The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NYSPCC) to Honor Avon CEO Andrea Jung and Actress Susan Lucci for Their Work on Behalf of Children

Honors to Be Bestowed at NYSPCC Gala on October 26, 2009, at 583 Park Ave. in New York City

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - October 6, 2009) - The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NYSPCC), the world's first child protection agency, will honor Avon Products, Inc. Chairman and CEO Andrea Jung and Emmy-award winning actress Susan Lucci at its 2009 Gala on October 26 at 583 Park in Manhattan.

Emmy-award winning journalist and "Inside Edition" host Deborah Norville will serve as emcee for the Gala, which will include remarks from famed columnist and former NYSPCC honoree Liz Smith. Gala Chairpersons include Amanda and Neil Friedman, President of Mattel Brands, and Jacquie and Jerry Storch, Chairman and CEO of Toys "R" Us, Inc. Gala Co-Chairpersons include Elizabeth Bartlett, Elizabeth Mayhew and Karl G. Wellner.

As the world's first child protection agency, The NYSPCC responds to the complex needs of abused and neglected children, and those involved in their care, by providing best practice counseling, legal and educational services. Through research, communications and training initiatives, they work to expand these programs to prevent abuse and help more children heal.

"Susan Lucci is dedicated to improving the lives of children not only in the U.S., but also in Africa. She has brought much needed attention to the neglect and abuse many children face on a daily basis. Andrea Jung has also shown herself to be a committed leader in promoting the welfare of children through the work of the Avon Foundation. Since 2008, the Avon Foundation has contributed millions of dollars to organizations that help children who are affected by domestic violence. It gives us great pleasure to honor both of these exceptional advocates at this year's Gala," said David Stack, President of The NYSPCC.

"The NYSPCC provides vulnerable children with critically important protection. It is a great honor to be praised by an organization that makes such a significant difference in the lives of children and families every day," said Ms. Lucci, who plays Erica Kane on the show "All My Children."

"A pioneering agency, The NYSPCC, recognized the need to keep New York City's children safe and provide them with the tools to succeed not only in school, but also in life. I am truly honored to be recognized by an agency that has supported this important cause for nearly 135 years," said Ms. Jung.

"Both Susan's and Andrea's work on the behalf of children and families corresponds with our deep belief that the well-being of children is the responsibility of everyone. It gives us great joy to be honoring them at this year's event," said Mary Pulido, Executive Director of The NYSPCC.

Deborah Norville to Emcee Event, Which Includes Remarks by Liz Smith and Music by Alex Donner

NYSPCC Gala highlights include:

  • Remarks by Liz Smith. Ms. Smith is an award winning journalist and columnist and former NYSPCC honoree.
  • Deborah Norville as emcee. Ms. Norville is the Emmy-award winning anchor of the highly regarded syndicated news magazine show "Inside Edition." Her many other high-profile television journalism assignments have included hosting MSNBC's "Deborah Norville Tonight."
  • Dance music from Alex Donner & His Orchestra.

About Susan Lucci

Susan Lucci has enjoyed a long acting career both on stage and screen. She plays Erica Kane on ABCs daytime drama series, "All My Children," a role which won her an Emmy in 1999. She stared as Annie Oakley in the revival of Irving Berlin's "Annie Get Your Gun" in 1999 as her Broadway debut. She was garnered with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2005 and was inducted into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2006. She supports Little Flower Children & Family Services of New York and has served as a celebrity spokesperson for Academic Medicine Development Company (AMDeC) and The New York Cancer Project. She served as the March of Dimes' National Ambassador and is currently involved with Feed The Children.

About Andrea Jung

Andrea Jung is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Avon Products, Inc., the leading global beauty company. Prior to her current role, she was President and Chief Operating Officer. Before joining Avon, she was Executive Vice President at Neiman Marcus, where she was responsible for accessories, cosmetics and women's, intimate and children's apparel. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the General Electric Company and Apple and is a member of the New York Presbyterian Hospital Board of Trustees and the Catalyst Board of Directors. In 2009, Ms. Jung ranked #2 on the Financial Times' inaugural list "Top 50 Women in World Business," ranked #5 on Fortune magazine's "50 Most Powerful Women in Business" list, which she has been on since the list's inception, and #25 on the Forbes list of "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women.

About The NYSPCC

Founded in 1875 in Manhattan, The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NYSPCC) is the world's first child protection agency. It works to develop and carry out programs that protect children from harm and ensure their healthy development. The NYSPCC has investigated more than 650,000 cases on the behalf of over two million children and has educated over 44,000 professionals working with children on neglect issues and child abuse.

The NYSPCC's programs are aimed at: helping children recover from witnessing family violence, enduring physical and/or sexual abuse or parental substance abuse; promoting healthy parenting through skills training, education and guidance; providing group counseling and sexual abuse prevention workshops to "high-risk" children in New York City schools; providing education for professionals on detecting and reporting abuse and neglect; facilitating visits between children and their non-custodial parents in a safe, supportive environment; and advocating for legislative action that protects children and strengthens families.

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