Ronnie Polaneczky, a journalist for 30 years, is a Metro columnist at the Daily News, where she has won numerous journalism awards for listening to the city she loves and telling its stories in ways that get to the heart of who we are. She is the 2015 winner of the Eugene C. Pulliam Journalism Fellowship for her coverage of elderly parents who are still responsible for the care of their intellectually disabled, aging children. You can watch her TEDxPhiladelphia Talk, "The Power of Deliberate Listening," at: https://youtu.be/A343tlP5iUA
She's one of ten finalists in a contest called Women Of Worth, sponored by L'Oreal Paris, which recognizes do-gooders who are making "a beautiful difference" in the lives of others (L'Oreal has to use the word "beautiful," I guess, since it's a makeup company).
As a finalist, Vetri-Ferman has already won $10,000, which will aid Mission Kids, the advocacy center she founded in 2009 to help child victims of sex-abuse and their families. The Women of Worth contest has just opened to a national, on-line vote. If Vetri-Ferman nabs the most support, Mission Kids will get another $25,000.
Voting starts today, runs through Nov. 21 and you can vote once a day. In L'Oreal world, this is not voter fraud, so fear not. And the only Voter ID you'll need is an email address.