Denise D. Resnik, board chairman and co-founder of the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center, or SARRC, and a member of the Autism Speaks Family Services Committee, was named a L'Oréal Women of Worth for her dedication to raising autism awareness and cultivating change in this arena. Beauty care company L'Oréal Paris honored Resnik, along with six others, at the CNN Inspire Summit on Oct. 10, 2006, in New York.
More than 1,600 women from across the United States were nominated by their peers for community activism. The Women of Worth program recognizes women who are living examples of the beauty of giving back — real women affecting real change, while collectively improving the lives of thousands of people.
Going above and beyond simple involvement, Resnik was recognized for her work with SARRC, a community-based nonprofit dedicated to research, education and resources for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their families. Her volunteerism was distinguished for how it serves her community, impacts individuals with autism and their families, and advances research.
Founded in 1997, SARRC is a nonprofit, community-based organization dedicated to autism research, education and resources for children and young adults with autism spectrum disorders, or ASDs, and their families. SARRC undertakes self-directed and collaborative research projects, serves as a satellite site for national and international projects, and provides up-to-date information, training and assistance to families and professionals about ASDs.
As a Woman of Worth recipient, Resnik received a $5,000 donation to SARRC. L'Oréal Paris also made a matching donation in each woman's name to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, L'Oréal Paris' charity of record. L'Oréal Paris plans to grow the program in upcoming years by increasing the number of women recognized across the country.