Welcome to Saving Our Daughters

The launch of the Saving Our Daughters’ Cinderellas Program

Saving Our Daughters, a 501 c-3 organization which works with girls from multicultural backgrounds through theater, film, arts and literacy, to help them to overcome the many obstacles they face growing up: bullying (cyber, gossip, face-to-face), dating abuse, domestic violence and other esteem slayers. Saving Our Daughters creates the tools to get teen girls discussing key issues and fired up to take the power away from negative issues as celebrity supported art programs, educate girls beyond the borders of a traditional classroom.

Saving Our Daughters initiatives are rooted in the arts and entertainment and focus on reaching thousands of teen girls and youth across the country with help from celebrity, corporate and community partners, making it possible to spark positive thoughts and actions.

Saving Our Daughters took on a deeper meaning in 2009, when the Founders Debbie and Curtis Benjamins’ youngest daughter, Iliss Marie, was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. In 2011, she sadly lost her battle to cancer at 12 years old. Since 2014, the engine of Curtis and Debbie’s work is now fueled by the devastating loss of his daughter.

In 2014, while on Broadway, acclaimed actress, singer, and talk show host, Keke Palmer, invited underprivileged girls, from the Bronx and Queens NY, to the Broadway musical, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Palmer was the first African American actress to play Cinderella on Broadway.

This opportunity for the young girls to watch their first Broadway musical with Keke Palmer in the leading role as the iconic Cinderella, was such an awesome experience that launched into an amazing program! Saving Our Cinderellas is a program that reaches out to girls of color in an effort to encourage them within the arts to help deter bullying in school.

Later in 2015, the Cinderellas program collaborated with Broadway actress & “Dancing with the Stars” winner Rumer Willis as she spoke to our group of homeless youth, after the production of Broadway’s longest running American Musical Chicago. To date the program has partnered with numerous popular musicals on Broadway in Time Square New York to encourage and inspire girls within the performing arts arena to help deter bullying.

Encouraging Words from our Celebrity GODPARENTS

Keke Palmer

Saving Our Daughters is a charity that I have been working with for a very long time—since I was 12. Over  the years, we have attacked issues such as bullying and self-esteem. The theme of Cinderella is “to believe the impossible”: this is the message that I hope to get across during our time together.

Shanola Hampton

To be able to mentor young women who look more like me who may not have always seen women who look like me in the spotlight, I think that will help them. This is a great initiative and I hope we see lots of changes.

Grace Gealey Byers

These are the girls we are raising to be the women of the world. It’s important to eradicate bullying where we can, and that’s what I feel Saving Our Daughters does.

Rumer Willis

I hope that they know I don’t have it all figured out. I grew up and I was bullied and very insecure. I hope, if nothing else, if I share enough of my struggle and share what I went through and allow myself to be vulnerable, I’ll let people see who I am. Hopefully, they in turn will find a little more love for themselves.