Queen of Soaps Susan Lucci (Genevieve Delatour, “Devious Maids;” Erica Kane “All My Children”) is adding one more accomplishment to her long list of admirable achievements: She’ll be returning as host for the 13th Annual UCP of NYC Women Who Care luncheon!
The benefit — which celebrates extraordinary accomplishments of women as professionals, caregivers and volunteers — is to be held at New York City’s Cipriani 42nd Street on Wednesday, May 7th. Lucci is a former Award honoree and has been deemed as the perfect fit to return as host.
“Susan’s longtime dedication and work on behalf of women, children, and families, combined with her own extraordinary accomplishments as an actress and author, made her the perfect choice to be our new host,” says Loreen Arbus, Disability Rights Activist/Producer and Founder/Chair of Women Who Care. “We are thrilled that Susan will continue to play a major role in helping us to shine a much-needed media light on the largest minority in the world: people with disabilities.”
“Susan cares deeply about helping others,” adds Edward R. Matthews, CEO of United Cerebral Palsy of New York City. “She is also an excellent example of a woman who has broken the glass ceiling, making her a wonderful choice to host the luncheon. We are incredibly grateful to Ms. Lucci for taking the time to once again help us raise awareness and funds for the comprehensive programs and services UCP of NYC provides year-round to thousands of people.”
Fans of the actress, who also hosts Investigation Discovery’s “Deadly Affairs,” may recall that Lucci narrated a video for UCP of NYC and Susan G. Komen last year to help raise breast health awareness for women with disabilities. She’s also visited Africa in support of Feed the Children, served at the March of Dimes’ National Ambassador in 2000, and has been a celebrity spokesperson for the Academic Medicine Development Company and The New York Cancer Project. She has also been involved with Broadway Cares Equity Fights Aids and is the recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the prestigious New York City Gracie Award, and the Muse Award for Women in Film & Television. In addition, she was inducted into the American Academy of Achievement Awards and presented with the Italian Board of Guardians Lifetime Achievement Award.
Previous Women Who Care honorees include Robin Roberts, Cyndi Lauper, Diane Sawyer, Gayle King, Lauren Bush Lauren, Amy Lee, Ann Curry, Marlo Thomas, Roxanne Mankin Cason, Francine LeFrak, Anne Sweeney, Patricia Duff, Linda Kaplan Thaler and many more.