Here’s How You Can Help Empower Victims of Domestic Violence

If you are in the Los Angeles area, here is your chance to make a difference in the lives of those who have suffered domestic violence.

On Sunday, November 3, 2019, Safe Passage will hold its 17th Annual Fundraiser “Time to Heal” at the Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village.
Safe Passage, a nonprofit organization serving southern California and dedicated to breaking the cycle of domestic abuse with programs that help heal and empower women and their children, will honor philanthropists, elected officials, volunteers and businesses who have extended a healing hand to our community. Honorees will include Mayor Rob McCoy, philanthropist Rebecca Grossman, Luisa Diaz Brown founder and CEO of Mi Amor Gala, and other champions of healing and community service.

For nearly 20 years, Safe Passage has empowered women to break the cycle of domestic abuse by enabling them to live new, safe and productive lives. It’s a holistic approach to healing bodies, souls and minds have transformed the lives of over 1800 women and children with a 95% success rate.

This year has seen the expansion of Safe Passage’s services with the launch of the Time2Heal initiative and a new location in Thousand Oaks. “Emotional pain and violence are serious public health problems that affect people of all ages and stages of life – regardless of race or color, from infant to elderly and all genders,” says Trish Steele, founder, and CEO of the organization. “We are introducing Time2Heal to address those needs for our whole community – teens, children, women, and men.”

“Stepping Stones to a New Life” Program Highlights
Counseling/Group Therapy – Health Assessment and Nutrition Classes – Empowerment/Self-Esteem Workshops
 Observe National Domestic Violence Awareness Month by Attending Safe Passage’s 17th Annual Fundraiser 

This year’s annual fundraiser event will include a delicious brunch, live entertainment, and a Designer Fall Fashion show presented by Macy’s Topanga.  Sponsored by CBSN Los Angeles, KCAL 9, O’Gara Coach Westlake, this annual event will be hosted by Mistress of Ceremony Sandra Mitchell, KCAL 9 Emmy Award Winning News Anchor and will be held at the Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village on November 3, 2019 from 12:00pm – 4:00pm.

Entertainment, Silent & Live Auction

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Attendees will enjoy a delicious brunch menu, great live entertainment and both a silent and live auction. The event will include musical performances by acclaimed vocal artist Alfie Silas who is recognized as one of the best session singers in the world and who has recorded with musical greats such as Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Barbra Streisand, Christina Aguilera and many more. Singer and songwriter Izzy Escobar will perform her debut song “Broken Wings” which stems from her experience of abuse from a stepparent which she turned into inspiration for her music. Acclaimed choreographer Melissa Hurley Cassidy and the Pacific Festival Ballet will present a special dance performance along with a musical performance by Los Angeles-based recording artist Sheri Pedigo whose musical style is a breathtaking mix of Karen Carpenter and Tina Turner.

Live Auction Items will include Unique Experiences in Travel such as a spa package for two, trip to Greece and African Safari all with full concierge services provided to auction winners. In addition, VIP guests will receive a special ride in a beautiful Bentley, Rolls-Royce, or Maserati luxury vehicle courtesy of O’Gara Westlake Village.

The Honorees
Rebecca Grossman will be recognized as “Most Outstanding Influential Woman” in her community. She and her husband founded the Grossman Burn Foundation in 2006 whose mission is to promote effective, sustainable partnership solutions for the comprehensive treatment, care, and support of burn survivors and their families in the United States and around the world. Signature projects include publishing a Humanitarian Assistance Manual for worldwide distribution and developing a training program for physicians in developing countries. Additionally, their Stop Violence Against Women Globally campaign has become a worldwide program to help raise awareness and stop violence against women.

Mayor Rob McCoy will receive the “Good Samaritan Award” for outstanding compassion and service to his community. The Honorable Mr. McCoy currently serves as Mayor of the City of Thousand Oaks and has served on the City Council since 2015. He is a Senior Pastor at Godspeak Calvery Chapel and is involved with multiple community organizations such as Conejo Pregnancy Center and United in Purpose. He is happily married to his wife Michelle and is the proud father of five children Molly, Kelly, Natasha, Daniel, and Michael.

Luis Diaz Brown will be recognized as a “Woman Crowned in Glory” for her outstanding volunteerism raising funds for Safe Passage and domestic violence. Luisa Diaz Brown is the founder and CEO of Mi Amor Gala, an author, and an actress featured in the Oscar-winning movies “The Fighter” and “Silver Linings Playbook”. She was inspired to create awareness for domestic violence in honor of her beloved grandmother, who was mentally and physically abused. Luisa has been working with Safe Passage for over five years and has also created a foundation to help unprivileged children called “Luisa Su Voz Latina Foundation.”

To purchase a ticket visit or to purchase by phone call 818-232-7476 Mon – Fri 10 am – 4 pm or email at [email protected]

Join the cycle of ending abuse:

Become a part of the Safe Passage family and shine a light on our community’s secret pain by attending our annual fundraiser, by making a donation at or by telling your family and friends about Safe Passage. For more information on how you can support Safe Passage and the Time2Heal initiative CALL Trish Steele Founder & CEO at 818-232-7476. To purchase a ticket visit or to purchase by phone call 818-232-7476 Mon – Fri 10am – 4pm or email at [email protected]


Article by melissa

Melissa Myers is a trained journalist working in London and New York. She worked for national newspapers in the U.K. as a celebrity journalist and was the News Director of In Touch magazine in the U.S. In 2017, she focused on making a difference in the world and launched her website Melissa also builds websites for various clientele and runs social media campaigns for non-profits.