WSLB Gala 2018




Tom Angell

Patricia & Scott Apel

Stephanie Dowds

Kristi Fischer & Joe Vanderhorst

Carol J. Grabowski

Freda Hinsche Otto & Doug Otto

Inco Commercial

Mary Ellen Mitchell & Javier Gonzalez

Jane Nadeau

Sharon Panian & Hans Kohnlein

Port of Long Beach

Teak Catering

Mike "Felipe" Vela

John Thomas & Chris Launi

Freeman H. Welch


For over forty years, WomenShelter has provided aid to abused women, men, and children by offering protection, support, and victim advocacy. We are extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to celebrate the opening of our new emergency shelter, Cherese’s Safe Home, and honor our very special friends with over 300 attendees at our 2018 Gala Celebration: It’s a New Day… It’s a Fresh Start… It’s a Safe Home! This new shelter, located in the city of Long Beach, is a pillar of hope for this community offering those escaping abuse with a chance to begin again and live a life without fear or hurt. It is with the support of our community and special friends like Supervisor Janice Hahn, Cherese Mari Laulhere in memoriam, and Wendi McLendon-Covey and Greg Covey that WomenShelter is able to provide free, inclusive life-saving services to every victim and survivor of domestic violence. Many thanks to all of the attendees, sponsors, and donors for their support!

Lazaro & Robin Alvarez

Kaye Briegel

Tim Bryant of Bryant Investments

Mike and Andrea Burros of
Summit Consultants, Inc.

Lisa Chapman

Patrick and Trudi Curran

Patricia Ellington

Lucy Hernandez

Freda Hinsche Otto

Frances R. James

Janet Leonards

Long Beach Police Officers Association

Florence C. Magree

Vivian Miller

Michael and Ann Mulvihill

Nicki Lynn Nielsen

Margie Newell

Honorable Beverly O'Neill

Kathy Parsons

Roxanne Patmor

David Shukla

Renee Simon

Frank and Donna Skinner

Linda Tatum

Joan Van Hooten

Melanie Werts

A Very Special Thank You

Castle Resorts

Michael Wells of Michael Wells Photography

Kelly Sutherlin McLeod Architecture, Inc.

Honorary Co-Chairs

Steve Goodling
President & CEO, Long Beach
Convention and Visitors Bureau

Chief Robert Luna
Chief of Police, City of Long Beach

Working Co-Chairs

Freda Hinsche Otto
Hinsche Otto Consulting

Gail Wasil
Assistant Director of Real Estate
Port of Long Beach (Ret.)

Working Committee

Claudette Baldemor
Membership Director, Long Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau

Kristi Fischer
WSLB Board Member

M. Lissette Flores
PR Consultant, Estrella PR & Marketing

Randy Gordon
President, Long Beach Chamber of Commerce

Jerry Miller
Managing Partner, IMC Municipal Consulting

Sharon Panian
WSLB Board Member

Braden Phillips
Admin. Bureau Chief of Long Beach Police Department (Ret.)

Harry Saltzgaver
Executive Editor, Gazette Newspapers

Lynn Shrum
The Fenn-Anstruther/Shrum Group

John Thomas
Historic Resources Advisor, The Queen Mary

Freeman Welch
Senior Vice President - Investment Officer, Wells Fargo Advisors

Wendi McLendon-Covey
& Greg Covey

Philanthropist Award

Supervisor Janice Hahn

Protector Award

Cherese Mari Laulhere

Legacy Award

Ellis Sanchez

"Opportunities Abound" Scholarship