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16th Annual A Pink Pump Affair Honors Trailblazers in Community Advocacy

Los Angeles, CA – The 16th Annual A Pink Pump Affair, a prestigious charity event celebrating exceptional individuals in advocacy and community service, is set to take place on Sunday, May 19th, 2024, at the esteemed Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Spearheaded by multi-award-winning Civil Rights Attorney and Child Advocate, Areva Martin, in collaboration with the Special Needs Network (SNN), the event aims to recognize and applaud leaders who have significantly impacted their respective fields and communities.

This year’s event will be hosted by renowned national broadcast news anchor Pat Harvey from CBS 2 & KCAL 9 News, promising an inspiring afternoon that will evoke generosity in all attendees. The program will feature a silent auction hosted by the award-winning comedian and actress Kym Whitley, as well as a live fashion show presented by Summer Colony Living. Additionally, celebrity presenters are slated to join the event, adding to the evening’s allure.

Among the distinguished honorees is Tamera Mowry-Housley, a multi-talented Emmy Award-winning host, author, actress, producer, and entrepreneur, who will receive the Trailblazer Award for her outstanding contributions to promoting women’s health and wellness. Tamera’s advocacy for inclusivity and empowerment within her community has left an indelible mark, making her a deserving recipient of this prestigious accolade.

Alva Adams-Mason, Director of Multicultural Business Alliances at Toyota, will be honored with the Game Change Award for her exceptional work in promoting diversity within the automotive industry. Cristy Romero will be presented with the Self-Advocate Award for her courageous leadership in disability rights advocacy, highlighting the importance of self-advocacy in achieving equality and recognition for all.

Entrepreneur and autism self-advocate Michael Jett will be recognized with The Areva Martin Everyday Advocate Award for his pioneering work in retail innovation and commitment to diversity and inclusion initiatives.

Past honorees of A Pink Pump Affair include Vice President Kamala Harris and esteemed actresses such as Niecy Nash, Angela Bassett, Jenifer Lewis, Loretta Devine, and Holly Robinson Peete.

The event is presented by Toyota and sponsored by US Bank, The Lakers Foundation, Walmart, LA County Supervisor Holly Mitchell, and Bella Vida Magazine as the official magazine sponsor. All proceeds from A Pink Pump Affair will support the recently established Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities (C.A.D.D.), located at the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital.

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The 16th Annual A Pink Pump Affair stands as a testament to the power of community advocacy and the celebration of individuals who tirelessly work towards positive change. As we honor trailblazers like Tamera Mowry-Housley, Alva Adams-Mason, Cristy Romero, and Michael Jett, we recognize not only their achievements but also the importance of diversity, inclusion, and empowerment in our society.

Events like A Pink Pump Affair serve as beacons of hope, reminding us of the transformative impact we can make when we come together to support meaningful causes. It’s heartening to see the black community represented and celebrated in such a profound way, and we commend Areva Martin and the Special Needs Network for their dedication to creating a more equitable and inclusive world. Let us continue to uplift and amplify the voices of those who strive for positive change, ensuring that our communities thrive and prosper for generations to come.

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