2009 June 3

A Few Good Women

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(NEW YORK) Self magazine’s commitment to women was celebrated last night at the Museum of Modern Art’s Ronald S. and Jo Carole Lauder building as the magazine presented its second annual Women Doing Good awards. Hosted by Today show co-anchor Hoda Kotb, the Burt’s Bees and Kashi-sponsored soir began with cocktails and dinner and finished with the presenting of awards—along with a $10,000 donation for the honorees’ respective charities—to Erin Sprague, Lindsay Guetschow, and Beth Ann Levandoski.

Self VP and publisher Kimberly Kelleher, editrix Lucy Danziger, Burt’s Bees’ Jayni Chase (yes, that's Chevy Chase's wife) and Mike Indursky, and Kashi’s Michelle Escala all gave inspiring speeches to the honorees. Sprague’s charity, In The Running, is based on her experience as the youngest woman to run seven marathons of seven continents. The organization advocates for seven selected organizations, each of which impacts humanitarian and environmental challenges facing each continent and the global community--from improving the quality of life for AIDS-infected women to fighting poverty in impoverished areas and preserving ecosystems. Guetschow, in addition to acting as the director of outreach for, founded Cool Globes, a public art project touring throughout the United States consisting of seven-foot tall globes that demonstrate simple solutions to help stop global warming. Levendoski is the president, executive director, and co-founder of the Tierra Miguel Foundation, an organization that informs and educates the community on the value of local sustainable agricultural practices and grows certified organic fruits and vegetables, using Bio-Dynamic agricultural preparations on its 85-acre working produce farm.

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