Dinner With a Cause

Every woman housed.

Dinner with a Cause Postcard FINAL

October 18, 2018

6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Vibiana - 214 S. Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

For questions, please email Events@DowntownWomensCenter.org or call (213) 213-2834.

2018 Dinner With a Cause Sponsors











Marylouise Oates and Robert Shrum

Rachel Capoccia and Les Hairrell

Terri Murray



Green Hasson Janks/Donella Wilson and Peter Barnett

Lynn Hall Russell and L. Michael Russell


2018 Dinner With a Cause Honorees


Sondra Salas is the Senior Event Operations Manager with Universal Studios Hollywood. She is a Universal Studios Hollywood Club 52 member (Universal Volunteers who volunteer a minimum of 52 hours per calendar year) and was selected as the 2010 Universal Studios Hollywood Volunteer of the Year for her commitment to Universal’s community events and Downtown Women’s Center (DWC).

Sondra began her relationship with DWC in 2009 by volunteering for cooking clubs; by 2010 she was volunteering with the DWC Birthday Guild. In 2011, she was asked by DWC to run her own monthly program, Whole Woman Saturdays. Whole Woman Saturdays is a monthly workshop connecting volunteers and DWC residents and participants. Workshops have included topics such as The Power of a Letter: Forgiving and Letting Go, Dress for Success and Career Builder Workshop, Meditation and Stretching, Gratitude is an Attitude, Pay Yourself First! Talking Finances with Robert Hsu, and Kick the Grrr Out of Anger: Lessons in Healthy Communication and Conflict Resolution.

Once Whole Woman Saturdays was operational, Sondra enlisted her company’s efforts. Universal Studios Hollywood Discover a Star Grants and employee volunteers support the workshops. By the end of 2018, Sondra will have hosted 100+ Whole Woman Saturdays workshops and field trips. Sondra volunteers at DWC because she believes that we are all connected. She wants to empower diverse and underserved women with education and resources to help end the cycle of homelessness.




Through charitable grant making, the Anthem Blue Cross Foundation LLC (an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Association) promotes Anthem Blue Cross’s inherent commitment to enhance the health and well-being of individuals and families in communities that the company serves.

The Foundation focuses its funding on strategic initiatives that address and provide innovative solutions to health care challenges, as well as promoting the Healthy Generations Program, a multi-generational initiative that targets specific disease states and medical conditions. These include: prenatal care in the first trimester, low birth weight babies, cardiac morbidity rates, long term activities that decrease obesity and increase physical activity, diabetes prevalence in adult populations, adult pneumococcal and influenza vaccinations and smoking cessation.

The Foundation also coordinates the company’s year-round Associate Giving program and its parent foundation provides a 50 percent match of associates’ pledges. Anthem has provided programmatic support to DWC for the past decade. Alma Graham, Senior Associate General Counsel at Anthem, currently sits on DWC’s Board of Directors.