LAUDER HONORS: Service took on a new meaning at the third annual Leonard A. Lauder Volunteer Awards, where the Estée Lauder Cos. Inc. honored its employees who significantly enrich and impact their communities. “You’re here because each of you individually — one by one by one — you made the difference. You made great things happen,” Leonard A. Lauder, chairman emeritus of the company, told the group of about 100 attendees. The breakfast ceremony was held Monday at Le Parker Meridien hotel in New York. “You are all leaders, because others follow you.”

Executive chairman William Lauder and chief executive officer Fabrizio Freda handed out the awards to the diverse group. They included Yoko Ogata, a La Mer sales associate at Fujisaki Department Store in Sendai, Japan, who, despite losing her mother, aunt and family home to the 2011 earthquake, created makeup and skin-care clinics for women displaced by the disaster. Also honored was Leebashni Reddy, an account executive with Estée Lauder in South Africa, who worked tirelessly to raise funds for The RP Moodley School for Disabled Children after a car accident left her husband paralyzed three years ago.

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In all, 14 awards were given out, with Douglas R. Wood, Lauder’s vice president of enterprise architecture, strategy and structure, receiving the Volunteer Leader of the Year award for his work in helping to end human trafficking. As he congratulated Wood, Lauder noted how important volunteerism was to his family personally, noting the work of his late wife, Evelyn, in the crusade to end breast cancer. “One person really can make a difference,” he said.

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