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May 18


Soroptimist International of Huntington Presents: 2015 RUBY AWARD

Long Island, New York (Monday, May 18, 2015) - The Huntington Chapter of Soroptimist International presented Julie Levine, President/CEO of the Long Islands Women’s Empowerment Network (LIWEN) the 2015 Ruby Award.

The Ruby Award, honors women who have worked to improve the lives of women and girls through their professional and/or volunteer work. This award formerly known as the Soroptimist “Making a Difference for Women Award”, was named after the first federation president, Ruby Lee Minar. The Ruby Award was selected because a ruby is a deep red gemstone associated with wisdom, importance, vitality, strength, vivacity, power and love: all words embodying the strong and compassionate women who are our award recipients. Gayle Snyder, chairperson of the selection committee, stated “the Ruby award gives the club and the entire Soroptimist organization the opportunity to say “Thank you” to a woman who have made an extraordinary difference in the lives of other women”.

The Soroptimist 2015 Ruby award recipient, Julie Levine, is the CEO/President of Long Island Women’s Empowerment Network (LIWEN), the largest Emergency Housing Facility on Long Island. Founded in 2013, LIWEN has housed over 415 families in Suffolk County. “I see the struggles women have on a daily basis” remarked Julie Levine, “and the programs we designed at LIWEN are to assist women in reaching milestone and developing confidence so they can achieve goals for the future and improve the quality of their lives”.

In her closing remarks Julie stated, “Being honored here tonight, by Soroptimist International, inspires and strengthens my commitment to continue serving the women and girls on Long Island”.

May 8



Brentwood, New York (May 8, 2014) - Rick Bellando, Chairman of The Nassau County Independence Party, presented the 2014 Freedom Award to Julie Levine, CEO of the Long Island Women’s Empowerment Network (LIWEN), today at their 4th Annual Spring Reception at Oheka Castle in Huntington, New York.

“The Freedom Award is presented to individuals, not-for-profits, and Corporate Business Leaders in recognition of their outstanding leadership, vision and development of programs and services that strengthen and enrich the community,” said Rick Bellando, Chairman of the Nassau County Independence Party, “and Julie Levine exemplifies all the qualities and traits the Freedom Award represents.”

According to Levine, “this is a dream come true to have created this educational and living facility in Suffolk County and it is an honor to be the recipient of the 2014 Freedom Award from Chairman Rick Bellando and the Nassau County Independence Party.” Levine said, “sharing this Award and evening at Oheka Castle with my mother, the professionals at LIWEN, and my friends, is a night I will always treasure.”

Oheka Castle was filled with hundreds of attendees, including elected officials from all over Nassau County, Town Supervisors, Town Board Members, Corporate Leaders, and community members.

The Long Island Women’s Empowerment Network is a non-profit, community based organization with innovative programs that provide families and individuals access to housing and educational assistance, utilizing a wide range of government and private resources. Our Mission is to help displaced and economically challenged families find permanent housing and develop the tools they need so they can manage all future challenges independently.

Julie Levine, together with Al Rogers, opened the LIWEN Brentwood shelter in May, 2013. It is the largest shelter on Long Island serving over 400 women, men, and children.