ProSearch Hollywood Half Marathon Fundraiser
Written by Verena Kwan

Running for Shelter in the Fight Against Domestic Violence

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Partial group picture after marathon

ProSearch Strategies employees (“ProSearchers”) recently embarked on a fundraising campaign in support of APWC, which raised over $10,000 in only a few weeks. In this dynamic campaign, the main focus was to fundraise through the Hollywood Half Marathon and 5K/10. A Committee consisting of Julia Hasenzahl, Trevor Allen, David Castaneda, Janet Polley, Damien Young, Erika Lara and Mit Patel gathered almost 50% ProSearch employees to “run for shelter” last Saturday, and rallied the support of their partners, friends and families to sponsor them and donate to APWC. To encourage donations, ProSearchers formed competitive teams to see which team could raise the most money for APWC. ProSearch also hosted a breakfast at The WAFFLE to celebrate all runners after the marathon in a fun environment.

To build excitement among employees for the Hollywood Half Marathon, ProSearch also hosted pre-marathon fundraising events such as a Sumo Wrestling Fundraiser to “fight against domestic violence” and a merchandise drive.

APWC is extremely grateful for the hard work and dedication of the ProSearchers involved in this campaign, which will help APWC continue to provide services to survivors of domestic violence.

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“This year we wanted to turn over a new leaf by offering our help to a local hero, APWC, because they simply do good work. It’s something we really appreciate, good work, particularly when it’s done by a small organization with modest resources that manages to scrap and get things done…and done well. These are our heroes. They unselfishly put their heads down and work hard to make their community better; never worrying about accolades and just hoping their work helps others. It seems like the true definition of “hero” to us. We just hope our efforts help APWC continue to inspire.” –Mit Patel, ProSearch Employee

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Colorado State Alternative Breaks
Written by Verena Kwan

13 Volunteers, 1 Week.

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From March 17-21st, a group of 13 students from Colorado State University devoted their spring break vacation to volunteering with APWC through Alternative Breaks. This group of individuals from different backgrounds and experiences (or lack of experience) with domestic violence in the Asian and Pacific Islander community dived in and committed themselves to volunteering.

Throughout the week, the Colorado State volunteers helped us beautify our community center and office. This task wasn't an easy task because APWC had a lot of boxes that needed to be sorted and organized! Now, our community center looks great and gives our clients a more comfortable environment to be in when they come for in-house services. Our community center even has two counselling rooms, making it easier to serve more clients at a time. In addition to organizing our office, the volunteers also helped us paint a beautiful mural for our counselling and conference room. The mural consists of 13 segments or puzzle pieces surrounding APWC’s logo. Each of the volunteers chose a segment on the mural to express what symbolizes freedom in their eyes.

The Colorado State volunteers also engaged clients at our transitional shelter with supportive group activities, including activities to paint tote bags for our 12th Annual Metamorphosis Gala in May, making friendship bracelets, and painting “peace rocks”. On the last day of their service, the Colorado State volunteers took clients from our transitional shelter on a field trip to a park. At the park, kids of all ages and adults had fun playing volleyball, tag, and other activities.

We really loved having the volunteers here and appreciate all of the hard work that they did for us and our clients! It is our hope that each volunteer will keep APWC and their experience with us close to their hearts, even though they’re now back in Colorado.

You can see pictures from this entire week by clicking here


2015 Metamorphosis Gala
Written by Verena Kwan

Dear Friends of APWC,

It is with profound appreciation that we at APWC say thank you for supporting our 13th Annual Metamorphosis Gala. Your generous donation will allow our organization to continue supporting our survivors as they continue to discover personal strength, self-sufficiency and live violence-free lives.

Thank you to our Outstanding Corporate Partner: Blue Shield of California Foundation; our Outstanding Community Partner: Asian Pacific Community Fund; and our Outstanding Volunteer: Kalani Kim. Thank you to Larissa Lam for her beautiful performance and Denise Dador for being our mistress of ceremonies.

This year's event would not have been successful without your support. Thank you again to all our friends for your generous support in helping us work towards ending domestic and family violence in our communities.

Warm Regards,
The Asian Pacific Women's Center


Metamorphosis Honoree: Amy Elaine Wakeland

Outstanding Corporate Honoree: Blue Shield of California Foundation

Outstanding Corporate Honoree: Blue Shield of California Foundation
Denise Dador (Mistress of Ceremonies) with Nikki Dinh (BSCF) and Judy Lam (2015 APWC Board President)

Outstanding Community Honoree: Asian Pacific Community Fund (APCF)

Outstanding Community Honoree: Asian Pacific Community Fund
Denise Dador (Mistress of Ceremonies) with Debra Fong (APCF) and Judy Lam (2015 APWC Board President)

Outstanding Volunteer Honore: Kalani Kim

Outstanding Volunteer Honoree: Kalani Kim
Denise Dador (Mistress of Ceremonies) with Kalani Kim and Judy Lam (2015 APWC Board President)

 Click here to see more photos from the gala!

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Winter 2014 Newsletter
Written by Verena Kwan


What's been happening at APWC? Find out here!

In this edition of the newsletter, you will find:

- Samantha's Story: A Survivor
- Our New Volunteer Coordinator: Tang Moua
- Volunteer Spotlight: Tzu Chi
- Community Services
- February Highlights
- And More!

Spring 2013 Newsletter
Written by Asian Pacific Women's Center

Spring 2013 Newsletter

What's been happening at APWC?

Find out here!

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