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215 E. Commonwealth Ave., Suite F, Fullerton, CA 92832
(714) 871-4488
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Our 8th Annual Prom Project will be on Saturday, March 11th, 2017 at 9am-3pm.The Prom Project is dedicated to helping High School Senior girls from low income families of Orange County attend their prom with self-confidence and in style by providing free prom dresses and accessories.
Prom Project
Chocolate Fantasy Honorees
Our 25th Annual Chocolate Fantasy Gala was a success and we want to thank everyone who supported the event! We honored Outstanding individuals who have made differences in the lives of others while providing a chocolate fantasy for over 260 in attendance. Applauds go to Dan Hughes and Lorraine Jones as the evening's Masters of Ceremony. Kudos also are extended to US Bank, our Premiere Sponsor, Alinea Medical Images, our Platinum Sponsor and Farmers & Merchant's Bank, our Gold Sponsor. Over $63,000 was raised to support the YWCA of North Orange County providing programs and services reaching thousands of women and their families throughout Orange County.
From left to right: Paulette Marshall, Andrew Carroll, Amee Laxpati and Dr. Barbara Hernandez.
Paulette Marshall was recognized as our 2017 Woman of the Year. She is being honored for her very active philanthropy and volunteerism. Paulette is active with MAMM Alliance for the Performing Arts at California State University Fullerton, she is a member of the Needlework Guild of America, a member of the Damas de Caridad, a support group with St. Jude Medical Center.  She is a current board member at All the Arts for All the Kids and the Fullerton's Sister City Association. She also supports many non-profits including Coast to Coast Foundation, Crittenton Services, CSUF Art Alliance, Fullerton Women's Club, Fullerton Collaborative, Love Fullerton Day, Friends of the Fullerton Public Library, the Muckenthaller Cultural Art Center, the Fullerton Museum, the Boys and Girls Club of Fullerton, the Friends of Jazz, WTLC, and the YWCA of North Orange County.

Andrew Carroll was recognized as our 2017 Man of the Year. The YWCA selected Andrew because of his fighting spirit and good business sense. Andrew is a current board member of Crittenton Services whose mission is to help heal the wounds of abuse and neglect; to strengthen families, whether birth, foster or adoptive; and to help troubled adolescents reach their full potential. Andrew has helped launch an "entrepreneur in residence" program at the CSUF Start-Up Incubator Program and launched an Angel Investment Fund focusing on providing very early stage funding to great ideas in North Orange County.

Amee Laxpati was honored as our 2017 Business Woman of the Year.  Amee is the Chief Operating Officer of Alinea Medical Imaging, a mobile mammography company dedicated to the early detection of breast cancer that help low-income, at-risk women in their neighborhoods throughout California. Amee realized the disparities in care that exists between privileged and underserved populations. She became determined to deliver the same level of convenient service in walking distance in their neighborhoods to all patients regardless of their socioeconomic status.  Under Amee's leadership, Alinea has increased their outreach in providing mobile mammograms by 200% currently screening over 20,000 women annually, detecting over 100 cancers per annum, mostly in their early stages.

Dr. Barbara Hernandez was honored as our 2017 Woman Advocate of the Year. Dr. Hernandez has been working with minors in the child welfare system for over 18 years. Throughout the years, Dr. Hernandez has worked closely with the Department of Probation, the Department of Children and Family Services, and the Department of Health and Human Services in providing a variety of intensive therapeutic services to children and families both in the community and in residential placement. One of the most recognized programs that Dr. Hernandez is currently heading is that of Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC). Her knowledge of attachment, trauma and the CSEC population have led her team to provide the most comprehensive treatment services available in Orange County and the surrounding areas.  "She is a tireless worker and indefatigable advocate of children and at-risk adolescents" stated Diane Masseth-Jones, CEO, YWCA of North Orange County.

Applauds were also extended to our in-kind sponsors and our volunteers including Vino Nostra Wines, Los Coyotes Country Club donating a 22 lb. chocolate fountain, the many local restaurants and bakeries that donated chocolates and to Rosa Wozab, President of the YWCA of North Orange County for donating over 200 chocolate ball cakes carefully decorated. Applauds also go to our volunteers that included the Women's Club of Fullerton and the El Dorado High School Key Club.

Event proceeds will help the YWCA of North Orange County provide free mammogram screenings for uninsured women, youth employment services, college tuition scholarships to adult reentry women 24 years and older, 200 high school girls from low income families receive formals to attend their prom, over 300 wives of enlisted Marines at Camp Pendleton receive formals to attend the Black Tie Marine Birthday Ball.  For more information about the YWCA, visit our web site,
Special Thanks to our Fashion Partners:
Ever-Pretty Garmet, Inc.
Project Glimmer
Salon Luxe
Sleekhair Beauty
El School of Professional Makeup
National Charity League (NCL)
Special Thanks to our Volunteer Partners:
The scholarship was started by Ruth Thurmond in the 1980s, when she began working with the YWCA to secure basic essentials like food and shelter for foreign students. In her work, she learned of few funding resources for women trying to go back to school, said her son, Don Thurmond.

Mrs. Thurmondís passion for educating women was planted at a young age. During her senior year of college - around 1938 - she met the man she later married, but when they first met her father did not allow her to wed until she finished college and spent one year working in her chosen profession - teaching, said Don Thurmond, who continues his motherís mission and scholarship even after her death.

In 2010, he was the first man appointed to the YWCA of North Orange Countyís board of directors in 84 years. He serves as the associationís treasurer and in his role, he oversees investments made to generate the income from interest that funds the scholarship.
Thurmond Scholarship
Thurmond Scholarships Help Six Women Achieve Their Academic Goals
Thurmond Scholarship Brochure
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