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Les Femmes du Monde Announces Six Women of the Year

Honorees will be celebrated at the October 16th luncheon chaired by Regina Bruce
Alyce Heinrich is president, Les Femmes du Monde
(September 10, 2014 - Dallas, TX) The Preston Hollow home of Ka and L.L. Cotter set a beautiful scene as they hosted the announcement party of Les Femmes du Monde’s six Women of the Year recently.
        Ka joined Alyce Heinrich, president of Les Femmes du Monde, and Regina Bruce, luncheon chair, as they welcomed guests and shared news about the upcoming luncheon on October 16th at the Harlan Crow Library in Highland Park.
          While guests mingled, they enjoyed wine, champagne and a sumptuous selection of hors d’oeuvres. Alyce paused the party, thanked Ka and L.L. for their hospitality and introduced Regina, who made a surprise announcement. Joining Faye C. Briggs as honorary chair is Yvonne Crum, a former Woman of the Year honoree, past president and longtime supporter of Les Femmes du Monde.
 After a round of applause, the six Women of the Year were named. They are Virginia Chandler Dykes, Gina Ginsburg, Lynn McBee, Margaret McDermott, Pat Smith and Nina Vaca, each one signifying a decade of Les Femmes du Monde. These women have helped make this organization and many nonprofits in town successful, embracing education for members and youth, while at the same time, helping others in our community.
        Guests included Jim Falk, President and CEO, World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth; Kyra Barnett, Development Officer, Children's Medical Center Foundation; Gina and Scott Ginsburg and Michelle Mew, former president.
        Individual tickets for the luncheon begin at $250. Sponsorships and underwriting are available through the website at
        Luncheon proceeds benefit two organizations: The Child Life Program at Children’s Medical Center and the International Education Program of the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth. 
        The Child Life Program’s primary goal is to minimize the impact of illness on a child’s normal growth and emotional and cognitive development.  This involves establishing supportive relationships with patients and families and providing them with developmentally-appropriate information that helps them prepare for, understand and cope with their healthcare experiences. 

        The International Education Program (IEP) at the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth seeks to educate students and teachers on how international events affect  their lives, their communities, and their country.  The goal is to empower students to become effective, active global citizens and leaders in the community.  Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2014, this program has impacted more than 1 million students and trained more than 8,000 teachers since its inception in 2004."
          Media sponsors are The Park Cities News/The Waters Family and My Sweet Charity.

          Mission Statement:  Since its beginning in 1961, Les Femmes du Monde is celebrating its 54th year of service. The mission is to provide funds for the support of the Children’s Medical Center of Dallas Child Life Program and the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth International Education Program.

Les Femmes du Monde has donated more than $2 million to the Dallas Council on World Affairs, now called World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth, and more than $670,000 to Children’s Medical Center.

          Past Woman of the Year Honorees: Doris S. Dixon; Ruth Collins Sharp Altshuler; Caroline Rose Hunt; Annette Strauss, Mayor of Dallas; Vivian Castleberry; Mary Kay Ash; Ebby Halliday; Catherine Crier; Kay Bailey Hutchison, U.S. Senator; Laura Bush, First Lady of Texas; Juanita Miller; Nancy Brinker; Gloria Campos; Florence Shapiro, Texas State Senator; Liz Minyard and Gretchen Minyard Williams; Karen Hughes, Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs; Billie Leigh Rippey; Dee Wyly; Anita Perry, First Lady of Texas; Yvonne Crum; Geraldine “Tincy” Miller; Dr. Gail Thomas, President and CEO, The Trinity Trust Foundation; Mary Lee Cox.
"Women Helping Our Youth in Health and Education"