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To recognize and honor women who push themselves to exceptional limits, cleansing-product manufacturer Dove has teamed up with Woman's Day to sponsor the magazine's inaugural "Women Who Inspire Us" Awards.
First Lady Laura Bush was selected as a special honoree and was recognized along with the four award winners in New York where each winner received a $5,000 honorarium for their accomplishments helping others. Also as part of the Awards program, five "Shining Stars" were selected from among the hundreds of entries to receive a $500 honorarium. All nine women are featured in the November 20 issue of the magazine.
"Dove is very proud to be able to partner with Woman's Day on this very special awards program," said Peter Waxman, North American masterbrand director for Dove. "The 'Women Who Inspire Us' honorees are all women who have accomplished remarkable feats in our country to help make it a better place for all and their accomplishments are both moving and inspirational."
The following women were recognized by Dove and Woman's Day for their extraordinary accomplishments as part of the first annual Woman's Day "Women Who Inspire Us" Awards:
* Special Honoree Laura Bush, for dedicating her life to helping others.
* Ruth Johnson Colvin, founder of Literacy Volunteers of America in Syracuse, N.Y.
* Lisa Navarra, associate for Youth and Children's Ministries at St. John's Episcopal Church in McLean, Va.
* Terrill Petri, founder and CEO of Women Vision International in Overland Park, Kan.
* Sharon Rohrbach, executive director and co-founder of the Nurses for Newborns Foundation in St. Louis County, Mo.
Dove and Woman's Day will also honor five women as "Shining Stars:"
* Vikki Balet, program director of Children of the Night, a nonprofit organization in Los Angeles dedicated to helping kids aged 11 to 17 who live on the streets.
* Carol Cheatham, founder of Friends for Hope, a support group to help newly-diagnosed women cope and provide support for those who have been through cancer treatment.
* Nina Hallmark, project director of Friends for Hope, an organization that helps victims of domestic violence.
* Jennie Harrison, a special education teacher, is national director of youth affiliates of Zeta Phi Beta sorority in Peekskill, N.Y.
* Captain Katherine Roberts, who developed the video Young Minds on the Edge, a video for families about how to prevent school violence. Several thousand videos have been distributed nationwide. Roberts has also helped produce a video about what students and teachers can do if a violent incident occurs.
Dove, manufactured by Unilever Home & Personal Care, manufactures bar cleansers, body washes, facial cleansing cloths and deodorants.