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2015 Roslyn S. Jaffe Awards Luncheon
Roslyn S. Jaffe, Director Emeritus, Ascena Retail Group, Inc.; Soledad O達rien, Host, Roslyn S. Jaffe Awards.  Photo by: Clint Spaulding/Patrick McMullan Company

Roslyn S. Jaffe, Director Emeritus, Ascena Retail Group, Inc.; Soledad O達rien, Host, Roslyn S. Jaffe Awards.  Photo by: Clint Spaulding/Patrick McMullan Company




$150,000 In Grants awarded to Everyday Heroes Who Help Empower Women and Children

On October 27, 2015, the Roslyn S. Jaffe Awards, a not-for-profit program, honored the Winners of $150,000 in grants recognizing individuals who help empower women and children, at a luncheon held at Cipriani 42nd Street.  Recipients of the 2015 Roslyn S. Jaffe Awards are Jessica Sager & Janna Wagner, All Our Kin, Connecticut (Grand Prize $100,000); Simone Bernstein, VolunTEEN Nation, St. Louis, MO (Runner Up $25,000); Kelly Fair, Polished Pebbles Girls Mentoring Program, Chicago, IL (Runner Up $25,000).

With over 650 guests, the event was emceed by Award winning journalist Soledad O達rien. Special guests included Isabel Toledo, Carmen Marc Valvo, Heidi Weisel, Satu Greenberg, Celeste Greenberg, Roslyn S. Jaffe, Director Emeritus, Ascena Retail Group, Inc., David Jaffe, CEO, Ascena Retail Group, Inc., Elise Jaffe, Senior VP Real Estate, dressbarn, & Executive Sponsor, Ascena Cares.

This 2nd annual awards program honors the lifelong contributions of Roslyn S. Jaffe, who co-founded the first dressbarn store in Connecticut in 1962, by giving grants to everyday heroes who are making the world a better place for women and children especially in the areas of health, education, social reform and self-esteem. 

Mrs. Jaffe helped transform that one dressbarn store into what is now - the Ascena Retail Group, Inc. the third largest US-based specialty retailer, and the largest focused exclusively on serving the female consumer.  With its recent acquisition of ANN  INC., Ascena Retail Group now has $7.4 billion in annual sales across its family of leading brands, including dressbarn, maurices, Justice, Lane Bryant, Catherines, Ann Taylor, LOFT, and Lou & Grey. 

For additional information about the Roslyn S. Jaffe Awards, please visit




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