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EmpowHer Institute to Honor Women Leaders at Girls to Greatness Gala Reception

EmpowHer Institute, a non-profit organization committed to increasing graduation rates among girls, will host the inaugural Girls to Greatness Gala Reception on Thursday, April 25, at the Raleigh Studios in Hollywood, Calif., at 6:30 p.m.

Los Angeles, CA, March 22, 2013 --( The event will honor female leaders with the Pathmaker Award, which honors exemplary women in the community who have created opportunities for girls and women in their work. Recipients include Elise Buik, CEO of United Way, Los Angeles; Dannielle Campos, Senior Vice President of Bank of America; and Penny Toler, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Los Angeles Sparks.

Buik is honored for her personal dedication to increasing graduation rates, decreasing homelessness, and developing a 10 year initiative called Create Pathways Out of Poverty: job training for low-income families. Campos is honored for her involvement in the Bank of America Foundation, for her social consciousness within the community developing initiatives for job creation and education and making loans to churches in underserved communities when others would not. Toler is honored for her trailblazing career as a female athlete and involvement with the “Points from Penny” program, which she created in 1998 to teach youth in the Los Angeles and Las Vegas the fundamentals of basketball, the importance of teamwork and value of competition.

Grammy award singer/actress Dawnn Lewis and actor Phil LaMarr will serve as the emcees for the evening. The event will consist of drinks, food and live entertainment by saxophonist, Keschia Potter and silent and live auctions with gifts and trips as prizes.

“I feel the light is shining brightly on EmpowHer,” said Betty LaMarr, Empowher Institute founder, “because these honoree’s are influencing females everyday as part of their work—and as their passion.”

Sponsors for the event include Edison International, The Los Angeles Sparks, Honda, U.S Bank, IMRI (Technology and Engineering Solutions), United Way, and Fostering Executive Leadership. The event is also aided and promoted by the Honorary Host Committee that includes Los Angeles leaders involved in the community.

Empowher Institute is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to empower girls and women by helping them gain the skills necessary through education, training and entrepreneurship to seek fulfilling and productive lives. For more information please call 310-574-9181 or visit
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