SOURCE: YWCA Santa Monica / Westside

February 17, 2011 10:00 ET

YWCA Celebrates 85 Years in Santa Monica at the 2011 Focus Awards

SANTA MONICA, CA--(Marketwire - February 17, 2011) - The YWCA will celebrate its 85th Anniversary in Santa Monica at the 2011 Focus Awards Gala on Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. at the historic Santa Monica Bay Woman's Club. Featuring Keynote Speaker Jamie Lee Curtis, "Freaky Friday," "True Lies" and "A Fish Called Wanda," the YWCA will honor Latina media dynamo Nely Galan, former president of the powerhouse Telemundo network, creator and executive producer of the FOX reality hit "The Swan" and guest on the NBC hit "The Celebrity Apprentice with Donald Trump." Focus Awards will be presented to Kesa Kivel, Stacia Rae Robitaille and RAND Corporation for their passionate support of YWCA programs over the years. Emmy Award-winner Richard Partlow will be the master of ceremonies and guests will enjoy cuisine by Claud Beltran, whose restaurant Noir Food & Wine was rated Best New Restaurant in Los Angeles by Zagat for 2011.

Now in its 34th year, the Focus Awards honors exceptional women who inspire and empower other women to achieve their personal goals and contribute to the public good. This year, the YWCA will present Focus Awards to individuals and agencies that have played a principle role in the growth of YWCA programs over the years. "We are grateful to women leaders and community partners who have not only made our programs what they are today, but also continue to innovate and grow with us," says Julia Miele, executive director. "We look forward to a truly memorable event, where we will unveil three new programs that will launch our newly completed Strategic Plan," says Mary Tower, president of the board of directors. 

Established in 1926, the YWCA Santa Monica / Westside is an affiliate of the YWCA of the USA, the oldest and largest women's membership movement in the world, with over 500 affiliates worldwide. The mission of the YWCA is: Strengthened by diversity, the YWCA empowers women and girls by creating opportunities for growth and leadership. Through child development, youth leadership, girls' athletics, transitional housing and education, parent education and women's programs, the YWCA's Cycle of Life programs offer a place for women and girls at any life stage to transition through important turning points in their lives.

Contact Information

  • Media contact:
    Julia Miele
    Phone: 310-452-3881, x 111
    E-mail: Email Contact