Gracious, game-changing and ground-breaking are the perfect three words to sum up L'Oreal Paris' 2013 Women of Worth. The beauty brand extended praise and thank yous to that group of extraordinary ladies during their eighth annual celebration at The Pierre in New York City recently.

The prestigious event recognized the women for their amazing achievements. The group of positive role models included a Sandy Hook elementary school teacher, a nurse aiding terminally-ill seniors, and a culinary entrepreneur whose nonprofit restaurant helps at-risk youth learn life skills. Brand ambassadors Lea Michele, Andie MacDowell and Diane Keaton each led special presentations at the star-studded celebration.

"We've been deeply touched by each of the honoree's stories and amazed at their steadfast determination, business savvy and personal perseverance to achieve success for the causes that they so tirelessly crusade," said L'Oreal Paris President, Karen T. Fondu in a PR Newswire release. "These incredible entrepreneurs and philanthropists truly epitomize everything our Women of Worth program represents, and should serve as inspiration for women and men everywhere who strive to make a difference."

Announcers revealed this year's National Honoree during the event, too. Winning the covetable title was Lauren Book, an Aventura, Fla. resident who is the founder and CEO of Lauren's Kids, a nonprofit focused on preventing childhood sexual abuse and helping survivors heal. 

Thanks to thousands who submitted votes during November on and L'Oreal Paris' social channels, Book was selected for the award.

"I am humbled and grateful for the overwhelming support from people across the country who voted for Lauren's Kids and all of the organizations represented by this group of incredible women," said Book. "This honor validates the work I have been doing these past few years and serves as motivation to do even more. Abuse changed me, but it did not break me. I consider myself a thriving survivor and will continue to advocate for sexual abuse victims and work to protect children from experiencing the same horror I did."

All of the honorees, who have caused a positive social change or helped in charitable causes, were awarded $10,000 to support their respective organizations. They also received national recognition for their particular projects and goals.

For a complete list of all the women or to learn more, visit

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