Lauren Bush Lauren, CEO and co-founder of FEED Projects, and her mother Sharon Bush, were honored for their humanitarian efforts by Grace Outreach at its annual benefit Tuesday evening, May 9, 2017, at a private club in New York. Guests including Leonard Lauren, Greg & Kim Renk Dryer, Stephanie Wittier, Christine Schott Ledes, Allison Mazzola, Kathleen Ryan, Janna Bullock, Cheri Kaufmann and Patrick McMullan attended the dinner.
The granddaughter of former President George H.W. Bush and daughter-in-law of Ralph Lauren, Lauren launched Feed Projects in 2007, which to date has donated 92 million meals through the sale of products and fundraising activations.
In 2015, Lauren signed an open letter addressed to Angela Merkel and Nkosazana Diamini-Zuma – for which the One Campaign had been collecting signatures – urging them to focus on women as they serve as the heads of the G7 in Germany and the AU in South Africa, respectively, which would start to set the priorities in development funding before a main UN summit that year to establish new development goals for the generation.
“Lauren is a powerful businesswoman and stands as an example and role model to the women we serve at Grace Outreach,” said Margaret Grace, founder of Grace Outreach. “We are pleased to pay tribute to her advocacy and enterprise.”
In her acceptance speech, Lauren Bush Lauren, an entrepreneur, fashion model and designer, thanked her mother, Sharon, along with her college guidance counselor at the Kinkaid School in Houston, TX, Judy Muir, as well as her former model manager at Elite, Christine Schott, for believing in and inspiring her.
She then turned the focus to her mother Sharon Bush, a founding board member of KIPP Academy; a board member of the UN-World Food Programme; senior development officer for Cristo Rey Brooklyn High School; and the mother of three children —Lauren, Pierce and Ashley, who received the National Mother’s Day Committee’s “Outstanding Mother of the Year Award” in 2001.
The privately funded Grace Outreach and its mission are passionately spearheaded by Margaret Grace, who has devoted the last decade expanding the program from a high school equivalency education center into a thriving organization that offers classes and academic training for under-educated women in the South Bronx who want to pursue higher education and secure meaningful employment.
Ms. Grace was the recipient of News Corp Community Hero Award in 2014.
Grace Outreach Alumna Yaren Santana, now a graduate school student at New York University, received a standing ovation for her eloquent speech and words of gratitude to Grace Outreach for changing her life for the better.
Founded in 2004, Grace Outreach serves low-income women of all ages who seek to enhance their academic skills, pursue higher education and find employment.
For more information, visit: www.graceoutreachbronx.org