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Roslyn S. Jaffe Awards Herald Grassroots Organizations

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“This is my favorite day of the year,” said David Jaffe, chairman and chief executive officer of the Ascena Retail Group. He was, of course, referring to the annual Roslyn S. Jaffe Awards, organized by the Ascena Foundation, which were held Tuesday at Cipriani 42nd Street in Manhattan. The event, in its fifth year, honors grassroots organizations helping women and children in innovative ways, specifically in the areas of health, education, social reform and esteem. This year’s winners were Nicole Lewis of Generation, a Washington, D.C.-area nonprofit helping to break cycles of teenage pregnancy and poverty and helping them to lead independent lives and prepare their kids for kindergarten. Lewis, a teen parent herself, received the $100,000 grand prize grant. Janice Zaballero and Julia Smith of the Breast Treatment Task Force, a grassroots organization providing cancer screening and diagnostic referral to uninsured women in New York, received a $25,000 grant. And Catherine Lindroth of The Summer Learning Collaborative based in Delaware, which helps community institutions provide summer learning for low-income youth, also received a $25,000 grant. Soledad O’Brien, Roslyn Jaffe and Nicole Lynn.  The Ascena Foundation launched a new award category, the Young Changemaker Award, which went to 18-year-old Herlead Fellow Faith Florez of California, the founder

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