Vote for “Best of You”

Sally Hansen and Glamour Magazine have announced the semi finalists of their 11th annual “Best of You” contest, which honors women for using their best qualities to make a difference in their communities and around the world.

Finalists are recognized for their charitable actions and extraordinary kindness, and are chosen based on written essays that illustrate how they utilize the best in themselves to bring out the best in others. Nominees are judged on their inspirational qualities and the scope of their accomplishments.

Help select this year’s winners by voting at through February 7, 2011. Just for voting, readers will be entered to win a gift basket of beauty goodies from Sally Hansen and Glamour. For each vote, Glamour Magazine will also donate $1 to Deutsche Knochenmarkspenderdatei (DKMS), the world’s largest bone marrow donor center committed to the fight against leukemia.

Each of the 4 winners will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City plus $1000 in spending money. Sally Hansen will present each woman with a $1000 check to be donated to the charity of her choice. They will then receive full-service Glamour makeovers and will be professionally photographed for a Sally Hansen ad portfolio to run in the September 2011 issue of Glamour.

The 2011 “Best of You” semi finalists you can vote for are:

  • Christine Caserta, Chappaqua, NY: Christine is currently developing a nonprofit organization that sends doctors to Haiti to educate the health community while providing medical care to Haitians. Last year alone, her dedicated team of doctors and nurses was able to secure $10,000 in services for Haiti and another $10,000 in medical supplies. From filing paperwork and researching grants to assisting in surgery and post-op, Christine is always ready to lend a helping hand. In 2011 she hopes to have this nonprofit, tentatively named Hands Up for Haiti, up and running, with about 5 trips on the schedule.
  • Daniela Colaianni Poe, Brooklyn, NY: Daniela believes that self-expression is important for an individual’s personal development. Inspired by this belief, she founded ArtAloud, a nonprofit organization with an ambitious mission of bringing expressive arts and yoga therapy to as many people and communities as possible. By offering free programs to inner-city children and adults, Daniela hopes to encourage and foster universal toleration for others’ beliefs and ideas in a world so full of misunderstandings.
  • Donna Dicenzo, Orinda, CA: When she became an empty nester, Donna realized it was time to focus on her passion for helping others. This mother, wife and physician volunteers with MedLend, an organization that provides medical services and supplies to underdeveloped communities around the world. Over the past four years, she has gone on four medical missions to the Philippines and Peru and worked with local medical teams to help those that are less fortunate.
  • Michelle Chen, Los Angeles, CA: Coming from a low-income immigrant family, Michelle was inspired to create the Bruin Initiative, a program that offers free SAT and college-preparation classes for underserved high school students from inner-city Los Angeles. Michelle, her sister and their network of volunteers work together to bring students 10 weeks of SAT prep and college application help. In the past 4 years, the Bruin Initiative has had a 100% success rate in boosting these students’ SAT scores and getting them into the colleges of their choice.
  • Teresa Gallardo, Fontana, CA: After Teresa’s baby girl Makayla died due to premature birth complications, she was determined to help families with babies in neonatal ICUs. In 2002 she started Makayla’s Haven Foundation, a nonprofit organization to help these families pay for food, gas and, in some cases, funeral expenses. Over the past 8 years, Makayla’s Haven Foundation has raised an average of $10,000 a year and last October raised $4,600 at one event alone.
  • Alison Hicks, Tualatin, OR: In memory of her daughter, Chelsea, who passed away from cancer at age 5, Alison created Chelsea’s Closet, a mobile closet filled with games, snacks and costumes for in-patient children in hospitals throughout the Northwest. Through monthly visits at these hospitals, Chelsea’s Closet always brings a smile to these children’s faces while making their day a little brighter.
  • Kelly Terry, Oakhurst, NJ: After her daughter Mya was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML), Kelly created an online blood drive to help increase Mya’s odds of being matched to a donor. Through her efforts, Mya’s donor was found within 90 days, and more than 2,000 new registrants were added to the national registry from across the US. Kelly and her family continue their commitment to this cause by running annual blood drives out of their home. Their next drive is scheduled for June 2011.
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