Erin Brockovich to Be Honored As a Woman Who Has Made a Difference By Academy of Business Leadership

Other Honorees Include Debbie Allen and Leticia Aguilar



Edward J. Olmos Will MC the ABL Fund-Raiser



Apr 03, 2001, 01:00 ET from Academy of Business Leadership

    LOS ANGELES, April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Erin Brockovich, environmental
 researcher and activist, will be honored on May 1 at a fund-raising dinner at
 the Beverly Hilton Hotel as part of the Academy of Business Leadership's First
 Annual Crystal Globe Awards -- "Celebrating Women Who Make a Difference."
 Other honorees are Debbie Allen, choreographer, actress, director, and
 producer; and Leticia Aguilar, L.A. Market President for Bank of America.
     Edward James Olmos, an ABL spokesperson, actor, producer, and community
 activist will serve as Master of Ceremonies.  Presenters include Dennis
 Kneale, Managing Editor, Forbes Magazine, and Norman Nixon, President, Nixon &
 Associates.
     Senator Dianne Feinstein heads up the Honorary Committee, which also
 includes Senator Barbara Boxer, Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamente, Members of Congress
 Juanita Millender-McDonald, Grace Napolitano, Loretta Sanchez, Hilda Solis,
 Henry Waxman, Speaker of the California State Assembly Robert Hertzberg, State
 Senator Betty Karnette, State Senator Kevin Murray, and State Assemblyman
 Gilbert A. Cedillo.  Also on the Honorary Committee are Los Angeles County
 Supervisor Don Knabe, Los Angeles Unified School District Board Member David
 Tokofsky and Los Angeles City Councilman Alex Padilla.
     The Academy of Business Leadership is a non-profit organization that helps
 at-risk students turn their lives around by understanding American business
 and providing educational training and mentoring.  Since its inception in
 1992, more than 1,000 students have graduated from the program and 78 percent
 have enrolled in such institutions of higher learning as Harvard, Yale, UC
 Berkeley, University of San Francisco, UCLA, USC, Whittier College, Loyola
 Marymount, the Art Center School of Design, and the Fashion Institute of
 Design and Merchandising.
     On this night, Ms. Brockovich will meet another woman who has made a
 difference and that is Anna Ouroumian, ABL president and a survivor of the
 Lebanese civil war.  Orphaned at three in war-torn Beirut, she was raised in a
 Catholic orphanage.  She attended the American University in Beirut and at the
 age of 17 came to Los Angeles with $160 in her purse.  Since then, she has
 graduated with honors from UCLA and has a long list of accomplishments.  When
 she talks to inner-city students about her youth and how she survived, they
 realize that they, too, can overcome obstacles in their lives to achieve
 success, according to Ms. Ouroumian.
     "The purpose of this fund-raising event is twofold," says Ms. Ouroumian.
 "We want the money to support our summer BOLT (Building Outstanding Leaders
 Today) program and to proceed with our Youth Multi-Media Center.  Pacific Bell
 was extremely generous in donating a 10,000 square-foot building in Los
 Angeles and we need funds to make it into a state-of-the-art Multi-Media
 Center for learning.  We invite members of the entertainment industry to
 support our efforts by providing counsel and guidance for the Center.  Of
 course, any financial support would be welcome."
 
 

SOURCE Academy of Business Leadership
    LOS ANGELES, April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Erin Brockovich, environmental
 researcher and activist, will be honored on May 1 at a fund-raising dinner at
 the Beverly Hilton Hotel as part of the Academy of Business Leadership's First
 Annual Crystal Globe Awards -- "Celebrating Women Who Make a Difference."
 Other honorees are Debbie Allen, choreographer, actress, director, and
 producer; and Leticia Aguilar, L.A. Market President for Bank of America.
     Edward James Olmos, an ABL spokesperson, actor, producer, and community
 activist will serve as Master of Ceremonies.  Presenters include Dennis
 Kneale, Managing Editor, Forbes Magazine, and Norman Nixon, President, Nixon &
 Associates.
     Senator Dianne Feinstein heads up the Honorary Committee, which also
 includes Senator Barbara Boxer, Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamente, Members of Congress
 Juanita Millender-McDonald, Grace Napolitano, Loretta Sanchez, Hilda Solis,
 Henry Waxman, Speaker of the California State Assembly Robert Hertzberg, State
 Senator Betty Karnette, State Senator Kevin Murray, and State Assemblyman
 Gilbert A. Cedillo.  Also on the Honorary Committee are Los Angeles County
 Supervisor Don Knabe, Los Angeles Unified School District Board Member David
 Tokofsky and Los Angeles City Councilman Alex Padilla.
     The Academy of Business Leadership is a non-profit organization that helps
 at-risk students turn their lives around by understanding American business
 and providing educational training and mentoring.  Since its inception in
 1992, more than 1,000 students have graduated from the program and 78 percent
 have enrolled in such institutions of higher learning as Harvard, Yale, UC
 Berkeley, University of San Francisco, UCLA, USC, Whittier College, Loyola
 Marymount, the Art Center School of Design, and the Fashion Institute of
 Design and Merchandising.
     On this night, Ms. Brockovich will meet another woman who has made a
 difference and that is Anna Ouroumian, ABL president and a survivor of the
 Lebanese civil war.  Orphaned at three in war-torn Beirut, she was raised in a
 Catholic orphanage.  She attended the American University in Beirut and at the
 age of 17 came to Los Angeles with $160 in her purse.  Since then, she has
 graduated with honors from UCLA and has a long list of accomplishments.  When
 she talks to inner-city students about her youth and how she survived, they
 realize that they, too, can overcome obstacles in their lives to achieve
 success, according to Ms. Ouroumian.
     "The purpose of this fund-raising event is twofold," says Ms. Ouroumian.
 "We want the money to support our summer BOLT (Building Outstanding Leaders
 Today) program and to proceed with our Youth Multi-Media Center.  Pacific Bell
 was extremely generous in donating a 10,000 square-foot building in Los
 Angeles and we need funds to make it into a state-of-the-art Multi-Media
 Center for learning.  We invite members of the entertainment industry to
 support our efforts by providing counsel and guidance for the Center.  Of
 course, any financial support would be welcome."
 
 SOURCE  Academy of Business Leadership