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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Thursday, December 20, 2012

International Women’s Festival Announces Call for Gutsy Gals

Santa Barbara, California (Dec. 17, 2012) - February 8, 2013 at the Bacara Resort in Goleta, the annual Women’s Festival will be announcing the annual Gutsy Gals Inspire Me Award®.


Inspiring women have been honored each year since 2009. These include 2012’s business woman Kathy Ireland, 2011’s international public realtions consultant Mary Schnack and in 2010 publisher and philanthropist Sara Miller McCune.

This year, Gutsy Gals Inspire Me® is opening the door for organizations to nominate women who are visionaries and trailblazers and are making the world a better place through professional, planet, philanthropy, politics and personal inspiration to others. Deadline for nominations is January 12, 2013. Final awards will be made at the International Women’s Festival at the Bacara Resort in Santa Barbara on February 8.

Patty DeDominic, founder of the International Women’s Festivals shares, “It’s the Gutsy Gals of the world who have empowered other women to step forward and not be afraid to speak up and lead us, as women, to be our natural powerful selves.”

“Gutsy Gals Inspire Me award recipients are incredible role models for all. Their stories, once told, become the foundation for possibility,” said Gutsy Gals Inspire Me® founder, Deborah Hutchison. “By giving our awards at the Women’s Festivals and other events, we hope to launch a movement to inspire girls and women across the world to be courageous, confident, and have the desire to drive their own destinies.”

This year, businesses, nonprofits and individuals can nominate women who have been gutsy in their accomplishments. Consider the following areas of inspiration and get a nomination form at www.womensfestivals.org or at www.gutsygalsinspireme.com. Deadline for nominations is January 12, 2013. Return nominations to Info@womensfestivals.org or mail to Women’s Festivals, 2353 East Valley Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93108.

· Trailblazer

· Innovator

· Positive role model

· Leader

· Wave maker

· Healthy rule breaker

· Life changer

· Catalyst for Change

This year’s Women’s Festival has the theme of Health, Wealth and Soul and is working in collaboration with The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women Luncheon presented by Mentor. To enjoy the day of Health, Wealth and Soul and to hear the results of the Gutsy Gals Inspire Me award, register to attend the festival at www.womensfestivals.org. Go Red For Women Luncheon attendees will be able to attend for the included price of their luncheon ticket.

Special VIP tickets include both the Go Red For Women Luncheon and the Women’s Festival event while supporting the Women’s Festival nonprofit partners and empowering women to be their very best in life. Stay in touch with the website and Facebook page at Facebook.com/WomensFestivals for information as it comes available.

The Women’s Festivals were created by Patty DeDominic and Mary Schnack to provide an interactive, multi-cultural forum focusing on the five key areas of women’s lives: Personal, Professional, Philanthropic, Political, and Planet. To register for the 2013 Women’s Festival visit www.womensfestivals.org. For questions contact Info@womensfestivals.org or 805-565-9967.

The Women’s Festival has a vision to reach out to women seeking to empower themselves by connecting with the tools and resources they need to flourish and prosper in all aspects of their busy lives. Its mission is to address the crucial issues facing women today in an interactive, multi-cultural, and entertaining format.

The Central Coast American Heart Association invites community members to join the movement and speak out about the No. 1 killer at the Santa Barbara Go Red For Women Luncheon. Go Red For Women raises awareness of heart disease in women and empowers them to take charge of their health. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.GoRedSB.com or contact Alysia Hendricks at (805) 963-8862.

The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. Our mission is to build healthier lives by preventing, treating and defeating these diseases - America’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers. We fund cutting-edge research, conduct lifesaving public and professional educational programs, and advocate to protect public health. To learn more or join us in helping all Americans, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit www.heart.org/centralcoast.

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