April 27, 2012 10:22 ET

YWCA Greater Los Angeles Hosts 2012 Phenomenal Woman Awards Luncheon, Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Organization to Honor Laphonza Butler With 2012 Phenomenal Woman of the Year Award

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - Apr 27, 2012) - The YWCA Greater Los Angeles (YWCA GLA) is proud to announce the 2012 Phenomenal Woman Awards luncheon to be held Wednesday, May 16, 2012 from 11:30am - 2:00pm at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza. The event theme is "Saluting Women Who Inspire Change."

The YWCA GLA will name Laphonza Butler as 2012 Phenomenal Woman of the Year. Butler is the President of SEIU United Long Term Care Workers (ULTCW), which represents 180,000 in-home caregivers and nursing home workers throughout California and is the largest local in the state. She also serves as one of twenty-five International Vice Presidents of SEIU -- responsible for providing SEIU leadership with strategic vision and counsel. She is a nationally recognized power broker on the issues of working families and the labor movement and exemplifies the YWCA's core mission to "eliminate racism and empower women."

YWCA GLA CEO Faye Washington said, "YWCA Greater Los Angeles is honored to salute Laphonza Butler with the 2012 Phenomenal Woman of the Year Award. Her personal and professional contributions have moved the YWCA GLA's mission of 'eliminating racism, empowering women' forward for women, and families both in California and internationally. She's both a global giant and hometown hero for laborers and is a longstanding advocate for equal rights."

Sponsored by Union Bank and Edison International, the Phenomenal Woman Awards fundraiser draws Southern California's top women executives and leaders to salute their accomplishments before an audience of the Los Angeles business community. Companies may contact the YWCA GLA to purchase tables and submit names of their star employees who they would like to acknowledge and celebrate. Media sponsors include Los Angeles Confidential Magazine and Clear Channel Radio.

Hosted by Clear Channel Radio personality Josefa Salinas, guests will enjoy a pre-event reception, lunch, inspirational speakers, awards ceremony, gift bags and live music performed by jazz saxophonist Joe Shashaty.

Proceeds from the event will benefit YWCA GLA programs and services. To learn more about the 2012 Phenomenal Woman Awards luncheon, visit To purchase tables or learn about sponsorship opportunities, contact Tracy Solomon Clark at 213-251-1328 or

About the YWCA Greater Los Angeles
Founded in 1894, the YWCA Greater Los Angeles has addressed the emerging and ongoing needs of the greater Los Angeles area. Celebrating 117 years of community service, the YWCA Greater Los Angeles core initiatives include: Child Development, Youth Development, Advocacy, Workforce Development and Housing, Seniors Program, Sexual Assault Intervention Program and Week Without Violence. The YWCA GLA is dedicated to providing "Safe Spaces, to Live, Learn and Grow."

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