MADE Magazine Issue 8 - Page 50

PAY IT 4WARD MADE By Ashlei Cooper December 13, BMW hosted a networking brunch at the Wheeler Mansion, in Chicago. Four women were honored at the brunch, which featured a cooking demonstration, car test drives, and live jazz. The brunch was met with such success that BMW announced it would officially launch a series in 2016 modeled on that initial experience. CLICK TO SEE MORE OF THE EVENT T he brunch series, officially titled “Pay It 4Ward,” made its second stop on May 15, in New York City. Held at the STK rooftop lounge, guests attended the brunch to witness four local women who were honored for paying it forward. The first honoree was Dr. Janna Andrews, an assistant clinical professor of Radiation Oncology at Hofstra University who specializes in Breast Cancer, Gynecological Cancer and Gastrointestinal Cancer. Andrews is the founder of the nonprofit foundation that BMW tapped as the official philanthropic partner of the brunch series. The foundation, Kicked It In Heels, is a 501(c)(3) foundation that provides transitional services to breast cancer survivors of color. “These corporations that take notice of community service and giving back are really on target with what this country needs,” Andrews explained. “I am extremely honored to have been chosen.” Guests at the brunch were invited to “Drive for a Cause.” For every guest who chose to do so, BMW made a donation to Kicked It in Heels. “The series underscores BMW’s commitment to celebrating diversity in professional industries and local communities,” said Kevin Williams, head of Multicultural Marketing at BMW Group. A close friend to Andrews, entrepreneur and lifestyle expert, Tai Beauchamp, emceed the brunch.