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Women Against Abuse Hosts 40th Anniversary Edition of Dish It Up

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Katie Young Wildes, Women Against Abuse: kywildes@womenagainstabuse.org | 267-295-5900

Kathryn Epps Roberson, AEC Partners: Kathryn@aecparnets.net215-­315-4399 x701

PHILADELPHIA (February 11, 2016) – Women Against Abuse, Inc., Philadelphia’s leading domestic violence agency, will host its 40th Anniversary Edition of Dish It Up on Thursday, April 7, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. -­‐ 9:00 p.m. at World Café Live (3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA). This event is Philadelphia’s ONLY female chef competition and attracts over 500 business leaders, tastemakers and foodies alike.

The 8th Annual Dish It Up will feature delectable bites from female chefs representing over some of Philadelphia’s most well-known restaurants including: Alla Spina (Chef Julie Kline), Aneu Catering/Meredith’s Restaurant (Chef Meredith McLoughlin), Bredenbeck’s Bakery (Chef Diana Anello), Bridget Foy’s (Chef Bridget Foy), Jamonera (Chef Lindsay McClain), Lacroix (Chef Kate Oliver), Lil Miss Cupcakes (Chef Cindy Blake), Ms. Rachel’s Pantry,  (Rachel Klein), Pickled Heron (Chef Daniela D’Ambrosio), Poi Dog (Chef Kiki Aranita), The Rittenhouse (Chef Mary Lockary), Square 1682 (Chef Caitlin Mateo), Suppa (Chef Georgeann Leaming), Victoria’s Kitchen (Chef Victoria Tyson) and Whole Foods Market (Chef Erin Shaffer). Chefs preparing savory dishes will be competing for the coveted Purple Dish Award, while participating pastry chefs will be competing for the Purple Cupcake Award – chosen by guests.

A panel of celebrities and food writers/bloggers including Chef Brian Duffy of Bar Rescue and Roberta Pipito of Homemade Delish will judge the Purple Dish Award competition to see whose savory dishes will reign supreme. Previous Purple Dish Award winners include Marcie Turney of Barbuzzo, Lolita, Jamonera, Little Nonna’s, and Bud & Marilyn’s as well as Aimee Olexy of Talula's Garden.

The 2016 Woman of the Year award will be presented to Maria Pajil Battle, formerly of Amerihealth Caritas Partnership. Ms. Battle has been a powerful voice for the health and well being of Philadelphians, and a champion of initiatives that address violence against women. Through her leadership, child survivors in Women Against Abuse’s transitional housing program now have a safe playground in which to heal.

This year, guests can show their support by participating in the onsite “Text to Pledge” portion of the event. At that time, attendees will have the opportunity to donate to Women Against Abuse’s programs and initiatives utilizing a text-to-donate app in order to help sustain the organization’s life-saving programs .

sponsorship and tickets available

To learn more about sponsorships or to purchase tickets, please visit www.womenagainstabuse.org/events/dish-it-up. Dish It Up has sold out for the past two years, so the public is encouraged to purchase tickets early.

Donations can also be made on the Women Against Abuse website at www.womenagainstabuse.org/donate.

Throughout its 40 year history, Women Against Abuse has been a pioneering voice for change: opening Philadelphia’s only emergency safe haven for domestic violence in 1977; launching one of the first legal centers in the nation dedicated to the needs of survivors of domestic violence; establishing the region’s first transitional housing program for survivors in 1987; and forging an unprecedented plan for a coordinated community response to domestic violence with Philadelphia health and human services partners in 2015. Women Against Abuse touches the lives of more than 15,000 individuals each year.

“Over the past 40 years, Women Against Abuse has made tremendous progress on behalf of survivors of domestic violence and their children. We’ve grown from a part-time hotline operating from the basement of a women’s center to Philadelphia’s leading comprehensive domestic violence service provider,” said Jeannine L. Lisitski, Executive Director & President. “In that time, we have created safety for tens of thousands of people. However, there is still much work to be done until families across our City can live in peaceful homes. We hope the community will support our life-saving work by attending Dish It Up!”

To schedule interviews with Jeannine L. Lisitski, Maria Battle and/or representatives from Women Against Abuse, please contact Kathryn Roberson at 215.315.4399 or via email at Kathryn@aecpartners.net.

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About Women Against Abuse: Women Against Abuse, Inc., one of the largest domestic violence programs in the country, serves more than 15,000 individuals in Philadelphia each year through emergency safe haven, transitional housing, legal services, hotline counseling, community education and advocacy. For more information, visit womenagainstabuse.org.

The 40th Anniversary Edition of Dish It Up is proudly sponsored by:

  • Presenting Sponsors: 6ABC, AEC Partners, World Café Live and PWP Video
  • Gold Whisk Sponsors: Independence Foundation, Sheller Family Foundation and Stradley Ronon
  • Silver Platter Sponsors: Haverford Trust, JFS Wealth Advisors, Julie Mostov, McLaughlin & Lauricella, P.C., Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, Myra & Allen Woll, Sally & Edwin Rosenthol, Tucker Law Group and Untuck

Event Chair: Rev. Dr. Lorina Marshall Blake, President, Independence Blue Cross Foundation, and Vice President, Community Affairs, Independence Blue Cross.

Event Committee Leadership: Leslie Miller Greenspan, Esq., Co-Chair and Erin McKenna, Co-Chair

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