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Honoree MacDella Cooper (photo: Patrick McMullan)

In 2004, Cooper founded The MacDella Cooper Foundation (MCF), a 501c3 international charitable organization devoted to empowering Liberian youth, especially orphans and abandoned children, by providing education and basic necessities. Known as "Liberia's Angel," Cooper's life is dedicated to these children in Liberia. Companies, individuals, and organizations including Frank Crystal & Company and CESLIE-The Women's Network™ are proud to support MCF.

Throughout the year, CESLIE- THE WOMEN'S NETWORK™ hosts the Company's women's service organization Momentum Women™ members and honors a woman with the Momentum Award™ who personifies the qualities that set the standard for today's modern woman. In November of 2007, we were pleased to honor, MACDELLA COOPER

On November 13th Dr. Dawn Cooper Barnes, Barbara Brennan, Mary Gust, Sharon Marantz Walsh, Cindy Zobian and Ceslie Armstrong hosted a private cocktail networking event and toasted Momentum Award honoree MacDella Cooper at one of the most glamorous rooms in NYC: The World Bar at Trump World Tower near the U.N.

For two hours, the Momentum Women membership, executives from co-underwriter Frank Crystal & Company, and invited guests networked, exchanged ideas (and business cards) while enjoying delicious POMtini's in the absolutely beautiful setting of the internationally famous The World Bar. Ceslie Armstrong introduced the evening's honoree and founder of the MacDella Cooper Foundation and presented her with the Tiffany & Company engraved crystal Momentum Award.

Ceslie Armstrong MacDella Cooper


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Ceslie Armstrong presents honoree MacDella Cooper with the Momentum Award™

In 2004, Cooper founded The MacDella Cooper Foundation (MCF), a 501c3 international charitable organization devoted to empowering Liberian youth, especially orphans and abandoned children, by providing education and basic necessities. Known as "Liberia's Angel," Cooper's life is dedicated to these children in Liberia. Companies, individuals, and organizations including Frank Crystal & Company and CESLIE-The Women's Network are proud to support MCF.

MacDella Cooper was born in Monrovia, Liberia in 1977. In early 1990, a brutal civil war started in Liberia. The nation's economic, political and social systems were decimated. The United Nations estimates that 250,000 people were killed and one million were displaced. More than 700,000 Liberians fled to neighboring countries to avoid the war. MacDella Cooper was one of them.

Mary Gust Sabina Ptacin Dawn Cooper Barnes Linda Ann Rentschier

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(L) Mary Gust & Sabina Ptacin

(R) Dawn Cooper Barnes & Linda Ann Rentschier

Less fortunate refugees have been living in camps for more than 10 years. Children suffered the most damage; a high percentage of them were recruited as child soldiers and the boys were taken to fight and the girls were taken as sex slaves. Other children were abandoned or orphaned.
She escaped to the bordering Ivory Coast after the death of her stepfather at the end of 1990. In November 1993, she finally got clearance to come to the United States and was reunited with her family. She received a full academic scholarship to college, where she obtained a degree in Electronic Communication. After graduating, she moved to Manhattan to pursue a career in fashion and corporate event planning. Cooper never forgot how much suffering her fellow Liberians endured. To help those in Monrovia, Cooper began donating to individuals, orphanages and women's groups five years ago. Those efforts grew into the MacDella Cooper Foundation.

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Today, Liberia has democratically elected the first female president on the continent of Africa. Since her inauguration in January 2006, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, with the help of the United Nations and the international community, has done an incredible job restoring order and peace to Liberia. President Sirleaf is working tirelessly to weed corruption out of government and create transparency. Former rebel leader Charles Taylor is now on trial for war crimes. Many Liberians who fled the country are now returning to help rebuild the country's infrastructure and economic strength.Public schools in Liberia remain closed but most private schools are open. Despite the progress that has been made, there are still many in need who are not being reached. 85% of the population in Liberia lives well below the poverty line.

Cooper’s dream is to educate as many Liberian children as MCF can support, so that they can later contribute to the economic redevelopment of the country and to make sure Liberia's history is not repeated. "I believe that education is the saving grace of Liberia and Africa as a whole," says Cooper, "But to promote education, we must first provide the basic needs -- shelter, food, clothing and security."
Some of the evening's attendees included:

Annette Hanson Amanda Tarkow Sherida Khan Barbara Brennan Fran Heller

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(L) Annette Hanson, Amanda Tarkow, and Sherida Khan

(R) Host Barbara Brennan and Fran Heller

Caroline Alexa McBride Cassandra Kelley Emily Conner Christina Varela Ceslie

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(L) Caroline Alexa McBride

(R) Cassandra Kelley, Emily Conner and Christina Varela

Jennifer Zimmons Adrienne Landau Linda Tucciarone Jeri Slavin Mary Gust Ceslie

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(L) Jennifer Zimmons, Adrienne Landau, and LindaTucciarone

(R) Jeri Slavin and Mary Gust

Marie Cannizzaro Evie Evangelou Dianna Feldman Tamsen Fadal Ceslie Nora Fay and Laura Pobst

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(L) Marie Cannizzaro, Evie Evangelou, Dianna Feldman and Tamsen Fadal

(R) Nora Fay and Laura Probst

Karen Freid Ferrol Lipton Sabina Ptacin Dr. Shirley Madhere

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(L) Rexy Legasp and Karen Freid

(R) Ferrol Lipton, Sabina Ptacin, and Dr. Shirley Madhere

Donna Spinilo Erin Dempsey Cassandra Kelley and Maria Ashe

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(L) Donna Spinilo and Erin Dempsey

(R) Cassandra Kelley and Maria Ashe

Divya Gugnani Caroline Alexa McBride Ceslie Genevieve Faust Tammy Tibbetts Ceslie

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(L) Divya Gugnani and Caroline Alexa McBride

(R) Genevieve Faust and Tammy Tibbetts

Stacie Nice Arianna Heideman Annmarie Camp Heather Fink Adrienne Landau

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(L) Stacie Nice, Arianna Heideman and Annmarie Camp

(R) Heather Fink and Adrienne Landau

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CESLIE-The Women's Network and Momentum Women wish to thank co-underwriter

Frank Crystal & Company.

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