Brittany Bergquist ’13 Named Woman of Worth By L’Oreal Paris
december 15, 2009

 

Brittany Bergquist '13

First-year student Brittany Bergquist (pictured left, photo courtesy of L'Oreal Paris) was recently honored by L'Oreal Paris for her commitment to service as one of its ten "Women of Worth."

The ten women were honored at the CNN Inspire Summit in New York City on Wednesday, December 9 with special guest speakers Mary J. Blige, Holly Robinson Peete and Erica Hill.

Bergquist co-founded Cell Phones for Soldiers, Inc., which collects used cell phones and uses proceeds to buy phone cards for soldiers overseas, with her brother five years ago.

The Women of Worth program celebrates women who passionately embody the spirit of volunteerism, The initiative honors women from around the globe and brings the L'Oreal Paris "Because I'm Worth It" philosophy to life. The 18 year-old Bergquist is the youngest honoree in the program's four-year history.

Each honoree received $5,000 from L'Oreal Paris for their charitable organizations in addition to a matching $5,000 donation made in their name to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.

"Each of these amazing women embodies the L'Oréal Paris philosophy and supports our unwavering belief in every woman's worth and in her power to make a difference in the world," said Karen T. Fondu, president of L'Oréal's Paris Division.

Cell Phones for Soldiers, Inc. collects used cell phones through more than 10,000 drop-off sites and sends them to ReCellular, a cell phone recycling company that pays CPFS for each donated phone. CPFS then uses the funds from recycling to send prepaid phone cards to troops serving at military bases and recuperating in hospitals, giving them the opportunity to connect with their families and feel closer to home.

Since 2004, Cell Phones for Soldiers has collected more than 2.5 million cell phones and currently collects an average of 50,000 cell phones per month. In addition to providing 550,000 prepaid phone cards (33 million minutes) to soldiers, recycling used phones has the added benefit of keeping tons of toxic waste and chemicals found in the old cell phones out of our landfills and water supplies.
Bergquist was named one of America's Top Ten Youth Volunteers at the 2009 Prudential Spirit of the Community Awards held at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce headquarters this past May. Over the summer, the Bergquist and her brother interned at ReCellular.

The subject of much media attention since beginning Cell Phones for Soldiers, Bergquist was recently featured in Parade Magazine.

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