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A Pink Pump Affair Announces Veteran CBS News Anchor Pat Harvey As Mistress of Ceremonies & Award-winning Actress & Comedian Kym Whitley As Celebrity Auctioneer


A Pink Pump Affair Announces Veteran CBS News Anchor Pat Harvey As Mistress of Ceremonies & Award-winning Actress & Comedian Kym Whitley As Celebrity Auctioneer

LOS ANGELES, CA – Multi-award-winning Civil Rights Attorney, and Child Advocate, Areva Martin, along with Special Needs Network (SNN), is pleased to announce the 16th annual extravaganza – A Pink Pump Affair – which will start at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 19, 2024, at the Beverly Wilshire | A Four Seasons Hotel. The upcoming charity event will pay tribute to remarkable women who have made significant contributions in Southern California. The attendees will be dressed in pink attire and include hundreds of professional and influential women from various areas of business, government, media, and entertainment. The event will feature a champagne reception, a live auction, a fashion show, and the presentation of Women of Distinction awards. The recipients of the Women of Distinction awards will be announced soon.

The event will be hosted by Pat Harvey, an iconic local news anchor, and nationally-renowned broadcast news anchor from CBS 2 & KCAL 9 News, while Kym Whitley, an award-winning comedian and actress, will serve as the celebrity auctioneer.

Past recipients of the Women of Distinction awards include Vice President Kamala Harris,Angela Bassett, Jenifer Lewis, Alfre Woodard, Loretta Devine, Niecy Nash, Holly Robinson Peete, Salli Richardson, Tisha Campbell, and Senator Barbara Boxer.

All proceeds from A Pink Pump Affair will support the newly opened landmark Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities (C.A.D.D.) on the campus of the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital. SNN is delighted to have a central location where it can bring all its programs and services under one roof, enhancing the focus of its work in the South Los Angeles community.


Special Needs Network, Inc. (SNN) is a nonprofit grassroots organization responding to the autism crisis and other developmental disabilities in underserved communities. We recognize the intersectionality of individuals with disabilities and that their fight for disability rights is inextricably tied to the fight for racial justice and the civil rights of all people.

Celebrity photographer and disabled Vietnam veteran Jerome Dorn embodies the very definition of resilience. Born in Philadelphia, the fifth of seven children, Dorn stayed focused throughout his youth, eventually obtaining his degree in Criminal Justice. Dorn has worked with the Philadelphia Police Department, Department of Justice, World Wide Detective Agency, and several other high profile security groups. Throughout his successful career, Dorn wrestled with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, an aftereffect of his military service. Battling the pain and debilitating effect of PTSD, Dorn found comfort behind the camera. Photography proved to be not only therapeutic, but life changing as well. Dorn picked up his first camera in 1970 while serving in Vietnam and knew instantly that behind the lens was where he belonged. His shooting style and photographs were special, generating a buzz in the industry. In 1985, he began his career in photojournalism, working in a variety of genres. Dorn’s credentials include fashion, lifestyle photography, photojournalism, and celebrity/red carpet coverage. Working with MSNBC, Jet Magazine, and major publications in Philadelphia and around the country, Dorn has had the honor of capturing the images of hundreds of notable celebrities and politicians including President Barack Obama, George Bush Jr, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Maya Angelou, Jesse Jackson, Rihanna, Snoop Dog, Will Smith, and Tyler Perry. Photography has sent Dorn around the globe, inspiring his passion for civil activism. In 1995, Dorn assembled and led a group of forty-two men to the Million Man March. Together, they spent five days walking from Philadelphia to Washington DC. In his travels, Dorn observed a common theme amongst the youth of the world. Many of the children he encountered seemed lost. Understanding that opportunities for at-risk youth are minimal, Dorn was inspired to make a difference. Established by Dorn in 2011, InDaHouseMedia was built on the idea that there is room in the house for everyone. With InDaHouseMedia, Dorn’s mission is to provide the future generation with positive direction through sports, music, and photography.

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