(LOS ANGELES, CA) The 18th Annual A New Way of Life Re-Entry Project Gala and Awards will take place on Sunday, December 4th, 2016 at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel. A New Way of Life welcome’s Empire’s Casting Director – Leah Daniels Butler as a new board member. This event will celebrate the accomplishments of those who forge the path of leadership, provide examples of dedication and passion, and inspire others to embrace the challenges that lay ahead.
This is a red-carpet event and there will be live performances. This year’s honorees include New York Times Best – Selling Author – The New Jim Crow, Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness – Michelle Alexander, Filmmakers – WIGS Unscripted – Susan: A Documentary – Tessa Blake and Emma Hewitt, Professor of Psychology at Loyola Marymount University – Dr. Cheryl Grills Ph.D, Former ANWOL Resident and Certified Nursing Assistant – Vasanté Bailey, and Current ANWOL Resident and Graduate – Carolyn Robinson. The Mistress of Ceremonies will be FOX News Anchor, Christine DeVine, and celebrity presenter will be ABC ‘Castle’s’ Tamala Jones, and more.
A New Way of Life (ANWOL) Re-Entry Project was founded in 1998 in dedicating to helping women, families, and communities break the cycle and heal from formidable experiences of incarceration. Founder and Executive Director, Susan Burton says “It is critical that we, all of us, observe and understand the conditions and results of mass incarceration across our country, in our state, and in our communities. We must commit to creating opportunities for those reentering society. ANWOL focuses on linking promise with opportunity by providing a safe, supportive environment where formerly incarcerated women can begin their transformative journey. ANWOL provides direct services including housing, legal services, counseling, self-awareness and personal development seminars, as well as employment and educational opportunities.
Please join us as we pass the torch and inspire leadership in addressing the challenges of restoring rights, confidence, and dignity to the formerly incarcerated who are on the path of rebuilding their lives.” This year’s sponsors include UBER, Julia Meltzer & David Thorne, Starbucks Upstanders, Schultz Family Foundation, Serving California, Drug Policy Alliance, Affordable Housing CDC, Inc., Californians for Safety and Justice, Councilmember Curren D. Price Jr., Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Congressmember Karen Bass, Women In Film & USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, please Click Here.
Watch footage from ANWOL’s Gala in 2015.