The 2013 Rhapsody Ball
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On November 8, 2013 the YWCA of Greater Los Angeles (YWCA GLA) honored Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina, Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey and Union Bank with its highest public service awards. The accolades were the highlight of the organization's annual Rhapsody Ball at the Beverly Hills Hotel, hosted by the Society of Benefactrix, a special donor circle which supports YWCA GLA programs at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
The honorees for our 12th Annual Rhapsody Ball define the compassionate and inspiring achievement to which the YWCA GLA aspires. Their accomplishments have an energy that demonstrates how rich a life of dedicated service can be.
Supervisor Molina's constant work to humanize and elevate the status and experience of foster children is cited as a key aspect of the work for which the Soromundi Award will honor her. At a time when FBI investigations and arrests of adults making virtual sexual slaves for pedophilic prostitution, the salvation and rehabilitation Supervisor Molina has initiated for these most sorely abused youngsters will come into sharp focus through the presentation of this YWCA GLA award.
Through her effort to establish equal justice for young people who have never known any slight hint of just treatment, District Attorney Lacey's Silver Achievement Award symbolizes how that first prerequisite of self-worth can be achieved for the hopeless youngsters the prevailing system has used, abused and abandoned. Her award pays tribute to her campaign to establish that the law must more aggressively serve the disadvantaged than the powerful, a mission to which she has given her most concerted effort.
District Attorney Lacey's award was presented by leading lifestyle designer, CEO and Chief Designer for kiWorldwide and role model for women's success as entrepreneurs, Kathy Ireland, a recent awardee of the YWCA GLA's Phenomenal Woman of the Year honor. Celebrities and legislators who also attended the Rhapsody Ball included: Dyan Cannon, Maria Conchita Alonso, Jacqueline Bisset, Rebecca DeCosta, Kathy Hilton, and Vanessa Bronfman. Legislators in attendance included: Congressmember Xavier Becerra, Senator Holly J. Mitchell, Councilmember Curren D. Price, Jr., The Honorable Jan Perry, The Honorable Diane Watson, Mayor of Hawthorne Chris Brown, and Assemblymember Steven Bradford.
In presenting the corporate honor to Ms. Beat, Ms. Washington stated, "The Corporate Champion Award is designed to celebrate a business practice achieving great social benefit. The work of Union Bank has provided an example that the greatest profit for powerful financial institutions can derive from investing in bringing hope to the hopeless,"
YWCA GLA has experienced great positive effects from its collaborative efforts with Union Bank -- a partnership that has been in existence for over 13 years. Our collaborative community partnership continues to grow and strengthen. The dual collaborative vision represents all of the traits that we must expect of Corporate America. Union Bank has shown that the helping hand builds a great and fair society, and they have built roads to show how this can ameliorate the lives of people who have only been exploited."