Lea Michele was among the number of celebrities that attended the L'Oréal Paris eighth annual Women of Worth celebration Dec. 3 in New York City, giving honor to the outstanding achievements of the year's honorees.
United in their extraordinary efforts and dedication to their causes, the 10 women recognized are raising the bar and breaking new ground to pursue their passions and make positive changes in their communities. Among the honorees is a Sandy Hook Elementary School teacher empowering teachers across the country to teach students compassion, and a nurse aiding terminally-ill seniors in accomplishing their bucket lists.
"We've been deeply touched by each of the honoree's stories and amazed at their steadfast determination, business savvy and personal perseverance to achieve success for the causes that they so tirelessly crusade," said L'Oréal Paris President, Karen T. Fondu. "These incredible entrepreneurs and philanthropists truly epitomize everything our Women of Worth program represents, and should serve as inspiration for women and men everywhere who strive to make a difference."
Michele serves as a L'Oréal Paris ambassador along with Diane Keaton, Andie MacDowell and Aimee Mullins. On the red carpet, the Glee star showed who her Woman of Worth is by holding up a sign that said "my mom." Today co-host Hoda Kotb did the same but holding up a sign that read "My Woman of Worth is...Mom."
Michele's mother, Edith Sarfati, helped her cope with the death of her boyfriend and Glee costar Cory Monteith. Sarfati visited her daughter on the show's set on Nov. 15. After wrapping up work, Michele enjoyed dinner with her mom in West Hollywood. The duo were spotted arriving at Real Foods Daily in Cory Monteith's old Range Rover.
Michele said Tuesday night she is happy to be back in her hometown for the holiday season. "Absolutely, I'm so happy to be in New York right now with my mom and my dad, to get to see some of my family."
The 27-year-old also said her parents' love and her music is helping her cope with Monteith's death.
"My family has experienced a lot of loss in their life and they've been so wonderful in being there for me and giving me the strength I need."
Michele dedicated two songs on her Louder album to her late boyfriend - You're Mine and If You Say So.