L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center Announces L.A.C.E. Award



Honorees at Annual Womens Benefit






ESPN and Lifetime Television Announcer Fran Harris to Present Awards






            Los Angeles, CA, Feb. 12, 2002 The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center today announced the recipients of the eighth annual L.A.C.E. (Lesbian and bisexual women Active in Community Empowerment) awards to be presented at the 19th Annual Womens Night on Saturday, March 9, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The L.A.C.E. Awards recognize local lesbian and bisexual women who have made significant contributions to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. The event will benefit womens services at the Gay & Lesbian Center.



            Each of these remarkable women has made a real difference in the LGBT community, said Gwenn A. Baldwin, executive director of the Gay & Lesbian Center. We are proud to recognize their leadership and commitment at an event that raises money for crucial services for lesbians and bisexual women.



The Womens Night gala recognizes remarkable women who have made a positive impact in the LGBT community or served as role models through their work in the arts, political and grassroots activism, and the business community. It raises funds to support womens services at the Gay & Lesbian Center, including primary medical care, mental health, family and legal services.



Fran Harris, an announcer for ESPN and Lifetime Television and member of the 1997 WNBA Houston Comets Championship team, will present the L.A.C.E. awards. The L.A.C.E. honorees were selected from community nominations.


Recipients of the Gay & Lesbian Centers Womens Night 2002 LACE Awards are:



lacelaceAmy Shomer, producer, co-executive director/founder of POWER UP Arts & Entertainment. Shomer (pictured left) has promoted a positive image of lesbian life in her 20 years in the motion picture, TV and live event industry. In her career, she has produced more than 100 TV commercials, five cable TV pilots, and numerous public service announcements and film trailers. She also has produced and directed live events and videos for non-profit organizations and companies.


Hope Hindrichs, chief financial officer at Frontiers Newsmagazine Extraordinary Volunteer. Hindrichs (pictured right) has volunteered countless hours raising funds for various organizations, such as Junior Blind, City of Hope, Heart Fund and Caring for Babies with AIDS. She also spearheaded Christmas fundraising projects at the Ocean Park Community Center to benefit Sojourn Battered Women & Childrens Center in Santa Monica. She has served as a board member for Christopher Street West and Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride, Inc.



lacelaceAndrea Meyerson, founder/president of Women On A Roll Grassroots Activist.
Women On a Roll, a sporting, cultural and social organization Meyerson founded in 1995, has reached more than 4,000 women in Southern California, offering a place to socialize and network in comfortable and enjoyable settings. A tireless advocate, Meyerson (pictured left) volunteers her professional talents pro bono to organizations, including Congregation Kol Ami, Outfest and Servicemembers Legal Defense Network.



Denise Jones, program manager of the Gay & Lesbian Centers Jeff Griffith Youth Center L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center Staff Member.
Jones (pictured right), who joined the Gay & Lesbian Center two years ago and has worked in the social services field for the past 20 years, oversees the Jeff Griffith Youth Center, which provides basic life sustaining services to LGBT and questioning homeless youth, ages 16 to 24, such as counseling, shower facilities, laundry and meals. In her current position, she has helped complete renovation of the Youth Center, increased the number of youth-specific groups by 75 percent and created a standardized policies and procedures manual.



laceElla Matthes, owner/publisher of Lesbian News Professional Achievement.
Matthes leadership and publishing expertise helped make LN one of the most visible and successful nationally distributed lesbian publications in the country. Through both of her businesses, LN and Superior Printers, Matthes has helped the LGBT community by discounting rates, donating services and contributing sponsorships to numerous agencies and organizations.



Chris Robert, co-chair of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund Public Service. As co-chair, Robert (pictured left) leads more than 24 national directors in setting policy and raising funds for the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, which helps increase the number of openly gay and lesbian public officials at local, state and federal levels. She is a founding member the new San Francisco LGBT Community Center, which opens in March. She has served as a member of the Board ofCommissioners for the City of Los Angeles Community Redevelopment agency since 1995. In this important role, Robert has been a leader in the effort to revitalize Hollywood and in generating more affordable housing in redevelopment projects citywide.



Rabbi Lisa Edwards of Beth Chayim Chadashim Spirituality. Edwards has helped bring spiritual healing and understanding not only as rabbi of the oldest gay synagogue, but through her numerous published writings and books, such as Why I Choose to be the Rabbi of a G/L/B/T Synagogue. She is an occasional adjunct Jewish Studies professor at USC, board member of the Progressive Jewish Alliance in Los Angeles and a member of the G/L/B/T Community Forum Los Angeles Police Department.





The evening will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 9, with a VIP Champagne Reception and auction preview. A cocktail party and auction viewing will begin at 7 p.m., followed by dinner and awards program at 8 p.m. The Beverly Hilton Hotel is located at 9876 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. Tickets are $175 and $275. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 310-201-5033. Award-winning writer and director Jane Anderson will receive the Gay & Lesbian Centers Creative Integrity Award; and Nina Jacobson, president of the Buena Vista Motion Pictures Group, will receive the Community Role Model Award at the Womens Night gala.




With the broadest array of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender services available anywhere and a budget of $37 million, the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center is the worlds largest gay and lesbian organization. The Gay & Lesbian Center is a powerful, non-profit force for civil rights and home to a variety of free or low-cost health, legal, employment, educational, cultural and social programs designed especially for our community. A staff of more than 275 employees and 3,000 volunteers welcome nearly a quarter million visits from ethnically diverse youth and adults each year.







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