MEDIA ADVISOR

Black Women Physicians Celebrate 35 Years, Salute Two Honorees, Award Eight Scholarships
The Star Gala: Celebrating a Spectacular Past, Illuminating a Brighter Future

WHAT: On October 1, 2016, the nonprofit Association ofBlack Women Physicians will celebrate their
35th Annual Gala and years of empowering generations of Black women through community giving and
health education. Highlights of this Charity and Scholarship Benefit include a reception, then a
program complete with dinner, introduction of two inspirational honorees, awarding of$30,000 in
scholarships to exceptional medical students, recognition of an outstanding organization that
encourages teen girls, a live band and dancing. Traditionally, guests fly in from across the U.S.
for this most enjoyable event.

WHO:

Ms.Pat Harvey, CBS2/KCAL9 broadcast journalist will receive the Humanitarian of the Year Award
Dr. Alice Tolbert Coombs, past President of the Massachusetts Medical Society will receive the LifetimeAchievement Award.
Adai Lamar, Radio KJLH host will be the Mistress of Ceremony.
Diamond in the RAW, an empowering organization for teen girls will be acknowledged.
Crystal Penny will provide live music.

WHEN: October 1, 2016 with a 6 pm Reception and 7 pm Program, Dinner and Dancing.

WHERE: JW Marriott. LA Live 900 W. Olympic Blvd. Los Angeles, CA. Gold Ballroom and Foyer.

WHY:

This ABWP annual gala raises scholarship funds for African American women medical
students. To date, ABWP has awarded over $700,000 in scholarships to these outstanding students who
face incredible challenges. While Blacks make up about 4% of practicing physicians and Black
females less than half that number, their special roadblocks include inadequate primary education, lack of mentors and cost. ABWP members fill those
needs by being counselors, serving as encouraging role models and assisting with the extraordinary costs of
pursuing a medical career. While addressing the severe shortage of Black female physicians, since
1982 ABWP has continued their commitment to provide free health education through comprehensive
workshops and forums, partnering and networking to improve the health and welfare of the community.

HOW: For interviews or additional information, please contact: Carole Jordan-Harris, MD
(310) 881-2761 (office)
(310) 894-6102 (mobile)

abwpcorrespondence@gmail.com www.blackwomenphysicians.org
Best time for photos 7 pm until end of program