12th Annual Metamorphosis Gala Honorees
Written by Verena Kwan



2014 Metamorphosis Honoree: Amy Elaine Wakeland


Amy Elaine Wakeland is a community and women's advocate and is the First Lady of the City of Los Angeles. She has spent her career focused on economic, social, and environmental justice issues and currently serves on the Board of Directors of People Assisting the Homeless and Just Detention International, and on the Advisory Boards for the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy, the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust, and the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking. She is a recipient of the Rhodes Scholarship and the Truman Scholarship. She will receive the Metamorphosis Award from APWC at our gala this year.






2014 Corporate Honoree: Verizon Wireless

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Verizon Communications Inc. is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services. Verizon Wireless is committed to improving people’s lives and the communities we serve in the areas of education, healthcare and sustainability. Verizon Wireless is also on the forefront of domestic violence prevention by investing in organizations that provide education, prevention, care for victims and empowerment resources. Notable Verizon programs dedicated to domestic violence prevention are Your Voice Counts, HopeLine® and NO MORE. Verizon Wireless has been an amazing supporter of APWC, not only by providing capital support for our programs, but also by providing hundreds of HopeLine phones for our survivors to make cell phone calls to loved ones.


2014 Community Honoree: Korean American Family Services

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Founded in 1983, the mission of Korean American Family Services (KFAM) is to support and strengthen Korean immigrant families and individuals in the greater Los Angeles area through counseling, education, and support services. Established by Korean immigrant women concerned about lack of services for immigrant women and children, particularly domestic violence victims, KFAM has since grown into the community's family resource center and gateway to family violence, mental health, and social services promoting the safety, recovery and wellness of underserved Korean American families. Today, KFAM serves nearly 7,000 low-income clients each year. Recently, APWC partnered with leading organization KFAM on the Korean Domestic Violence Response Network Project, an initiative that strengthened and streamlined service delivery for many survivors in our community.




2014 Volunteer Honoree: Phil Young

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Phil Young is a Native Californian from the San Francisco Bay Area. Growing up, he volunteered with the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office. He then pursued a career in Entertainment industry, beginning in San Francisco. After a one-year contract at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Phil headed to Los Angeles. Since then, he's been seen on shows such as General Hospital, Southland and Modern Family, to name a few. Phil has volunteered with APWC for over three years and has dedicated countless hours to our families. From tutoring our teens to hiring a professional Santa for client holiday parties, Phil is always there to support.