CPAF’s 40th ANNIVERSARY GALA – HIGHLIGHTS
It’s National Gratitude Month and we would like to express our deep gratitude to all who supported CPAF’s 40th Anniversary Gala on Friday, September 21, 2018. More than 400 participated in the celebration at the Los Angeles River Center & Gardens that raised more than $200,000 to support CPAF’s 40 years of engaging the community to end domestic and sexual violence through culturally-grounded crisis intervention and violence prevention.
- We were delighted to have ABC7’s David Ono serve as emcee for our gala. David Ono is the anchor for ABC7 Eyewitness News at 4pm and 6pm, the top rated newscasts in all of Los Angeles. He also anchors Eyewitness News on KDOC-TV at 7pm.
- 40th Anniversary Chair and CPAF Board Member Erwin Pineda welcomed guests and thanked fellow committee members, including Brittany Morey, Willy Ma, and Culinary Co-Chairs Dan Fan and Elaine Chan.
- Gala guests heard from a former CPAF resident and survivor of domestic violence, who has since earned a degree and who now works at a full-time job.
- Scott Iseri, Board Chair for our community partner, Project MotiVAte, spoke to partnership in building healthier and safer communities, starting with youth: “…we have partnered up with CPAF in a healthy relationships curriculum, where leaders from CPAF came to our weekly study halls and provided a series of workshops, bringing awareness of the different types of domestic violence and opening a dialogue where youth can explore these ideas in a safe space.”
- Our staff, volunteers and friends helped create a festive and supportive atmosphere with Hands of Hope Jewelry, Yasuko’s Boutique, and “Experience the CPAF Journey”, an interactive installation demonstrating initial contact a survivor might make through the hotline to the realities of living in a shelter.
2018 CHAMPION FOR CHANGE AWARD PRESENTATION: DEBRA NAKATOMI
Left to Right: Judy Belk, The California Wellness Foundation; 2018 Champion for Change Award Recipient Debra Nakatomi, Nakatomi & Associates; Roselma Samala, CPAF Board President; Debra Suh, CPAF Executive Director.
Judy Belk, President and CEO of The California Wellness Foundation, introduced CPAF’s 2018 Champion for Change Honoree, Debra Nakatomi, President, Nakatomi & Associates. Judy joined CPAF Board President Roselma Samala and CPAF Executive Director Debra Suh in presenting the award to community leader Debra Nakatomi for her leadership and accomplishments in building healthier and safer communities. Learn more about our honoree here.
Culinary Co-Chairs Elaine Chan and Dan Fan and their committee invited and organized 10 Culinary Partners, 4 Beverage Partners and 2 Dessert Partners. We are so thankful to our partners for donating their talent, time and energy to create an exciting culinary experience for our guests. We’ve included links below to learn more about our wonderful partners – please support them and share our thanks for their contributions!
Barbara Jean LA – www.barbarajeanla.com
Cento Pasta Bar – www.centopastabar.com
Chinese Laundry – www.chineselaundrytruck.com
Daw Yee Myanmar Corner – www.dawyeesilverlake.com
Joy – www.joyonyork.com
Mama Musubi – www.mamamusubi.com
Oba – www.obasushi.com
Pearl River Delta www.facebook.com/pearlriverdeltaLA
Sticky Rice – www.eatstickyrice.com
The Ceviche Stop – www.instagram.com/cevichestop
Chimney Coffee House – www.chimneycoffee.com
Ketel One – www.ketelone.com
Mira Laguna Vineyard – miralaguna.com
Three Weavers Brewery – www.threeweavers.la
B Sweet Dessert Bar – mybsweet.com
Café Dulce – cafedulce.co
GIFT BAG SPONSOR:
Morgan Taylor Professional Nail Lacquer – www.morgantaylorlacquer.com
MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT: THE INSPIRATION
The Inspiration band closed the event with their signature brand of dance-inducing musical entertainment. We are grateful for the group’s continuing support to CPAF, and thankful to all the great musicians and vocalists for donating their talent, time and effort to bring fun and joy to this year’s gala:
|Tony Ryan – Guitarist/Vocalist
Marc Bosserman – Keyboard/Vocalist
Stan Cotey – Keyboard/Guitarist/Vocalist
Abdul Latif – Bass Player
Willy Ma – Guitarist/Vocalist
Tyler Ryan – Drummer
Bob Sullivan – Percussionist
|Paul Litteral – Horn Player
Michael Mull – Horn Player
Jim Scimonetti – Saxophones/Flutes/Vocalist
Craig Kupka – Trombone Player
William F. Jordan – Lead Vocalist
Casey Chong – Vocalist
MANY, MANY THANKS TO ALL OUR SPONSORS AND SUPPORTERS WHO MADE THIS EVENT POSSIBLE!