Friday, October 25, 2013

YWCA Week Without Violence 2013

We’ve completed another successful Week Without Violence events.  We kicked the week off with our Women for Racial Justice Breakfast on Monday, October 21st at the Pasadena Hilton.  Dr. Analise Enrile delivered a powerful message that left all guests ready to take action against human traffickers and empowered guests to stand up for women’s rights.  Cher Calvin from KTLA news was the Emcee and Dr. Jacqueline Jacobs received our 2013 Women for Racial Justice Award.  A special thank you to U.S. House of Representative Congresswoman Judy Chu for serving as our 2013 Honorary Chairwoman.

Special thanks to all of our sponsors Avery Dennison, Kaiser Permanente, Southern California Edison, Wells Fargo, All Saints Church, The Gas Co., Pacific Oaks College, PCL Construction and US Bank. To all of our supporters and donors, a BIG THANK YOU because we could not have done this without you.  

We would also like to thank our in-kind donation sponsors who contributed to our raffle:  Los Angeles Sparks, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Lakers, Pasadena Ice Skating, Tournament of Roses, Sharp Seating Company, In-N-Out, Tommy's Burgers, Nestle, Aquarium of the Bay, Aquarium of the Pacific, Pasadena Police Department, Johnnie Mae Teacakes, Los Angeles Zoo, Boomers Gofl, A Noise Within, Pasadena Playhouse, El Portal, Mark Robert Halper Photography, Massage Envy, Zoey Van Jones Waxing Studio, Wine and Canvas, Color Me Mine, Santa Anita Park and UCLA. 

Our media sponsors included: Pasadena Now, Pasadena Magazine and Mosheh Photography.  Other thanks go to 10,000 Villages, Arcadia Sign Company, Gorilla Banners, Pasadena Water and Power and Eleanor Lee.

On Tuesday, October 22nd the YWCA hosted Mind, Body and Soul: Survivors Edition, a three-part workshop for survivors of Domestic Violence.  Our survivors attended three workshops that covered the mind, body and soul.  Chella from Money Basics 101 presented our financial literacy segment, Brittney from ‘A Temple Within,’ conducted a yoga workshop that challenged the ladies to stretch away their current worries and our masseuse helped the ladies enjoy the power of touch.  We would like to thank PF Chang’s General Manager, Kevin Sedik for the generous donation of food.  We would also like to thank Jamie Barton of FEMDefend for providing items for the gift bags.  Tears and laughter closed another successful event for our Domestic Violence survivors.  Remember that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and we are collected items at our office to assist women and their children, this campaign runs through November 1st. Please call our office for more information 626-296-8433.

The YWCA took over City Hall for their first Annual Chalk for Change Festival.  More than 100 people gathered to chalk for a change.  We would like to thank the City of Pasadena, Jackie Robinson Center, Panda Express – Panda Cares Program, Planned Parenthood Pasadena, Pasadena Police Department, Day One, La Pintoresca Teen Center, Peace Over Violence and Institute for Girls Development for being a part of a committee that planned such a successful event.  The kids were able to express themselves via art and they had positive and inspirational messages and pictures to share with passerby’s.

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