LOS ANGELES – Hundreds of community leaders and celebrities joined Peace Over Violence (POV) on Friday, Oct. 29 to recognize Cheryl Burke of “Dancing with the Stars” at POV’s 39th Annual Humanitarian Awards Dinner, the non-profit organization’s premiere annual gala that honors leaders in the struggle against sexual and domestic violence.
Peace Over Violence also honored Southern California Gas Company with the Verizon Wireless Hopeline Corporate award; Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel with the Public Service award; Father Greg Boyle, S.J., executive director of Homeboy Industries, with the Compassion award; and TV show “All My Children” with the Media award.
Rick Fox, Burkeâ€™s partner on “Dancing with the Stars,” presented the Voice Over Violence award to the dancing sensation, who will be releasing her book, “Dancing Lessons: How I Found Passion and Potential on the Dance Floor and in Life.” The book addresses her personal experience with relationship abuse.
“I am honored to receive the Voice Over Violence Award,” Burke said. “Peace Over Violence is a leader in addressing abuse issues that affect all of our communities, and I am proud to be a part of this special occasion to help raise awareness and end the violence.”
Patti Giggans, executive director of Peace Over Violence, said, “Cheryl Burke is a shining example of how a survivor can turn her life around and inspire others to empower themselves. POV is thrilled to honor Cherylâ€™s strength and courage in sharing her story and speaking out against relationship violence.”
The star-studded event included special guests Calista Flockhart, who is POVâ€™s national spokesperson, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Kristi Yamaguchi, Agnes Nixon, the creator of “All My Children,” and the show’s cast. Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard and former state legislator Sheila J. Kuehl also attended. Held at The Beverly Hills Hotel, the annual event brings together a diverse group of leaders from the public sector, community organizations, private corporations, and the entertainment industry to raise awareness on youth and adult sexual and domestic violence.
Formerly known as the Los Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women, Peace Over Violence is a social service agency dedicated to building healthy relationships, families, and communities free from sexual, domestic, and interpersonal violence.
For more information visit www.peaceoverviolence.org.