CBS/KCAL & News Reporter Stephanie Abrams opened the ceremony and a special CBS News Clip of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was shown speaking out on the Los Angeles Domestic Violence Programs. Special Safe Passage Awards were given out to people who have helped and supported Safe Passage over the years. Among the Honorees were: Dentists William Dorfman, DDS (featured on The Doctors, Extreme Makeover, The Swan, etc.) and his partner Grant Loosvelt, DDS, CBS/KCAL Stephanie Abrams and Publicist Olivia Campos, as well as a special Certificate of Honor, from Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’
The Women Crowned in Glory Award was given to Actress Lindsay Wagner who gave an uplifting speech about surviving Domestic Violence and spoke about the programs she and James Beard who co-founded “Peacemakers Community”, a non-profit organization that offers families and individuals more constructive and peaceful ways of relating in order to break the cycle of family violence. James Beard is a leading expert in Anger Management and Domestic Violence Prevention and Lead Instructor for the LA County Sheriff’s Department and Hacienda La Puente Correctional Education’s M.E.R.I.T. Program. (Maximizing Education, Reaching Individual Transformation.)
Founder Trish Steele of Safe Passage and Program Director Linda Dolson presented certificates for who graduated from the "Stepping Stones To A New Life" program. Their testimonies were very inspiring. Also recognition of sponsors of Safe Passage: Verizon, CBS/KCAL 9, Barefoot Wine, Obagi Medical, Seraphim Films, Inc., Uno de 50 Jewelry, Mr. Pink, LLC, Christina Noonan, the Law offices of Donald Schweitzer, Dr. Fardad of Beverly Hills Cosmetic Surgical Group and Dr. Kathy Gohar from Versailles Cosmetic & Laser Center of Beverly Hills.
The afternoon Luncheon and Barefoot Wine & Champagne Reception had amazing performances by Award Winning Singer/Actress Brenda Epperson (Winner of the Angel Award for the Best Song “If You Believe” from the Movie Follow Your Heart as well as Acted in Amore, Storybook and the Young and the Restless) http://www.brendaepperson.com/
The silent auction was a great success as we raised over $34,000 from tickets, donations and auctions. There were framed 16 x 20 Amy Martin-Friedman Photos chosen from her Book. Pictures of Taylor Armstrong (Housewives of Beverly Hills) who was our special guest speaker; and Tanya Memme (“Sell That House”) and other Autographed Oscar Memorabilia such as a “After The Burning Bed” photograph of Farrah Fawcett autographed picture and Bowling shirt from Ryan O'Neal as Farrah was the for-runner of exposing domestic violence in the movie called The Burning Bed. Also an autographed photo & DVd of "Shattered Dream” by Lindsay Wagner along with her cookbook and Consultation of "Quiet the Mind and Open the Heart".
Quotes from our guests and sponsors:
"I cannot thank you enough for what was such a fantastic day!! We here at UNO de 50 were VERY proud to be a sponsor for your "A Day in My Shoes" Pre-Oscar Red Carpet event! The Safe Passage cause is so important to so many women today and to see all the amazing things that the charity has done for women, makes it that much more special to be a part of." Uno de 50 - Matthew Barbee - CEO
“Your diligence and providing maximum exposure to UNO de 50 and being so supportive of us being your 'Official Jewelry Sponsor' was a tremendous opportunity and now a fantastic memory of the great things that we all can do to help your cause.” - Team Uno de 50, Century City
"I and my team wanted to extend our sincerest thanks for working with us on getting involved so last minute. It’s truly a wonderful thing you are doing and we were so glad to be there." Mr. Pink, LLC - Twila Grissom - Sales & Marketing for MrPinkBeverages.com
“Great event and wonderful cause!" CBS/KCAL9 – Olivia Campos - Publicist for CBS
"Thank you Trish, we had a great time, what an event!" From Obagi Medical - Kathy Kirshy - Executive Assistant
"I am committed to be a part of this wonderful charity and to help transform lives."
Seraphim Films - Rebekah Chaney - CEO and Actress
"Although stupendous, it was not the endless views of Los Angeles that struck me when I arrived at the luncheon. It was the culmination of months of hardwork and effort put forth by various volunteers, members, honorees, and sponsors to raise awareness and put an end to sexual and domestic violence all coming to fruition in one moment. As both a committee member of Safe Passage and a sponsor, this had far exceeded anything I could have imagined or hoped for. " - Anna Stein, Safe Passage
The majority feeling I got from everyone is that they were so happy to be able to "pay it forward". - Rebecca Brancato, Safe Passage
“A Day in My Shoes” Amy Martin-Friedman The photographic portraits by Amy Martin-Friedman present the essence of Women by uniquely framing a moment in life signified by their shoes. The “A Day in My Shoes” book expands the discourse by sharing personal stories of courage and strength along with the photography.
In providing extreme life makeovers empowering women leaving abusive relationships, Safe Passage educates, councils, clothes, finds housing and employment, builds self love and confidence and even arranges restorative surgical services through the generous donation of highly skilled doctors Dr. Drew Ordon, Dr. William Dorfman DDS, from Beverly Hills Dr. Rita Chopra and Dr. Fardad Forouzanpour, Bruce Vafa DDS and Dr. John Vartanian.
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Every woman has a story to tell and “A Day in My Shoes” serves to shed light on these stories by featuring real woman telling how they overcame obstacles in life, reached career goals, or escaped a domestic violence relationship. It honors all women and reminds them that they are beautiful and courageous.
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