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Mike Chearney , Dr. Susan Lee, and Dr. Lin Morel honored at A Window Between Worlds’ heART Awards

October 1st, 2017 -



A Window Between Worlds. AWBW.org. Photo by VenicePaparazzi.com.

Venice Paparazzi was honored to host the step and repeat photography for A Window Between Worlds (AWBW)’s signature heART Awards.   View pics below.

Here is a  message from A Window Between Worlds.    On Sunday, October 1, 2017, A Window Between Worlds brought more than 200 friends together at Hotel Casa Del Mar in Santa Monica for the first annual heART Awards and fundraising brunch. Thanks to everyone’s support, the organization raised nearly $95,000 to support AWBW’s transformative arts programming, bringing AWBW’s  curriculum to even more survivors of trauma in Los Angeles and across the country.

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A Window Between Worlds. AWBW.org. Photo by VenicePaparazzi.com.

The 2017 heART Awards set out to honor three community members who represent the core values of AWBW’s mission through Creative Vision, Community Impact, and as a Compassionate Witness. Astrologer and author Dr. Stephanie Jourdan presented Mike Chearney with the Creative Vision award for his artistic collaboration with AWBW Founder Cathy Salser.  Dr. Susan Lee was honored with the Compassionate Witness award by AWBW Lead Collaborating Artist Fabian Debora for her tremendous work as a trained Windows Facilitator at United American Indian Involvement. And the entire ballroom shared a moment of reflection with Dr. Lin Morel as Cathy Salser presented her with the Community Impact award for her leadership as an AWBW Board Member and Advocate for nearly two decades. When Lin first became Board Chair in 1999, the Windows Program was reaching 7,600 participants each year; she helped the organization grow to now serve over 34,000 survivors annually.

A Window Between Worlds. AWBW.org. Photo by VenicePaparazzi.com.

The beautiful beachside ballroom provided for an ideal location to enjoy brunch on the terrace while sipping on mimosas, wine, and vodka cocktails provided by Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Foley Family Wines. Guests also shopped a luxury silent auction featuring hotel getaways, restaurants, art experiences, sports tickets, and beautiful fashion – all through their mobile phones!

A highlight of the silent auction was watching the stunning 36 canvases painted as one by artist and honoree Mike Chearney each find a new home, while remaining connected to one another. He created this energy transmitter, titled A Window Between Worlds, with each canvas named by AWBW Founder Cathy Salser with words from the voices of AWBW program participants.
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A Window Between Worlds. AWBW.org. Photo by VenicePaparazzi.com.

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Master of Ceremonies Dennis Rizza excited the whole crowd as he live auctioned a pair of tickets to the not-to-be-missed Hamilton musical at the Hollywood Pantages!  He and Audrey Salzburg, AWBW’s Chief Executive Officer, called upon each guest to recognize the important role they play in our community by giving any amount they could to strengthen and sustain AWBW’s reach – together the room raised over $20,000 right on the spot!
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A Window Between Worlds. AWBW.org. Photo by VenicePaparazzi.com.

A Window Between Worlds. AWBW.org. Photo by VenicePaparazzi.com.

A Window Between Worlds. AWBW.org. Photo by VenicePaparazzi.com.

A Window Between Worlds. AWBW.org. Photo by VenicePaparazzi.com.

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Those who could not attend can still make a gift at awbw.org/heartawards to help AWBW reach its $100,000 goal in honor of this year’s heART Awards – any amount makes a huge difference.

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View special videos of the 2017 heART honorees: 

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View AWBW’s Step and Repeat.  

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A Window Between Worlds. AWBW.org. Photo by VenicePaparazzi.com.

AWBW Founder Cathy Salser.

A Window Between Worlds. AWBW.org. Photo by VenicePaparazzi.com.

Mike Chearney  and Audrey Salzburg, AWBW’s Chief Executive Officer

A Window Between Worlds. AWBW.org. Photo by VenicePaparazzi.com.

Dr. Lin Morel

A Window Between Worlds. AWBW.org. Photo by VenicePaparazzi.com.

Dr. Susan Lee

A Window Between Worlds. AWBW.org. Photo by VenicePaparazzi.com.

Event Chair Kristina Mitchell and her beautiful mom

A Window Between Worlds. AWBW.org. Photo by VenicePaparazzi.com.

A Window Between Worlds. AWBW.org. Photo by VenicePaparazzi.com.

A Window Between Worlds. AWBW.org. Photo by VenicePaparazzi.com.

A Window Between Worlds. AWBW.org. Photo by VenicePaparazzi.com.

A Window Between Worlds. AWBW.org. Photo by VenicePaparazzi.com.

A Window Between Worlds. AWBW.org. Photo by VenicePaparazzi.com.

A Window Between Worlds. AWBW.org. Photo by VenicePaparazzi.com.

Gina Rubinstein and Sunny Bak

A Window Between Worlds. AWBW.org. Photo by VenicePaparazzi.com.

Center:  Winner of the Hamilton musical at the Hollywood Pantages

A Window Between Worlds. AWBW.org. Photo by VenicePaparazzi.com.

A Window Between Worlds. AWBW.org. Photo by VenicePaparazzi.com.

A Window Between Worlds. AWBW.org. Photo by VenicePaparazzi.com.

A Window Between Worlds. AWBW.org. Photo by VenicePaparazzi.com.

Center:  Ava

A Window Between Worlds. AWBW.org. Photo by VenicePaparazzi.com.

A Window Between Worlds. AWBW.org. Photo by VenicePaparazzi.com.

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A Window Between Worlds. AWBW.org. Photo by VenicePaparazzi.com.

A Window Between Worlds. AWBW.org. Photo by VenicePaparazzi.com.

A Window Between Worlds. AWBW.org. Photo by VenicePaparazzi.com.

A Window Between Worlds. AWBW.org. Photo by VenicePaparazzi.com.

AWBW’s amazing program staff.   Join the team at AWBW.org.

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Support AWBW and make a gift at awbw.org/heartawards  – any amount makes a huge difference.  For more AWBW info, visit www.AWBW.org

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