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WIN's 18th Annual Way To Win Dinner - Friday, 5/9/2014 10:07 PM

Shading the evening’s diners in hues of orange, silver and burgundy, a colorful canopy of benefactory balloons floated above the Waldorf-Astoria’s grand ballroom, representing the undeniable support of the Women In Need Foundation’s 18th Annual The Way To Win Dinner Honoring Liz Rodbell. Working to break the cycle of homelessness for women and their children, the record number in attendance – including many notees within fashion and media – together raised a grand total of $4,000,000 for the WIN Foundation.

Presented by Ivanka Trump, WIN honoree, Liz Rodbell, President of Hudson’s Bay and Lord&Taylor, spoke of her efforts with the foundation and why she loves doing it. “When Jamila Peets [Keynote speaker and WIN member] put on her dress at Lord&Taylor this afternoon,” she began, “her face just lit up. That’s why I love doing this: seeing a dress make a woman feel like a million bucks.”

And Jamila certainly looked like a million dollars, glowing in her tangerine gown as she illustrated how the foundation saved her and her children’s lives.

A struggling single mother, Jamila had fallen victim to a crooked real estate broker. With no money and little recourse, the WIN House took Jamila and her children in. There, she was able to get back on her feet and obtain the job skills she always sought. Thanking WIN, Jamila and her family have since moved into a home they can call their own.

Kaycee Freed Jennings presented The Peter Jenning’s Prize: A Child’s View – named in honor of her late husband and his passion for helping kids. Youngest of the three winning writers, Shanzi Denzi, read from his edifying essay If You Found Me in a Recycling Bin, springing the audience into ovation with his closing phrase. The three promising young writers won themselves an in depth writing workshop to help blossom their skills.

The 18th Annual Dinner was attended by notables including honoree Deborah Lloyd, host Mika Brazezinski, Brad Goreski, Gayle King, Hudson’s Bay Company President Don Watros, and Hudson’s Bay Company CEO Richard Baker with wife Lisa Baker.

For over 30 years, Women In Need has helped keep countless New York City women and their children off the streets; offering them safe, clean housing and vital programs developed to stop the cycle of homelessness. To learn more, you can visit their website: http://winnyc.org/