New York City’s Times Square, which raised more than $2.3 million for the Avon Foundation for Women.

Avon Chairman & CEO Andrea Jung, Lisa King, head of communications, U.K.'s Refuge, 
Avon Foundation President Carol Kurzig and Natasha Bedingfield 

“By the end of this year – our 125th year – Avon global philanthropy will have donated more than $860 million, thanks to the grassroots efforts of our network of 6.5 million Representatives, 40,000 Associates and hundreds of millions of consumers – making us the largest corporate philanthropy focused solely on women’s causes in the world.” said Andrea Jung.

Avon Voices Judges and Finalists on Stage 

From Left: Avon Voices Judge, Delta Goodrem, winners Selena Gittens, an Avon Representative from Canada and Evelina Anusauskaite from Lithuaniaand 
VP of Global Communications for Avon, Joe Billone 

Avon Foundation for Women Global Awards Recipients
Every year since 2001 at its annual gala, the Avon Foundation for Women has recognized individuals and organizations in the United States for their leadership in the causes that are most important to women. To date, the Avon Foundation Gala has raised more than $22 million. This year, Avon Foundation Gala honorees span the globe, honoring organizations that improve access to breast health care and assist victims of domestic and gender violence. Avon Voices celebrity judges were honored to help present these awards.

Global Breast Cancer Medical Advancement Champions (Brazil and Poland)
Andrea Jung, Colombian singing star Maia, and Brazil’s biggest pop star Ivete Sangalo, presented the first Global Breast Cancer Medical Advancement Champions Award to the Barretos Cancer Hospital, a center of excellence in oncology care located in rural Brazil that assists nearly 3,000 patients per day, nearly all of them low-income and all part of the Brazilian public health system.

Stowarzyszenie Amazonki, Poland the Association of Amazon Women – an organization providing support to women affected by breast cancer throughout Poland – received the second Global Breast Cancer Medical Advancement Champions Award.

2011 Global Community Advocacy Champions (Philippines and United Kingdom)
Avon Foundation for Women President Carol Kurzig, Filipina singer and actress Lea Salonga, and Australian Artist of the Decade Delta Goodrem, presented the first Global Community Advocacy Champions Award to the Women’s Crisis Center in Quezon City, Philippines, for its life-saving work to support victims of domestic violence.

Refuge, the largest single provider of specialized domestic violence services in the UK, received the second Global Community Advocacy Champions Award. Lisa King, an advocate in the effort to end violence against women and head of communications for Refuge helps disadvantaged, homeless, and abused women and children rebuild their lives. Avon U.K. funding supports Refuge’s network of independent domestic violence advocates who work with women who are at the greatest risk of serious injury and harm.

Avon Voices Judge, Australian artist of the decade Delta Goodrem

2011 Voice for Change Champion (United States)
Andrea Jung and Ashley Greene, brand ambassador for mark, Avon’s beauty and fashion boutique brand, presented Cynthia Leive, editor-in-chief of Glamour Magazine, with the 2011 Voice for Change Champion Award in recognition of Glamour’s commitment to empowering and educating women by calling attention to the critical issue of partner violence.

Avon Voices
Avon Voices winners: Selena Gittens of Canada, an Avon Representative, and Evelina Anusauskaite of Lithuania, who were chosen from among the top ten finalists, based on a combination of their live performances at the Hard Rock CafĂ© and 2.5 million votes received from around the world. 

The winners of the Avon Voices talent search will record an album that will be sold through Avon distribution channels in select markets, and will include an original song, ”Be What You Believe,” written by Grammy and Golden Globe award-winning music industry legend, Diane Warren, and produced by seven-time Grammy winning producer/engineer, Humberto Gatica. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this album in 2012 will go to the Avon Foundation for Women. Additionally, Avon Voices made a $25,000 donation to the Avon Foundation in honor of its commitment to advancing women's empowerment around the world.

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