SOURCE: The Loreen Arbus Foundation

The Loreen Arbus Foundation

April 28, 2014 09:00 ET

The Loreen Arbus Foundation Advocates Message of Inclusion in Upcoming 2014 Initiatives

"The absurdity of intolerance! This is what motivates me. This is what resonates to the core of my being. This is my mission -- to bring an end to the intolerance that generates an 'us versus them' environment, and create a society defined by inclusiveness."

Loreen Arbus, Disability Rights Activist, Philanthropist, Producer and Writer

13th Annual Women Who Care Luncheon Benefitting United Cerebral Palsy of New York City

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Apr 28, 2014) -  Next month, on May 7 at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City, Loreen Arbus will once again take the reins as the Founder and Chair of the 13th Annual Women Who Care Luncheon, one of the most high-profile, philanthropic events on the city's calendar.

This star-studded New York tradition celebrates the accomplishments of women as caregivers, philanthropists and professionals, and benefits United Cerebral Palsy of New York City. Last year, over $700,000 was raised to help enhance the lives of children, adults and families living with disabilities.

Judith Light is among this year's diverse honorees and Emmy Award-winning actress Susan Lucci will return to host the event. Celebrity presenters will include Emmy-winning actress America Ferrera, star of the television show Ugly Betty and new film Cesar Chavez; Alex Witt, host of the MSNBC show Weekends with Alex Witt; and Tamsen Fadal, Emmy-winning anchor, PIX 11 News.

Loreen recently hosted a glittering kick-off for the Women Who Care Luncheon at her home in New York, attended by many of the above stars as well as consumers benefitting from UCP of NYC's programs.

Also, Loreen will be the subject of an upcoming profile as part of the prestigious Intrepid Women series of The Glass Hammer, an award-winning blog and online community designed to inform, empower and inspire women executives in financial services, law and business.

Loreen interviewed as Executive Producer of A Whole Lott More

Loreen is the Executive Producer of the award-winning new documentary A Whole Lott More, which examines the struggles of over 8 million Americans with disabilities to join the work force in America.

On March 10th, the film had its New York premiere as part of the ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film FestivalA Whole Lott More has already won the Audience Awards at both the Toronto HotDocs Festival and the Indie Memphis Film Festival, and Best Documentary at the Cincinnati Film Festival, while Indiewire called it, "Surprising, compelling... the most complex examination of the financial crisis and contemporary capitalism this year."

Loreen was recently interviewed about the film on MSNBC, Fox 5's "Good Day New York" and NY1 News.

The Loreen Arbus Focus on Disability Scholarship

For the fifth consecutive year, Loreen is offering two scholarships to students whose storytelling sheds light on people living with disabilities, helps emerging artists gain recognition and increases visibility for artists with disabilities. The Loreen Arbus Foundation has partnered with the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation (The Emmys Foundation) as well as the Alliance for Women in Media to award these scholarships since 2010.

- The Emmys Foundation -
On April 23 in Los Angeles, during The 35th Academy of Television Arts and Sciences College Awards, Loreen will present one scholarship to a student filmmaker whose work increases not only visibility but also opportunity for people with disabilities.

The scholarship, which Loreen took great pride in awarding to Kelsey Greene of Ithaca College last year, recognizes excellence in video, digital and film work produced by college students.

- The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation -
Loreen will also return to present a scholarship at The Gracies, hosted by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) on June 11 in New York City.

This scholarship is awarded to one of tomorrow's media professionals who crafts the most compelling story focused on the needs, achievements, contributions and lives of citizens with disabilities. This year's award will be given to Temple University student Krystan Lenhard.

- New York Women in Communication Matrix Awards -

In addition, Loreen will also be providing a new scholarship as part of the 2014 Matrix Awards of New York Women in Communication, on April 28 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York. The scholarship will be awarded to a student with a disability whose work in media addresses issues related to disability. It is the first of its kind for New York Women in Communications.

Loreen honored with Womensphere Global Award for Philanthropic Leadership

Loreen was honored to be presented with the Womensphere Global Award for Philanthropic Leadership at the Womensphere Global Summit & Awards 2013 on October 2nd in New York City.

"The Womensphere Global Awards are given to outstanding individuals and institutions that demonstrate extraordinary leadership and impact the mission of the Womensphere Foundation: to unleash the potential of women and girls," says Analisa Balares, CEO of Womensphere. "We were inspired to give Loreen Arbus this award because of her demonstrated genuine passion for advancing women, for creating a more inclusive world and for building a better future."

"This great honor is especially meaningful to me because it will be presented by the visionary founder of Womensphere who is aggressively building a transformative global community platform which makes the world more inclusive of women and girls," says Loreen Arbus.

The 2013 Women's Media Awards hosted by the Women's Media Center

Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award-winner Lily Tomlin hosted the prestigious Women's Media Awards at the end of 2013 in New York City.

The star-studded event, which attracted over 400 guests, was Co-Chaired by Loreen alongside Jewelle Bickford, Lauren Embrey, Jodie Evans, Gloria Feldt, Carol Jenkins, Gayle King, Pat Mitchell, Martha Nelson and Women's Media Center Co-Founders Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan and Gloria Steinem.

Christiane Amanpour, Chief International Correspondent for CNN, was presented with the Pat Mitchell Women's Media Center's Lifetime Achievement Award by Pat Mitchell. Other honorees included film producer Sheila C. Johnson, President and CEO of Voto Latino Maria Teresa Kumar, social media humorist Lindy West, the documentary event MAKERS,  and in memoriam, editor Mary Thom.

The Loreen Arbus Foundation is a Media Sponsor of the event and Loreen is a WMC emeritus Board member.

About The Loreen Arbus Foundation

The Loreen Arbus Foundation supports a broad scope of interests including advocacy for women and girls, scientific and medical research, minorities, people with disabilities, gender and racial equality in media, the arts, animal rights, and global peace. The Foundation has established and funds many scholarships that both enhance and elevate social consciousness around key societal issues.

Loreen Arbus is currently the President of The Loreen Arbus Foundation, The Goldenson-Arbus Foundation and Loreen Arbus Productions, Inc.

Ms. Arbus holds the distinction of being the first woman to head programming for a U.S. network, a feat accomplished twice (both at Showtime and Cable Health Network/Lifetime). She is also the author of six nonfiction books, has written countless articles for many national publications, and was twice nominated for an Emmy.

Widely recognized for her humanitarian and professional accomplishments, Ms. Arbus has received The Heart of Giving Award presented by President Bill Clinton in 2001 and was chosen as one (of 40) Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World 2002. She is a high profile professional Argentine Tango choreographer and dancer.

Ms. Arbus is the daughter of Leonard H. Goldenson, Founder & Chairman of ABC and Isabelle Goldenson, whose work in the area of disability rights established United Cerebral Palsy (UCP), now one of America's largest health agencies, and launched the very first national telethon in the US.

"Being an outsider forged my character, imbued me with resilience and strengthened my being. My early identification with those who are disenfranchised combined with my anger (I acted out and was a truant in school), ultimately was channeled into an intolerance of, and an unwillingness to accept the status quo. I have always believed it to be absolutely and utterly unforgiveable to prejudge and disrespect human beings simply because they are different."
Loreen Arbus, Disability Rights Activist, Philanthropist, Producer and Writer

Contact Information

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