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GIRL POWER! A PLACE CALLED HOME HONORS INSPIRATIONAL WOMEN

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Women are honored as role models for girls served by APCH in its GirlPower Project A Place Called Home (APCH), which for 20 years has provided a safe haven for underserved youth in South Central Los Angeles, honored four outstanding women whose personal and professional lives provide inspiration to the young women and girls served by APCH’s programs, most notably those enrolled in its GirlPower Project. “We’re so fortunate to be able to recognize these four women whose professional and volunteer leadership continues to make a difference for our community’s children,” said Jonathan Zeichner, APCH’s executive director. “We constantly seek to present role models to our young people— outstanding women and men who influence our society for the greater good. There’s little question that Amy Ziering, Dana Green, Susan Feldman and Alison Pincus fall into that illustrious category.” An award-winning and Oscar-nominated documentary producer and director, Amy Ziering was presented with the GirlPower Social Change Award. While the award recognizes Ziering’s body of work, it particularly honors her 2012 documentary “The Invisible War,” a groundbreaking investigation into the epidemic of rape in the U.S. military. The film won major awards at the Sundance Film Festival and the Independent Spirit Awards. Ziering’s other works include “Outrage,” which received an Emmy nomination, and “The Memory Thief,” which was both a New York Times critics’ pick and won numerous other festival awards. The GirlPower Legacy Award was presented to Dana Green, who has a ten-year history of volunteering at APCH. A decade ago, Green conceptualized the idea of providing formal wear to underprivileged young women who wanted to attend their prom or graduation ceremony, but couldn’t afford the luxury of an appropriate dress. “The Cinderella Project,” as it’s called, has provided thousands of formal outfits to girls most in need and, in 2012, “The Prince Charming Project” was added to provide the male counterpart. Green is Executive Director, Media Relations for Disney Channels and is responsible for the media relations for a host of Disney programs for children. Receiving the GirlPower Innovators Award were Susan Feldman and Alison Pincus, co-founders of the hugely successful online membership shopping site, One Kings Lane. Feldman serves as the organization’s chief merchandizing officer, travelling the world to bring exciting and unique products to One Kings Lane’s sophisticated customer base. Prior to founding the company, Feldman held a variety of senior positions in the apparel industry. Pincus, a digital media veteran, serves as Chief Partnership Officer of One Kings Lane. In this role, she’s the principal spokesperson for the company, and oversees business development and strategic partnerships. Previously, Pincus held digital marketing and business development positions at Disney and NBC, among others. She serves on the boards of the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco and the Aspen Art Museum in Aspen Colorado. Both Feldman and Pincus hold MBA degrees from the Anderson School of Business and Management at UCLA. Over 300 guests attended the GirlPower Awards Luncheon, which was held in the Crystal Ballroom of the Beverly Hills Hotel on Sunset Boulevard in Beverly Hills. The luncheon itself was preceded by a reception and sales boutique. Proceeds from the latter and from the luncheon provide funding for APCH programs, including its GirlPower Project. Fifteen girls from the Project participated in the luncheon program, each sharing a snapshot of how their lives were changed by being involved in GirlPower and APCH. “In addition to paying tribute to our worthy honorees, this luncheon gives us the opportunity to celebrate a special group of inner-city teens who are learning and growing into strong young women who will lead the way and pay it forward for the younger girls who look up to them,” noted Zeichner. About A Place Called Home A Place Called Home (APCH) is a safe haven in South Central Los Angeles where underserved youth are empowered to take ownership of the quality and direction of their lives through programs in education, arts and well-being; and are inspired to make a meaningful difference in their communities and the world. Core programs work in conjunction with one another to support APCH members in avoiding destructive behaviors by developing life skills and motivation to overcome adversity, make healthy, productive choices and take advantage of the opportunities that lie before them. For more information visit www.apch.org.

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