Center for the Pacific Asian Family Announces 40th Anniversary Gala,
Honoring Community Leader Debra Nakatomi with “Champion for Change” Award
The California Wellness Foundation serves as Championship Sponsor with Judy Belk, President and CEO, introducing honoree
PRESS RELEASE: Los Angeles, August 8, 2018 – Center for the Pacific Asian Family (CPAF) announces the date of its 40th Anniversary gala event. On Friday, September 21, at the Los Angeles River Center & Gardens, 400 CPAF donors, volunteers, corporate and community leaders will gather in support of ending domestic and sexual violence. The evening features a food tasting sponsored by some of Los Angeles’ finest restaurants and a stage program with award presentation, followed by live musical entertainment from The Inspiration.
Proceeds raised during CPAF’s 40th Anniversary gala are directed to the year-round family services provided by the organization. CPAF’s mission is to build healthy and safe communities by addressing the root causes and the consequences of family violence and violence against women.
At the gala, CPAF will present the Champion for Change award to longtime community leader Debra Nakatomi, for her leadership and support in building healthy and safer communities. Debra is president of Nakatomi & Associates, a communications firm dedicated to advancing social change, promoting equity and designing initiatives for nonprofit, public and private organizations committed to social good. For more than 25 years, the firm has led campaigns to combat sexual violence and child abuse, promote health and wellness, environmental awareness and sustainable community development. As a lifelong advocate for women and girls, Debra’s clients include organizations committed to expanding philanthropy, promoting health equity and advancing wellness.
“We are thrilled to announce The California Wellness Foundation (CalWellness) is serving as Championship Sponsor of CPAF’s 40th Anniversary gala. We appreciate CalWellness’ commitment to protect and improve the health and wellness of the people of California by increasing access to health care, quality education, good jobs, healthy environments and safe neighborhoods,“ said Debra Suh, CPAF’s executive director.
“We thank our many supporters and friends for their partnership in working to eradicate all forms of violence. This support is vital and we invite everyone to join us in creating communities that embrace healthy relationships,” Suh added. A full list of sponsors is located on CPAF’s gala webpage at www.NurturingChange.org/gala.
In 2018, Center for the Pacific Asian Family (CPAF) celebrates 40 years of engaging the community to end domestic and sexual violence through culturally-grounded crisis intervention and violence prevention. CPAF’s 40th Anniversary gala chair is Erwin Pineda; he is joined on the gala committee by Willy Ma, Brittany Morey, PhD; and Elaine Chan and Dan Fan, who serve as the gala’s Culinary Co-chairs.
About Center for the Pacific Asian Family (CPAF):
Center for the Pacific Asian Family’s (CPAF’s) mission is to build healthy and safe communities by addressing the root causes and the consequences of family violence and violence against women. The agency specializes in serving low-income Asian and Pacific Islander (API) survivors of domestic and sexual violence and is committed to meeting the specific cultural and language needs of API women and their families.
CPAF invites everyone to learn more at NurturingChange.org and to share our 24-hour multilingual crisis hotline number with anyone who may need it: 1-800-339-3940. Join us and let’s nurture change together.
Online | www.NurturingChange.org
Social Media | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram: @CPAForg
24-hour Multilingual Crisis Hotline | 1-800-339-3940
EVENT INFO | CPAF’s 40th Anniversary Gala
Champion for Change Honoree: Debra Nakatomi, President, Nakatomi & Associates [Learn more about our honoree here.]
DATE/TIME | Friday, September 21, 2018, 6 PM
6-8 PM Food Tasting with Culinary Partners
8-9 PM Program & Award Presentation
9-10 PM Live Musical Entertainment: The Inspiration
LOCATION | LA River Center & Gardens, 570 W Ave 26 #100, Los Angeles, CA 90065
FOR MORE INFO | Visit NurturingChange.org/gala
TO DONATE ONLINE | Direct link here: https://cpaf.formstack.com/forms/40th