Annual Kick-Off Cocktail for Palm Beach County Mentors and Supporters
Miami Oct. 16, 2004— The Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program kicked-off its 12th year of mentoring at-risk high school girls in Palm Beach County on Tuesday, October 14th, at Café Boulud at the Brazilian Court Hotel located in Palm Beach. New and current Mentors, School Officials and Supporters were in attendance to show their support for the program that serves 2,244 at-risk girls in 116 public high schools throughout South Florida. Nationally, Women of Tomorrow now serves 3,500 at-risk girls in 183 public high schools in South Florida, Metro Detroit and Greater Philadelphia.
Women of Tomorrow Founder and President, Jennifer Valoppi started the evening by providing program results and discussing the recent expansion in Palm Beach County. Additionally, Jennifer raffled off a Toshiba 40” 1080p LED TV that was generously donated by Toshiba Business Solutions.
The guests were given a direct example of the lasting influence of the program through Women of Tomorrow Graduate Francie Delva, and Women of Tomorrow current Mentee, Lindsey Perlman. Both young women shared their stories about how the program influenced their lives and continues to positively affect them today. Francie Delva announced that she is starting an Alumnae chapter at Florida Atlantic University and Lindsey Perlman acknowledged Sherri Silverstein as being a huge support throughout her time with the program.
In addition, Laurie Silvers, Palm Beach Advisory Committee member, spoke about one of her mentees, Dara Huggins, who is now attending Yale University. Dara Huggins created a video about Women of Tomorrow, which was played thereafter.
The evening ended with Robin Newman introducing the new fundraising program, Girls Win, which will give supporters a platform to rally their social network to support the program through donations and social media involvement.
Notable guests included Deborah Martyn, Robbin Newman, Dr. Krista Rosenberg, Laurie Silvers, Palm Beach County Commissioner Paulette Burdick, and Debra Vanderhoff.
Jennifer Valoppi says: “I believe one of the most effective ways to break the cycles of violence, poverty and abuse, is to uplift the young women who will raise the next generation. It all stops here. Women of Tomorrow is one of the most unique and powerful organizations of its kind anywhere. Our amazing mentors are the reason for our tremendous success in getting at-risk young girls to overcome their obstacles and live up to their full potential.”
About Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program
Women of Tomorrow was conceived in 1997 by Television Journalist Jennifer Valoppi and co-founded with Don Browne, retired Telemundo Network President. The Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program is designed to inspire, motivate and empower at-risk young women to live up to their full potential through a unique mentoring program with highly accomplished professional women and scholarship opportunities. Women of Tomorrow currently mentors approximately 3,500 at-risk girls in 183 public high schools in South Florida, Metropolitan Detroit and Greater Philadelphia with its network of over 500 Mentors. Research shows that Women of Tomorrow Mentees have increased self-esteem, a 92% high school graduation rate, and increased academic performance each year they are in the program, to a statistically significant degree. Women of Tomorrow has awarded over $4 million in college scholarships to more than 1,400 mentees.
Women of Tomorrow has been recognized on the floor of Congress 8 times and is ranked as one of the top nonprofits in the country by independent ranking agency Charity Navigator. For more information, call 305.371.3330 or visit http://www.womenoftomorrow.org.