Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman can add another honor to her resumé. She was feted Thursday night in New York City as the 2012 L'Oreal Paris Women of Worth awards national honoree. Ferman was among 10 women across the United States who were in the running for that top spot.
As a result of her win, the nonprofit organization she co-founded, Mission Kids Child Advocacy Center, will receive a $35,000 contribution.
Ferman said Monday she was "deeply humbled" to win the award.
"My nine fellow honorees are doing extraordinary work across the country. To have the chance to meet them and hear the stories of their creativity, passion and ingenuity was inspiring to me," she said. "I was honored to be recognized as the National Honoree for Mission Kids."
This is the seventh year L'Oreal has recognized women who "are working tirelessly to help make a difference in the lives of others," according to the Women of Worth website. The national organization, Points of Light, also helps sponsor the awards.
Visitors to the Women of Worth website could read about the 10 finalists and their charitable organizations and vote for the one they thought most worthy of being named the national honoree. About 70,000 people voted in the contest.
Each of the finalists received $10,000 for her charitable organization. Mission Kids, which will get a total of $35,000 as a result of being the top vote-getter with Ferman, provides a single, child-friendlier setting where a multidisciplinary team of investigators and workers can work with children who allegedly are victims of child abuse.
"While the additional $25,000 grant will be important to help us support child abuse victims in Montgomery County, giving child advocacy centers a national platform as the right way for communities to fight child abuse and help children heal is the most significant benefit of this award," she said.
Information on Ferman and the other nine Women of Worth can be found at http://bit.ly/RBjt77.