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Dish It Up

Philadelphia’s premier female chef competition is back and you won’t want to miss it! Mark your calendars for Wednesday, March 29, 2017 for an amazing time. Network with advocates, enjoy tasty cuisine, celebrate the tremendous progress we have made, snap a photo with friends, and give in support of our life-saving mission to end domestic violence!

Dish It Up is the only fundraising event and food tasting competition in Philadelphia featuring all female chefs. The funds raised from the event support Women Against Abuse, the city's leading domestic violence advocate and service provider.

Add Dish It Up 2017 to your calendar now!

  • When: Wednesday, March 29, 2017
  • Time: 6:00pm
  • Where: Cescaphe Event Group's Vie, 600 North Broad Street in Philadelphia

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2017 Woman of the Year Honoree: Dr. Julie Mostov

Dr. Julie Mostov is the Senior Vice Provost for Global Initiatives and a Professor of Politics at Drexel University. As Senior Vice Provost, she is responsible for leading Drexel’s efforts to enhance its global impact and international engagement on and off campus, while her research focuses on issues of sovereignty, citizenship, soft borders, and gender and sexuality in the politics of national identity. Julie has worked for many years as an international advocate of women’s rights and leadership in southeastern Europe and the United States.

Julie has served as a Board Member with Women Against Abuse for thirty years, including the Strategic Planning, Program, Finance, and Nominations & Recruitment Committees, and nearly four terms as Board Chair. Her fearless leadership has resulted in exponential growth in services - including increased transitional housing, emergency safe haven, and legal - amidst a challenging economic climate; the diversification of the Board of Directors, combining fresh perspectives and skillsets with the historic insight and experience of founding members; identification of a strong Executive Director & President with a vision for citywide collaboration to end domestic violence; and the creation of an Honorary Council to enhance the organization’s sustainability. 

2017 Honorary Chair: Estelle Richman

Estelle Richman retired in 2013. Since that time she has joined several national and local non-profit Boards. She also worked with the Governor Wolf and Mayor Kenny transition teams. She travels on a regular basis and spends time with her four grandchildren. At the time of her retirement, she was the Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development for health and human services issues. While at HUD she held the positions of Chief Operating Officer and Acting Deputy Secretary. Ms. Richman was appointed Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare by Governor Ed Rendell in 2003 and held that position for seven (7) years. The Department of Public Welfare (now the Department of Human Services) is an umbrella agency that includes Medicaid; Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services; Child Welfare; Long Term Living; Developmental Programs; Early Childhood Services; and Income Maintenance.

In Philadelphia, Ms. Richman held the following positions in the City of Philadelphia - Managing Director; Deputy Managing Director for Social Services; Commissioner of Public Health; and Deputy Commission of Mental Health, Mental Retardation, and Substance Abuse Services. In Cleveland, she held positions as Executive Director of the Murtis Taylor Multi-Services Center and Assistant Director of the Positive Education Program. Ms. Richman has been recognized nationally by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Medical Association, and the Ford Foundation/Good Housekeeping Award for Women in Government. Locally, Ms. Richman has been honored by Women’s Way with the Lucretia Mott Award and the Woman One Award by Drexel University College of Medicine. Ms. Richman received her master's degree from Cleveland State University. Following her Master’s Degree, she obtained certification as a School Psychologist and was licensed in Ohio as a School Psychologist. She has Honorary Doctorate degrees from Alvernia University and Drexel University.

Mistress of Ceremonies: Melissa Magee 

Melissa Magee joined the Action News team in 2009, and is currently the weekend meteorologist for Action News at 6pm, 11pm, as well as Action News at 10pm on PHL-17. She came to 6abc from WNYW in New York, where she presented the weather for the station’s midday newscast. Melissa also anchored the weather for the Good Day New York morning show, as well as the evening newscasts. Melissa is committed to making a distinctive and lasting connection with the viewers. She enjoys hosting a variety of annual 6abc specials, including the Philadelphia Auto Show and the Philadelphia Flower Show. Melissa is also a co-host of FYI Philly, 6abc's weekly entertainment and lifestyle program. Whether she’s out in the field or in-studio, Melissa enjoys gathering facts, and in turn, communicating that valuable information to those who need it the most. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, working out, dancing and spending time with family and friends.

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