In our ongoing commitment to reflect the diversity of the communities we serve, KCET and Union Bank honor outstanding women who have made significant contributions to improve our community.

Honorees 2014

Local Hero: Leslye Borden

In 2008, Leslye Borden made a decision that would give hundreds of abused women something to hold on to. Having sold her stock photo business the year before, without any idea of what life was going to hold for her next, she decided to combine her love of knitting with her desire to give back to the community and launched Handmade Especially for You, an organization that provides handmade “comfort” scarves as gifts to women who have suffered abuse.

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Local Hero: Ann Reiss Lane

Ann Reiss Lane is the Founder and Chair Emeritus of Women Against Gun Violence (WAGV). The organization started in 1993 in response to the gun industry’s expansive marketing campaign toward women and the surging handgun homicide rate (at the time there was a reported 40,000 gun deaths in the U.S.). Ms. Reiss Lane’s vision was to empower women, whose roles had traditionally been caretakers of the community, to help bring down the gun homicide rate.

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2014 Women's History Month Awards

On Tuesday evening, March 4th, the 2014 Women's History Month Local Heroes honorees Leslye Borden and Ann Reiss Lane were joined by friends and family as they were presented with their awards and feted at the City Club Los Angeles by executives from Union Bank and KCETLink.

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Past Heroes
Local Hero: Billie P. Weiss

Local Hero: Billie P. Weiss

Local Hero: Bea Cohen

Local Hero: Bea Cohen

Local Hero: Gloria Lazalde

Local Hero: Gloria Lazalde

Local Hero: Lisa Watson

Local Hero: Lisa Watson

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