EmpowHer Institute Honors Community Champions – “Girls to Greatness Salute” Fundraiser

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Actress Wendy Raquel Robinson and Hip-Hop Icon Yolanda “Yo-Yo” Whitaker host Change Maker Awards “Ignite the Power Within”

“When we look back over the years, we are thrilled to have such stalwart support to inspire our girls to greatness,” said Betty LaMarr, CEO of EmpowHer Institute.

Since its inception in 2003, The EmpowHer Institute has given over 3500 teen girls from low income communities the tools to succeed through practical life skills, leadership and financial mentoring programs allowing teen girls the opportunity to design a future that prepares them for tomorrow’s careers.

The EmpowHer Institute will hold an invite-only fundraiser on Thursday, April 28, 2016, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Mount Saint Mary’s University - Doheny Mansion, 10 Chester Place, Los Angeles, CA 90007, celebrating exemplary men and women in the community who have supported their programs and unwavering efforts for at-risk Los Angeles middle and high school girls.

Hosted by Actress Wendy Raquel Robinson and Hip-Hop icon Yolanda “Yo-Yo” Whitaker, these talented women are a perfect fit to co-emcee since they are both products of the very same communities and embody the event’s theme “Ignite the Power Within” as they have always been committed to mentoring and encouraging young girls to continue to strive to be the change in their communities.

“When we look back over the years, we are thrilled to have such stalwart support to inspire our girls to greatness,” said Betty LaMarr, CEO of EmpowHer Institute.

This year’s honorees include Darrell Brown, SVP Consumer Banking U.S. Bank, Denise Clements, CEO Community Recruiting, and Martha Daniel, CEO Information Management Resources, Inc. with empowerment and inspirational speakers Surina Khan from Women’s Foundation of California along with Scholar, Humanitarian, and Author Dr. Tererai Trent; with entertainment provided by Flutist Dawn Norfleet.

Generous sponsors supporting the Change Maker Awards include Edison International, U.S. Bank, Southern California Gas, IMRI, California Senator Holly Mitchell, Capital Bank, JP Morgan Chase, UPS, Community Recruiting and Lawrence Livermore National Labs.

For more information on the EmpowHer Institute or to make a donation, visit http://www.empowher.org.

About EmpowHer Institute
EmpowHer Institute is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization that works with an average of 300 underprivileged girls ages 11-14 annually to create opportunities that can improve their socio-economic status and living conditions. We offer paths to success by building character, confidence and careers through mentoring, education and exposure to venues outside the girls’ everyday lives. To learn about future events and opportunities to volunteer or donate, please call 310.574.9181 or visit http://www.empowher.org.

About Girls to Greatness Salute
The Girls to Greatness Salute celebrates extraordinary individuals whose success in business and commitment to our community are powerful examples to the 3,500 teen girls from Los Angeles’ low-income and gang-infested neighborhoods who continue to strive and achieve, thanks to EmpowHer Institute’s skill-building, leadership and mentoring programs in Los Angeles middle and high schools.

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