Winners of this prestigious award received an Longines timepiece, were flown to New York City where they had a dinner in their honor and sat for a professional photo shoot with Town & Country magazine. The winners also had the opportunity to spread awareness about their charities with a full page ad in the magazine’s February 2013 issue. Longines’ U.S. Brand President Jennifer Judkins states that this is the brand’s fourth year honoring women who dedicate their lives to the advancement of children.
The winners of the 2012 Longines Women who Make a Difference Awards are Saran Kaba Jones, Liz Ferro and Dr. Pam Cantor. These three remarkable women were honored for their untiring work and their influence over the many children in their communities. Sara Kaba Jones founded FACE Africa in 2009 to help provide safe drinking water for the millions of people in her native country of Liberia. FACE Africa along with the help of other charities and grants was able to launch several water and sanitation proejects.
Liz Ferro is the founder and executive director of Girls With Sole. The Girls With Sole program assists girl with a history of physical and sexual abuse to boost their self-esteem through a variety of fitness and wellness programs. Ferro indicates that she was a foster child who experienced sexual abuse and credits sports and fitness to give her self-esteem and help her through difficult times.
Dr. Pam Cantor is the founder and CEO of Turnaround for Children. This organization teams up with schools in New York City, New Jersey and Washington D.C. to foster a positive learning environment in high-poverty and low performance schools. Studies have found that schools who have enlisted in this program experienced fewer behavioral problems and higher scores.