A Window Between Worlds honors Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa with the organization’s first ever heART Award

In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was honored by A Window Between Worlds (AWBW) with the organization’s first ever heART Award for coming forward as a childhood domestic violence survivor and for his unwavering commitment to ending this silent epidemic in our community. The award was accepted on the Mayor’s behalf by Los Angeles Deputy Mayors Aileen Adams and Torie Osborn at AWBW’s first annual heART gala food and wine tasting event hosted by Lexus Santa Monica. Adams shared, “…the Mayor’s story and the story of his mother, and the transformation, the power of that transformation that took place in his life, is the story of A Window Between Worlds, and the power that, every day, they impart to so many participants in our city and around the country, to turn their lives around and to become stronger, and to become real advocates for a cause.”

AWBW Founder and Executive Director Cathy Salser presents Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa with the organization’s first ever heART Award


AWBW is a Los Angelesbased national nonprofit using art to help end domestic violence for 90,000 battered women and their children in crisis shelters, transitional homes and outreach centers across LA and the US. Vice President Joe Biden recognized AWBW for their work empowering women and children survivors of abuse.

To meet the growing community need, the organization must raise funds to support the increase in demand for its programs. In celebration of its third decade providing healing and to meet its fundraising goal, AWBW held its first annual heART gala Food and Wine Tasting at the elegant Lexus of Santa Monica showroom with the support of food and wine sponsors including Chef Collin Crannell of The Lobster, Chef Jeffrey Nimer of Haute Chefs LA, Whole Foods, Chef Mako Tanaka Executive Chef of Robata-Ya, Buddha’s Belly, Upper West, La Sandia, JUSTIN Vineyards/Winery and Landmark Vineyards.

Jack Quinn, AWBW Founder and Executive Director Cathy Salser, Joan Quinn and Hiromi Katayama

A Window Between Worlds (AWBW), the only national nonprofit using art to help end domestic violence, is celebrating its 21st year of service to communities inLos Angeles and across the country. AWBW has experienced tremendous growth and is celebrating stepping into the next decade with new events and opportunities to get involved!

By providing an environment that promotes healing, AWBW’s art workshops help women and children to develop a renewed sense of hope and possibility that profoundly impacts future decisions regarding the direction of their lives, their relationships, and how to stay safe.

AWBW Managing Director Audrey Salzburg, Deputy Mayor Torie Osborn, AWBW Founder Cathy Salser and Los Angeles Deputy Mayor Aileen Adams

The AWBW Windows Program is available to any agency or organization seeking to implement art as a healing tool for survivors of domestic violence. For information and to make a donation please visit www.awbw.org, call (310) 396-0317 or email [email protected].

As a television personality, guest speaker, newspaper reporter and columnist and one of the social arbiters of Los Angeles, Marci Weiner has touched every aspect of entertainment journalism. She has appeared as guest reporter on TV shows including Joan Rivers shows, Eye on LA, and the USA Network. In addition, she has hosted her own segments on Soap Talk, Hollywood Style and Hotline after Dark. You may contact Marci for info and invitations at [email protected]