Fer­man wins na­tional con­test as honoree of L’oreal Paris’‘women of Worth’

North Penn Life - - Opinion - By Jenny Dehuff jde­huff@jour­nalregis­ter.com

Hers might be con­sid­ered a house­hold name around th­ese parts — for news MunNLHV, DW OHDVW — EuW 5LVD Vetri Fer­man was launched onto the na­tional stage Dec. 6 af­ter she was hon­ored as the top nom­i­nee in L’Oreal Paris’ 2012 Women of Worth com­pe­ti­tion.

Fer­man won out over nine other con­tes­tants for the na­tional dis­tinc­tion for her wRUN wLWh 0LVVLRn .LdV, WhH nRnSUR­fiW RUJDnLzDWLRn VhH co-founded in 2009. It is the fiUVW Dnd RnOy FhLOd DdYRFDFy cen­ter for vic­tims of child abuse in all of Mont­gomery County.

$SSHDULnJ DW 1Hw YRUN City’s pre­mier Hearst Tower, world head­quar­ters for all of Hearst mag­a­zines (Cos­mopoli­tan, Esquire, Marie Claire, etc.), Fer­man donned many prover­bial hats last Thurs­day night. She was hon­ored as county district at­tor­ney; founder of the Mont­gomery County Child Ad­vo­cacy Project, which pro­vides pro bono le­gal ser­vices for abused chil­dren; and, of course, her phi­lan- WhURSLF wRUN wLWh 0LVVLRn .LdV. 7hH HYHnW wDV DOVR spon­sored by the Points of Light Foun­da­tion.

More than 70,000 votes earned Fer­man the top spot of na­tional honoree. While each of the 10 women rec­og­nized re­ceived $10,000 for their re­spec­tive char­i­ties, 0LVVLRn .LdV UHFHLYHd Dn ad­di­tional $25,000 to­ward its en­deavor to guide, sup­port and re­ha­bil­i­tate vic­tims of child abuse.

“I was deeply hum­bled to be rec­og­nized by L’Oreal Paris USA and the Points of Light Foun­da­tion,” said Fer­man. “My nine fel­low hon­orees are do­ing exWUDRUdLnDUy wRUN DFURVV WhH coun­try. To have the chance to meet them and hear the sto­ries of their cre­ativ­ity, pas­sion and in­ge­nu­ity was in­spir­ing to me. I was deeply hon­ored to be rec­og­nized as the na­tional honoree for 0LVVLRn .LdV. WhLOH WhH 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 com­mu­niWLHV WR fiJhW FhLOd DEuVH Dnd help chil­dren heal is the PRVW VLJnL­fiFDnW EHnH­fiW RI this award.”

In its sev­enth year, the star-stud­ded cer­e­mony in 1Hw YRUN CLWy wHOFRPHd no­ta­bles from across the coun­try L’Oreal Paris VSRNHVwRPHn, LnFOudLnJ ac­tresses Andie Mac­Dow­ell and Ju­lianna Mar­gulies and ath­lete Aimee Mullins, helped host the awards pre­sen­ta­tion. Also in at­ten­dance were icons in the en­ter­tain­ment, pub­lish­ing and me­dia in­dus­tries, such as $ULDnnD HuIfinJWRn, $OOL- son Wil­liams, Tr­isha Year­wood, Jes­sica Se­in­feld and 5DndL ZuFNHUEHUJ.

Dur­ing the month of Novem­ber, vot­ers could log on to womenof­worth.com and cast their vote for the win­ner of the na­tional recog­ni­tion.

L’Oreal Paris’ Women of Worth com­pe­ti­tion se­lects ev­ery­day women whR DUH PDNLnJ D dLIIHUence in the world around them. The com­pany fi­nan­cially sup­ports this cause through grants and by rais­ing aware­ness for their causes.

Photo by RE­BECCA SAVE­DOW

Mont­gomery County District At­tor­ney Risa Vetri Fer­man was cho­sen as the win­ner of L’Oreal Paris’ 2012 Women of Worth com­pe­ti­tion.

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