Honoring Women Making a Difference

Annual Self Awards Salute Efforts to Help Others

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Emcee Hoda Kotb (left) of 'Today' joins award winners JJ Ramberg and Haley Kilpatrick ; Laura McEwen, VP-publisher of Self magazine; and winner Lisa Scarpinato at Self's third annual Women Doing Good Awards.
Emcee Hoda Kotb (left) of 'Today' joins award winners JJ Ramberg and Haley Kilpatrick ; Laura McEwen, VP-publisher of Self magazine; and winner Lisa Scarpinato at Self's third annual Women Doing Good Awards.
Self magazine this week saluted four women for their work in making a difference in the world in its third annual Women Doing Good Awards. This year's event, sponsored by L'Oreal Paris, honored:

  • Lisa Scarpinato, who with her husband co-founded Kitchen on the Street, a nonprofit in Phoenix that sends more than 300 needy kids home from school on Fridays with Bags of Hope, backpacks filled with enough food for them until Monday.

  • JJ Ramberg, who with her brother launched GoodSearch.com, a search engine that donates 1 cent to a charity every time users browse the web, and GoodShop, connecting online shoppers with vendors that will donate up to 30% of each sale to a cause.

  • Haley Kilpatrick, who at the age of 15 created Girl Talk, a mentoring program that pairs high school and middle school girls to help younger girls avoid teasing and cyberbullying; in the past nine years, more than 32,000 girls in 39 states have joined Girl Talk.

  • Minka Kelly, an actress who became an ambassador for Stand Up to Cancer, a nonprofit organization founded by a group of media, entertainment and philanthropic leaders whose lives have been affected by cancer, after losing her 51-year-old mother to colon cancer.

The event also recognized its emcee, Hoda Kotb of "Today," for her work in fighting breast cancer.

The winners each received $10,000 to support their causes.

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