For Immediate Release
Gala Celebrates Mother-Baby Friendly Workplace Awards
Local Employers Recognized for Support of Breastfeeding Moms
SAN DIEGO, CALIF. — December 5, 2012 — The San Diego County Breastfeeding Coalition (SDCBC), held their fifth-annual Liquid Gold Gala on Saturday, October 6th at Point Loma’s Southwestern Yacht Club. The evening included cocktails, dinner, entertainment, a silent auction and awards acknowledgements.
The Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace Awards ceremony began with opening remarks by County Public Health Officer, Dr. Wilma Wooten who oversees all health programs; she spoke about the benefits of breastfeeding for the health of San Diego.
Awards in four categories were given to San Diego employers that have instituted comprehensive programs in support of breastfeeding mothers returning to work. The winners in each of the categories included: Business — Intuit Inc.; Schools — San Diego Unified School District; Government Agency — Clinicas de Salud del Pueblo, Inc. WIC Program; and Non-Government Organization — 2-1-1 San Diego.
Runner-up awards in the Business category went to Sempra Energy and Grossmont Pediatrics and in the Government Agency category, to Health and Human Services Agency, North Central Region – County of San Diego.
“We had the largest number of sponsoring hospitals involved with our event this year,” said Heidi Burke-Pevney, IBCLC of the San Diego County Breastfeeding Coalition. “We hope to have all San Diego County Hospitals as sponsors in the future. Breast pump manufacturers, Medela, Hygeia, and Limerick have always been generous sponsors and donors to the Liquid Gold Gala,” she stated. The well-attended event raised over $8,200 for the Coalition.
Thousands of families benefit from the breastfeeding advocacy, education, promotion and support provided through grant and fund-raising dollars. Support also goes to the BREEAST (Breastfeeding Education, Equipment Advocacy & Support Team) Program, to meet the needs of mothers and infants at high risk of breastfeeding failure in a coordinated, cost-effective manner. Multi-user breast pumps are donated to county hospitals, health agencies and Public Health Nurses. At-risk
individuals can access needed breastfeeding equipment and supplies, education, support, and referral. The Coalition publishes a bilingual (English/Spanish) resource guide including information on breastfeeding providers, classes, support groups, helplines, breast pump rentals, and health tips.