Costa Mesa, CA, August 11, 2014 – Vanguard University’s esteemed Global Center for Women and Justice will host the annual More Priceless Than Diamonds luncheon at the Balboa Bay Club on September 13, 2014, where 300-400 are expected in attendance.
For eleven years, the Global Center for Women and Justice (GCWJ) at Vanguard University has provided training and resources to enable leaders to promote justice for women and girls. The Global Center for Women and Justice at Vanguard University, a faith based organization, seeks to create a just world where women and children are safe, respected and valued. The GCWJ carries out this mission through education, research, advocacy and collaboration, working with students, educators, law enforcement, healthcare, and community leaders, to end human trafficking and the cyber-exploitation of women and children in Orange County and worldwide.
The annual luncheon, doubling in size from last year’s event, will raise awareness on one of the growing crimes in southern California, human trafficking. Jody Hassett Sanchez, formerly of ABC News and CNN, now acclaimed news and documentary producer, will be the keynote speaker at the event. Ed Arnold, news anchor, KOCE-TV/PBS SoCal, will emcee the afternoon and hold an exclusive interview with Maria Hall Brown from PBS, alongside survivor advocate and author, Shyima Hall.
Co-chair for the luncheon, Mary Beth Molnar, explains, “California is one of the nation’s top four destinations for human trafficking. As a parent and grandmother I want my community to have their eyes opened to the fact that these children are within our own population. These victims are our responsibility because they are our own sons and daughters. By financially supporting the GCWJ we are doing something tangible to stop this terrible crime.”
The Global Center for Women and Justice will also announce the first-ever Diamond Award winner for individuals or organizations whose activities and commitment promote justice and dignity for women and children in Orange County. The selection process for the inaugural Diamond Award has been an extensive search and nomination process throughout June and July. A judges’ panel comprised of business and community leaders, philanthropists, and Vanguard University faculty has evaluated the top nominees, and will be honoring the award winner during the September 13 luncheon.
“Too many females around the world are treated like second class citizens and Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice is trying to change that. The center’s work to prevent child trafficking cyber-exploitation is a prime example,” said Arnold.
To attend the More Priceless Than Diamonds annual luncheon, visit vanguard.edu/gcwj/pricelessluncheon
To learn more about The Global Center for Women and Justice at Vanguard University, visit gcwj.vanguard.edu
To request an interview, contact:
Erin Hales, Director of Marketing & Communications
55 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
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Vanguard University (VU) is a regionally ranked, private, Christian university of liberal arts and professional studies. Located ten minutes from Newport Beach and an hour from Los Angeles, Vanguard equips students for a Spirit-empowered life of Christ-focused leadership and service. Vanguard is committed to academic excellence, boasting small class sizes that are designed to cultivate lasting professor-mentor relationships that enhance the learning process. The U.S. News & World Report ranked Vanguard a top 10 regional college in the west for 2014 and The Princeton Review ranked Vanguard a 2014 “Best in the West” regional college. Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), Vanguard offers more than 30 degrees and certificates through its undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies programs. Please visit www.vanguard.edu
ABOUT THE GLOBAL CENTER FOR WOMEN AND JUSTICE
The Global Center for Women & Justice at Vanguard University is a faith-based organization that exists to advance the global status of women through research, education, advocacy, collaboration and hope. The Global Center for Women & Justice promotes gender reconciliation and the inherent dignity of all persons. For more, visit http://gcwj.vanguard.edu