Center for Car Donations: Partnering with Laura’s House to “End the Silence” of Domestic Violence

Posted on Wednesday, April 23rd 2014

Since 2006, Center for Car Donations has been accepting vehicle donations on the organization’s behalf; receiving 64% of the proceeds from the sale of the vehicles in 2012, Laura’s House has one of the highest returns in the State of California

Laura’s House, like many nonprofit organizations, uses proceeds from the sale of donated vehicles to fund the programs and services we provide to the community. Since 2006, we have been partnering with Center for Car Donations, which accepts donated cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats and RVs on our behalf, sells them at auction, and then donates the proceeds to Laura’s House.

Recently, The Orange County Register reported that total revenue raised by vehicle donations is on the decline. With reports from the California Attorney General, the newspaper found:

In California, vehicle donations in 2012 raised $17.7 million in the name of nonprofits in California, although the charities got just $5.5 million of that, or 31 percent. That’s a far sorrier showing than in 2011. Then, total revenue raised by vehicle donations was higher – $21.6 million – and charities got more than half the take, at 53.8 percent.

Through our partnership with Center for Car Donations, which focuses on helping small charities like ours, Laura’s House receives a much higher percentage of return on the sale of vehicles. In fact, in 2012, Center for Car Donations accepted vehicles on behalf of Laura’s House that sold at auction for $16,700, from that amount we received $10,706, or 64 percent of the take – more than double the average for the State of California, as reported by the newspaper.

Margaret Bayston, CEO and Executive Director of Laura’s House said, “We are grateful to Jacquie Elliott and Center for Car Donations for partnering with us to raise much-needed funds that are then used to help individuals and families build lives that are free of violence. Jacquie and her team are great advocates for our cause, and we appreciate their diligence in obtaining the best possible price at auction, then keeping expenses low so that we get a greater percentage of the proceeds from the sale of the vehicles.”

How to Donate a Vehicle to Laura’s House

Individuals wishing to donate an unwanted or unused vehicle, including cars, motorcycles, boats, trucks or RVs, can call Center for Car Donations at 877-411-DONATE to set up a convenient pick-up time for the vehicle. Same day and weekend appointment may be available. The donor can then designate that the proceeds from the sale of the vehicle be allocated toward Laura’s House. Upon the sale of the vehicle, donors will receive a receipt for the sale amount.

To qualify for a tax deduction during the 2014 tax year, all vehicles must be picked up by the Center for Car Donations by Dec. 31, 2014. Vehicles do not have to pass a smog test, be operational or registered. However, the donor must be the legal titleholder of the vehicle, and must show clear title. Additionally, all donated vehicles must have an engine and be towable.

For additional information the tax benefits afforded by vehicle donations, the IRS provides A Donor’s Guide to Car Donations at www.irs.gov/pub/irs-tege/pub4303.pdf.  Donors are also encouraged to check with their tax professional to determine the exact benefit of their donation.

Ways To Help

Donate For a Great Cause!

Posted on Wednesday, April 16th 2014

Laura’s House Resale Store is coming to Ladera Ranch for a day!

Saturday, April 26th, 2014
10am to 5pm

We will accept donations of gently used clothing and accessories for men, women, and children.

Laura’s House Resale Store
Mercantile West Shopping Center
Ste. B-10 (Next to Comfortable Sleep)
25626 Crown Valley Parkway, Ladera Ranch, CA 92694

Please contact us with any questions or for more information: (949) 472-8800

Help provide a better life for families affected by domestic violence.

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Laura’s House to Host 3rd Annual “Wine & Dine” Benefit at Big Canyon Country Club

Posted on Wednesday, April 16th 2014

More than 100 guests are expected to join Laura’s House for a beautiful evening featuring culinary and wine delights, a wine auction featuring more than 100 bottles of wine, and a blind tasting contest

Ladera Ranch, Calif., April 16, 2014 – To support the programs and services that it provides to individuals and families affected by domestic violence throughout Orange County and beyond, Laura’s House will host its 3rd Annual “Wine & Dine” event at Big Canyon Country Club in Newport Beach, on Friday May 30, 2014.

Click to Tweet: Please join @Lauras_House on Friday, May 30 for our 3rd Annual #Wine & Dine event! http://bit.ly/PGABun #NewportBeach #GivingBack

More than 100 guests are expected to gather for a beautiful evening that will include entertainment, a wine tasting, a selection of gourmet menu items, and a silent auction featuring wine tastings, unique experiences and tour and more than 100 bottles of wine. Additionally, guests will have the opportunity to taste more than 60 different wines throughout the evening, and for the first time this year, participate in a blind tasting contest, facilitated by event committee member and wine connoisseur Dr. Frank Murray, along with Yvette Poe, proprietor of Vino Paraiso Wine Store.

Some of the wineries that will be featured at the 3rd Annual “Wine & Dine” event include Apsara Cellars, Carneros; Campesino Cellars, Carneros; Clos Pepe Estate, Santa Rita Hills and Santa Ynez Valley; Copain Wines, Anderson Valley and Yorkville Highlands; CORE California Wines (Sonoma Wine Company), Paso Robles and Contra Costa County; Cousino Macul Wines, Chile; Cowboy Canyon Winery, Silverado Canyon; Donnafugata Wines, Italy; DUNSTAN Wines, Carneros; Frescobaldi, Italy; Giracci Vineyards and Farms, Silverado Canyon; Jemrose Wines, Bennett Valley; JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery, Paso Robles; Kessler-Haak Wine, Santa Rita Hills; La Marea Wines, San Benito County; Le Pich, Napa Valley; Loring Wine Company, Santa Lucia Highlands, Sonoma Coast, Russian River; Lucia Vineyards, Santa Lucia Highlands; Melville Vineyard & Winery, Santa Rita Hills; Pierre Martin, Loire Valley, France; POE Wines, Anderson Valley; Point Concepcion Wines, Santa Barbara County; Riverain Vineyards, Napa Valley; Sojourn Cellars, Sonoma Coast; Tercero Wines, Santa Ynez Valley; Ventisquero, Italy; and, Wind Gap Wines, Alexander Valley and Santa Cruz Mountains.

“As we celebrate our 20th year of serving the community, we are grateful to those who help us shine a light on domestic violence by attending our special events,” said Margaret Bayston, CEO and Executive Director, Laura’s House. “The Wine & Dine event, especially, has become a very popular event over the years, and one that our donors, staff and volunteers look forward to all year long. I would also like to thank our wonderful event committee, and all of the wineries who will be participating this year for their generosity toward our organization.”

Event committee members for the 3rd Annual Wine & Dine Event include long-time Laura’s House supporter Dr. Frank Murray; Laura’s House board member and proprietor of Giracci Vineyards and Farms, Linda Kearns; former Laura’s House board member and volunteer, Brenda Zalke; and, Yvette Peo, Founder, Vino Paraiso Wine Store in Murrietta.

The 3rd Annual “Wine & Dine” event for Laura’s House will take place starting at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, May 30 at Big Canyon Country Club, located at 1 Big Canyon Drive in Newport Beach. Individual tickets are $95 per person.

In addition to individual tickets, Laura’s House is also offering several event sponsorship packages starting at $500 for four (4) event tickets; premium seating and table signage; and, recognition in the Laura’s House newsletter and on our Website. At the $1,000 level, sponsors will receive eight (8) event tickets; VIP seating and table signage; sponsor recognition at the event and in all printed materials; recognition in the Laura’s House newsletter and on our Website; and, a commemorative gift. Sponsors at the $1,500 level will receive ten (10) event tickets; VIP seating and table signage; inclusion in a sponsorship ad to run in the Orange County Register; sponsor recognition at the event and in all printed materials; recognition in the Laura’s House newsletter and on our Website; and, a commemorative gift.

To purchase tickets and learn more about our sponsorship packages, visit www.laurashouse.org/events or call (949) 361-3775.

Connect with Laura’s House on social media to learn more about programs, services, upcoming events and more. You can reach us at:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/LaurasHouseOC
Twitter:
www.twitter.com/Lauras_House
Instagram:
www.instagram.com/LaurasHouseOC

About Laura’s House

The mission of Laura’s House is to change the social beliefs, attitudes and the behaviors that perpetuate domestic violence while creating a safe space in which to empower individuals and families affected by abuse.

In 2014, Laura’s House is celebrating its 20th anniversary of serving those whose lives have been affected by domestic violence. During the past 20 years, Laura’s House has provided shelter and support services to more than 4,000 battered women and children and counseling, life skills education and legal assistance to over 45,000 persons.

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The Wet Seal, Inc. Announces Partnership with Laura’s House to “Shine a Light” on Teen Dating Abuse

Posted on Friday, April 11th 2014

Starting today, tank tops featuring the Laura’s House logo will be available at 475 Wet Seal retail locations nationwide and online

Ladera Ranch, Calif., April 11, 2014Laura’s House, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to change the social beliefs, attitudes and behaviors that perpetuate domestic violence, while creating a safe space in which to empower individuals and families affected by abuse, today announced that it is teaming up with national teen retailer, The Wet Seal, Inc. to shine a light on teen dating abuse.

Click to Tweet: @Lauras_House teams up with @wetseal to “end the silence” of #domesticviolence. #teens #datingabuse bit.ly/1gd7d5q

Starting today,  tank tops featuring the Laura’s House logo with a message that states “Ending the SILENCE of domestic VIOLENCE” will be available at Wet Seal’s 475 retail locations nationwide or online at www.wetseal.com. The tank tops cost $7 each with Wet Seal donating $3 from the sale of each top to Laura’s House to support Healthy Emotions and Attitudes in Relationships for Teens (H.E.A.R.T.), a prevention and education program that reaches more than 3,000 teens and tweens annually.

“We are thrilled that Wet Seal has chosen to join us in building awareness around teen dating abuse, an issue that affects 1 in 4 teens,” said Margaret Bayston, CEO and Executive Director, Laura’s House. “As a national brand that caters to young women and girls, Wet Seal is helping us elevate the message around healthy relationships to perhaps our most critical target audience – youth. When we can break the cycle of violence during these formative years, through empowerment and education, instances of domestic violence can be reduced when they reach adulthood.”

“At The Wet Seal, we are committed to helping the people and communities we serve and are especially focused on promoting the well-being of the young women who are our customers” said John D. Goodman, Chief Executive Officer at The Wet Seal. “We applaud Laura’s House for its efforts to educate teens and tweens on the risks associated with dating abuse, and for the educational programs that teach young women, and men, how to develop healthy relationships. We are proud to support them in bringing their message to teens across the United States through the ‘Ending the SILENCE of domestic VIOLENCE’ tank top campaign.”

To learn more about how to identify the signs of and prevent teen dating abuse and for additional resources, connect with Laura’s House at:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/LaurasHouseOC
Twitter:
www.twitter.com/Lauras_House
Instagram:
www.instagram.com/LaurasHouseOC

24-hour Crisis Hotline: 866-498-1511

Connect with The Wet Seal at:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/wetseal
Twitter:
www.twitter.com/wetseal
Pinterest:
www.pinterest.com/wetsealfashion/
Instagram:
www.instagram.com/wetseal
YouTube:
www.youtube.com/user/wetseal
Wanelo:
www.wanelo.com/wetseal

To see the “Ending the SILENCE of domestic VIOLENCE” tank top online, visit http://bit.ly/1gd7d5q.

About The Wet Seal, Inc.

Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, The Wet Seal, Inc. is a leading specialty retailer of fashionable and contemporary apparel and accessory items. As of February 1, 2014, the Company operated a total of 532 stores in 47 states and Puerto Rico, including 475 Wet Seal stores and 57 Arden B stores. The Company’s products can also be purchased online at www.wetseal.com or www.ardenb.com. For more Company information, visit www.wetsealinc.com.

About Laura’s House

The mission of Laura’s House is to change the social beliefs, attitudes and the behaviors that perpetuate domestic violence while creating a safe space in which to empower individuals and families affected by abuse.

In 2014, Laura’s House is celebrating its 20th anniversary of serving those whose lives have been affected by domestic violence. During the past 20 years, Laura’s House has provided shelter and support services to more than 4,000 battered women and children and counseling, life skills education and legal assistance to over 45,000 persons.

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4th Annual San Clemente Sunrise Rotary “Dancing for a Cause” to Benefit Laura’s House and other Local Charities

Posted on Friday, March 28th 2014

Representing Laura’s House in the dance competition will be board member Laverne Friedmann

Ladera Ranch, Calif., March 27, 2014Laura’s House, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to change the social beliefs, attitudes and behaviors that perpetuate domestic violence, while creating a safe space in which to empower individuals and families affected by abuse, today announced that for the fourth year in a row, it is a beneficiary of the San Clemente Sunrise Rotary “Dancing for a Cause” event.

“Dancing for a Cause” is a semi-formal event based on the hit TV show, “Dancing with the Stars.” During the event, participants from each beneficiary organization will be paired with a professional dance partner from South Coast Dancesport. Laura’s House board member Laverne Friedmann will compete for monetary prizes and the coveted “Top Dancer” trophy. Additionally, Laura’s House will receive 100% of the proceeds from the sponsorship dollars raised in support of Friedmann’s participation in the event.

Friedmann is a steadfast supporter of Laura’s House, and has been involved with the organization for nearly a decade, helping to build awareness and raise funds that support the programs and services the organization provides to individuals and families affected by domestic violence. She has served on the Laura’s House Board of Directors since 2013, and currently serves as President of Friedmann & Friedmann Insurance Services, Southern California’s leading privately held insurance firm, which she founded in 1988.

“I am thrilled to be representing Laura’s House in the 2014 ‘Dancing for a Cause’ event,” said Friedmann. “We are grateful to the San Clemente Sunrise Rotary Club for their ongoing support of our organization through this annual event, as well as the monetary and in-kind donations that the Club and its members have so generously given throughout the year. For a number of years now, the San Clemente Sunrise Rotary has served as one of our most dedicated community partners, and we would like to thank them for helping us build greater awareness for domestic violence here on our community.”

“Dancing for a Cause” will take place on Friday, May 9 at 6:00 p.m. at Casino San Clemente, located at 140 West Pico Avenida in San Clemente. The event will commence with a reception, photo opportunity and silent auction, followed by dinner catered by Iva Lee’s, the dance competition, live auction and dancing.

Other beneficiaries for the 4th Annual “Dancing for a Cause” event include San Clemente Sunrise Rotary; San Clemente Kiwanis; San Clemente Abolitionists; Rotary Foundation; and, Words of Comfort, Hope & Promise. Tickets to “Dancing for a Cause” are available through the San Clemente Sunrise Rotary Club for $125 each. For more information, call Mervyn Lawrie at (949) 584-4579.

Connect with Laura’s House on social media to learn more about programs, services, upcoming events and more. You can reach us at:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/LaurasHouseOC
Twitter:
www.twitter.com/Lauras_House
Instagram:
www.instagram.com/LaurasHouseOC

About Laura’s House

The mission of Laura’s House is to change the social beliefs, attitudes and the behaviors that perpetuate domestic violence while creating a safe space in which to empower individuals and families affected by abuse.

In 2014, Laura’s House is celebrating its 20th anniversary of serving those whose lives have been affected by domestic violence. During the past 20 years, Laura’s House has provided shelter and support services to more than 4,000 battered women and children and counseling, life skills education and legal assistance to over 45,000 persons.

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