Pasadena, CA - On October 21, 2013, the YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley will host the 11th Annual Women for Racial Justice Breakfast at the Pasadena Hilton Hotel. The event will be from 7:30 to 9:30 am and will bring together over 500 influential community leaders and advocates. The breakfast was established over ten years ago to exemplify the YWCA's mission of eliminating racism and empowering women. This event also kicks off the YWCA's Week Without Violence which is hosted that same week.
The YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley is thrilled to announce Jacqueline Jacobs, Ph.D., as the 2013 Racial Justice Award recipient. Dr. Jacobs has an illustrious career of racial justice work, spanning from the Montgomery Bus Boycotts as a college student at Alabama State University and continuing with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Dr. Jacobs has also served as Co-Chair of the Pasadena City College President's African American Advisory Committee, which advocates on behalf of African American students, and is currently the President of the Pasadena Martin Luther King Community Coalition, which has coordinated Pasadena's celebration of this holiday for many years.
The YWCA is also proud to have Annalisa Enrile, Ph.D. as our 2013 Keynote Speaker. As one of the few Filipina Ph.D.'s in social work, Dr. Enrile brings awareness to social issues in the Filipino-American community, and has been a vocal activist against human trafficking and violence against women. We are also excited to announce Congresswoman Judy Chu as this year's Honorary Chair of the Women for Racial Justice Breakfast. Rep. Chu is the first Chinese-American woman elected to Congress and is Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus. From these positions, she fights for the rights, needs and concerns of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. The YWCA welcomes Cher Calvin, Emmy award winning news anchor from KTLA 5, as our Mistress of Ceremonies for this year's breakfast. We are delighted to have such a fantastic line-up of awe inspiring women joining us at the 2013 Women for Racial Justice Breakfast!
Carmen Vargas, Chair of the YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley Women for Racial Justice Committee commented "We are honored to have Dr. Jacqueline Jacobs as this year's Racial Justice Award recipient and the YWCA is proud of all the hard work she has accomplished in the name of racial justice throughout her life. We anticipate a riveting presentation by Dr. Annalisa Enrile as well. The YWCA is expecting a full house at this year's event and we are eager to have these wonderful women joining us for a common cause: eliminating racism and empowering women."
Tickets and tables are limited, so be sure to reserve yours today! Individual tickets are $70, and tables of ten are available as well. Please contact Jessica Kubel at the YWCA Pasadena at 626-296-8433 to purchase tickets or for more information, visit our website at www.ywca-pasadena.org.
We would like to thank our sponsors for the 2013 Women for Racial Justice Breakfast: Wells Fargo, Avery Dennison, Kaiser Permanente, PCL Construction, US Bank, All Saints Church, Pacific Oaks College, Southern California Gas Company, Southern California Edison, Pasadena Magazine and Pasadena Now. Their support helps us to continue and expand our work within the Pasadena and Foothill Valley communities.
[About the YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley: The YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley began over 108 years ago to meet the needs of young women in Pasadena. Its programs address the mission of the national organization, "eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all." More information about the YWCA is available at www.ywca-pasadena.org.]