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Dish It Up 2014 Was a Smashing Success!

Featuring amazing delicacies from ten incredible female restaurateurs and three of the best pastry chefs in the city, Dish It Up 2014 brought together advocates, supporters, survivors and friends to celebrate the powerful work of Women Against Abuse.

The event, which took place at WHYY Studios on March 27th, presented the inaugural Woman of the Year Award to Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran for their extraordinary work in supporting Women Against Abuse's mission.

This annual award spotlights the vital leadership of community members in speaking out against domestic violence and raising awareness for the cause.

This year's Dish It Up also crowned new champions for the Purple Hall of Fame:

After guests and judges had sampled delicious culinary concoctions from the ten competitors, Host Melissa Magee from 6abc Action News unveiled Aimee Olexy from Talula's Garden as the winner of the Purple Dish Award!

And returning pastry chef Pam Kingsland of Pamcakes Cupcakery was voted by guests as winner of the Purple Cupcake Award!

Women Against Abuse debuted its newest short film, a moving testament that captures the reasons why Philadelphians from across the city pledge to stand up to domestic violence.

Emmy winning media personality Maria Papadakis greeted guests and provided live coverage of the purple carpet. She selected Roberta Pipito as winner of this year's Purple Style Award! Check out photos from the Purple Carpet! 

Thank you to everyone who came and to all the restaurants, judges, hosts and volutneers who made this event possible!

We look forward to seeing you at the next Dish It Up:

March 26, 2015 at WHYY Studios!

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Sara’s Story

Sara’s Story

Sara* was a victim of domestic violence who transformed into a strong and capable mother with support from Women Against Abuse.

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William’s Story

William’s Story

William Spratley flicks through the text messages on his phone until he finds the one he’s been looking for. It’s from his 27-year old daughter, Ameya, and it’s the last words he will ever exchange with her.

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Dick MacKay’s Story

Dick MacKay’s Story

Dick MacKay knows the real reason for the holiday season—to bring hope to families in need.

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Lucia’s Story

Lucia’s Story

Lucia* came to the WAA emergency shelter pregnant and with five children.

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Overbrook Presbyterian’s Story

Overbrook Presbyterian’s Story

The Women’s Dining Circle of Overbrook Presbyterian Church knows how to make fundraising down right fun. In January, the Dining Circle hosted a dinner that raised over $1,200 for Women Against Abuse.

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Doreen Davis’ Story

Doreen Davis’ Story

Doreen Davis is a longtime supporter of Women Against Abuse who has used her expertise in traditional labor law to assist WAA for over two decades.

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Allison’s Story

Allison’s Story

Allison* cringed at her reflection in the mirror as she gently dabbed concealer over the bruises circling her eye.

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Dana’s Story

Dana’s Story

Former emergency shelter resident Dana*, intelligent and bright-spirited, worked hard for her credentials.

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Amy’s Story

Amy’s Story

“This is not OK; this is not who I will be; I will love my children; violence will not be allowed in my home.”

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Alyssa’s Story

Alyssa’s Story

Alyssa* had been living with her parents and was restricted to a wheelchair due to under-developed limbs.

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