Kate Wedell is the founder and Executive Director of Cherished. Kate’s inspiration for Cherished came from her own broken past. Like many women before and after her, Kate came to Hollywood to pursue a dream, but within a few days she was forced into prostitution to survive. She became a stripper and a drug addict. Eventually, Kate was trafficked by a man she was made to believe truly cared about her but then discovered he was a pimp. She escaped and began to travel and work in clubs across the country. Over the years she friended a famous Hollywood madam who's clientele were Hollywood celebrities, persuaded that if she worked for her she would get her big break. She did work in a few films and at Paramount Studios as a dancer on the TV shows "Party Machine" but the drug addiction kept her from keeping the jobs she really desired.
After multiple arrests and being incarcerated at Sybil Brand Women’s Correctional Facility for car theft and drug possession she found the courage to escape the lifestyle she had been afraid to leave. In doing so, her life was threatened by her past associations. She was followed and tormented after she walked away from "the industry."
Those years are behind her now, but it was because Kate found the truth. She found out that she is Cherished and loved more than she could ever imagine and created with a purpose.
A Message From Kate: