Approximately 10,000 women expected to attend event



Mel Gibson may think he knows “what women want,” but the California Women’s Expo knows more. Close to 10,000 women are expected to descend upon the Pasadena Hilton Hotel for the first annual event, which takes place March 23-25, 2001. Featuring over 100 exhibitors and special guest celebrities, the event will showcase the “latest and greatest” in products and services designed to enhance the lives of women of all ages. 

Southern California is the mecca of health and well-being, and yet, this area has never had a women’s expo like this,” said Craig Arthur, show director for Expos Unlimited, Inc. “We believe we are tapping into a market that has not been exposed to such an incredible event.” 

It is most appropriate that this Women’s Expo be proudly affiliated with Olive Crest, a non-profit dedicated to preventing child abuse, treating victims of child abuse and preserving the family through innovative programs and comprehensive services. A portion of the proceeds of the Women’s Expo will be donated to Olive Crest. 

The Expo is proud to have several guest celebrity speakers, including Paul Ryan, international speaker on “Hollywood, Health & Humor!” The host of a thousand stars, interviewing some of Hollywood’s legends, Ryan will host a panel “Hollywood Goes Healthy” and speak on “How To Create and Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle.” Known as the premier Comedy Coach, his television credits include host of “Mid-Morning LA,” celebrity interviewer for “Entertainment Tonight,” and host/producer of shows on CNBC and The Travel Channel. 

Leigh Taylor-Young, Emmy Award winning actress for “Pickett Fences” plus numerous starring roles opposite Hollywood’s “most famous” males will be a guest speaker. Other celebrities include Beth Broderick who is currently Aunt Zelda on “Sabrina, The Teenage Witch” and Franchesco Quinn who is starring on TV’s new series, “The Fugitive” and also stars in “The Young and The Restless” 

The California Women’s Expo will showcase products and services covering such areas as health, wellness, fitness, alternative medicine, beauty, fashion, jewelry and much more. A stage area will feature speakers who will educate guests on topics such as cancer research, weight loss, raising families, insurance issues and more. 

In addition, there will be an Olive Crest kid’s corner area with arts and crafts and much more. Each attendee will leave the show with approximately $50 worth of coupons and free product samples. “We are housing some of the newest and most innovating products and services for women under one roof,” Arthur said.

“In one day, women will be able to discover all of these hot, new items rather than spending weeks of their own time traveling to malls. By attending the California Women’s Expo, women are getting a jump start on ‘what’s hot’ in the women’s market.” 

Sponsors for the event include Whole Foods Markets, 24-Hour Fitness, National Health Federation, Hilton Hotels, KLSX/97.1 FM and LA Parent magazine. 

Olive Crest Homes & Services for Abused Children was founded in 1973 as a 501-(c)(3) non-profit organization. It strives to create greater public awareness and raise funds for the ongoing support of the children cared for by the organization. Olive Crest operates 22 residential homes, a licensed foster/adoption agency, a private school and two, highly intensive treatment centers for victims of child abuse. 

“Kids are our future; if we abuse them, they just carry on the cycle to their children”, Arthur said. “ Currently, Olive Crest turns away 100 children a month. It is our goal to use part of the proceeds we generate from this event to help these 100 kids per month get the help they need.” 

The California Women’s Expo will be held at the Pasadena Hilton Hotel, 168 S. Robles Ave. The show is open to the public from 3-9 p.m. on March 23, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on March 24-25. Tickets range from $6 to $12, with discounts available if purchased on-line at

For sponsorship or general information about the show, visit the website, or call (877) 345-6162.

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