The East Los Angeles Women's Center (ELAWC) has announced that actress Constance Marie will serve as the center’s spokesperson.

In this role, Ms. Marie – a native of East Los Angeles – will bring greater awareness to the vital importance of the Center’s work, helping support and empower Latinas and their families establish healthy and safe lives.

“All women and children deserve a safe place to live, learn and love. Through my work, my life experience, and as a new mother, I have a deep compassion and understanding for the challenges facing many Latinas today. This is a wonderful opportunity to raise awareness on issues of violence and HIV that impact women and their children” says Ms. Marie.

Constance Marie is best known for her award-winning role as Angie Lopez, resilient wife, mother, and savvy businesswoman, in the sitcom George Lopez, and as the tough defense lawyer, Nina, in the groundbreaking PBS series, American Family. Ms. Marie is working as an advocate to improve the quality of life for children with cancer and their families, to assist Chilean earthquake victims and to promote strategies for being an environmentally aware “green mom.”

Ms. Marie’s first appearance as spokesperson will be on March 19 at ELAWC’s upcoming Mujeres de Paz Annual Awards Dinner, which celebrates and honors five notable individuals for their distinguished service improving the lives of women and families in crisis.

The stellar lineup includes Master of Ceremonies Lynette Romero, Emmy-award winning reporter and anchor at KTLA News. Ms. Romero will introduce the 2010 honorees, including Hilda L. Solis, U.S. Secretary of Labor; Charles L. Beck, Los Angeles Chief of Police; Stephen D. Simon, Los Angeles AIDs Coordinator; Yolanda Gonzalez, artist and community supporter; and volunteer Marti O’Callaghan.

The Mujeres de Paz Annual Awards Dinner will be held March 19, 2010, 6:00 p.m. to 12:00 midnight, at Luminarias Restaurant, 3500 Ramona Blvd., Monterey Park, California. For more information, please call Diane Alarcon at (323) 526-5819 or visit www.elawc.org.

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