WHEN GEORGIA SMILED: THE ROBIN MCGRAW REVELATION FOUNDATION MAKES FIRST GRANT TO LAURA’S HOUSE

Posted on Wednesday, October 1st 2014

$50,000 Grant, Funded by the Sale of McGraw’s AveryLasting Love Lip Gloss Collection, Will Support the Laura’s House Courthouse Advocacy Project

(Los Angeles, CA – September 23, 2014) – When Georgia Smiled: The Robin McGraw Revelation Foundation will award its first grant, funded by the sale of McGraw’s AveryLasting Love Lip Gloss Collection, to Laura’s House, a leading nonprofit dedicated to providing domestic violence education, prevention, shelter and counseling services to individuals and families across Southern California. The presentation will be made during a special episode of the Dr. Phil show airing Wednesday, September 24th (check local listings).

The $50,000 grant from When Georgia Smiled will allow for the expansion of Laura’s House Legal Advocacy Program, which works to address a lack in continuity of legal services for victims of domestic violence and elder abuse in Orange County. In 2013, more than 4,000 individuals received assistance to file restraining order applications through the Domestic Violence Assistance Program (DVAP) office at the Orange County courthouse. No onsite legal advocacy services were in place to assist them after the application process, even though the needs of this population typically intensify and become more complex at this stage. This represents a countywide gap in services for thousands of victims of domestic violence and elder abuse and Laura’s House Legal Advocacy Program is specifically designed to meet this challenge, by providing continuing legal advocacy following services from the DVAP.

“The most dangerous time in the life of a battered woman is often when she attempts to leave her abuser,” notes McGraw. “I am proud to support Laura’s House in providing women and their children with the necessary services to get them through that critical time so they can live healthy, happy lives.”

“We are so honored to receive such a generous grant from The Robin McGraw Revelation Foundation,” added Margaret Bayston, CEO and executive director of Laura’s House. “The much-needed funding will help Laura’s House expand its legal advocacy project to continue helping the lives of hundreds of victims of domestic violence and elder abuse, and their children each year.”

Domestic violence is a pervasive social problem and continues to be the leading cause of injury to women nationwide. While the exact number of victims is impossible to determine, Laura’s House estimates that over 250,000 women and children are directly affected by domestic violence in Orange County alone and that this number continues to increase and is higher than the national average.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Laura’s House has provided shelter and support services to nearly 4,000 battered women and children and counseling, life skills education and legal assistance to more than 40,000 persons. Today, Laura’s House continues to be the only state-approved comprehensive domestic violence agency in South Orange County.  Laura’s House operates on the philosophy that domestic violence is multi-dimensional an often cyclical in nature and must be addressed through a range of interventions. The nonprofit’s goal is to provide supportive service programs that will prepare clients and their children to live independent and violence-free lives.

Robin McGraw launched her foundation, When Georgia Smiled, in October 2013 with the announcement of the foundation’s inaugural program, The Aspire Initiative, an online domestic violence education and prevention curriculum. The program’s corresponding smartphone app has had more than 130,000 downloads and was recognized on Capitol Hill by the National Health Collaborative on Violence and Abuse as one of the two apps in 2014 most beneficial in the fight to end domestic violence.

When Georgia Smiled is funded, in large part, by the sale of select Robin McGraw Revelation products whose total net profits directly benefit the Foundation and its domestic violence programs.  The AveryLasting Love Lip Gloss Collection, a four-shade collection of lipglosses that debuted in the summer of 2014, was the first of such product lines, and its sales have directly resulted in this grant.

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 to empower individuals and families affected by abuse.

In 2014, Laura’s House celebrates its 20th anniversary serving those whose lives have been affected by domestic violence. For the past two decades, 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 people. Connect with Laura’s House on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

About When Georgia Smiled

When Georgia Smiled: The Robin McGraw Revelation Foundation creates and advances programs that help women and children, especially those affected by domestic violence, live healthy, safe, and joy-filled lives. For more information, visit www.WhenGeorgiaSmiled.org.

About Robin McGraw

Robin McGraw is a bestselling author, television personality, philanthropist and entrepreneur. She is featured daily on Dr. Phil, where she is a familiar face and friendly voice to the audience, speaking often to issues that affect women. Robin has worked for many years with a variety of philanthropic causes that serve to improve the lives of women and children. Robin was recently named the National Celebrity Spokesperson for the Girl Scouts of the USA.  She is also a National Spokesperson for C.A.S.A. (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children). Robin is a board member of The Dr. Phil Foundation, and a member of the American Red Cross National Celebrity Cabinet. Robin has been recognized for her work in philanthropy with awards such as the Heart of Gold Award by the Starlight Starbright Foundation and the Big Heart Award by the Westside Children’s Center. She is a sought-after public speaker and has appeared on a variety of broadcast programs. She is the author of two #1 New York Times bestselling books: Inside My Heart: Choosing to Live with Passion and Purpose and What’s Age Got To Do With It? In April 2014, Robin launched her purpose-driven lifestyle brand, Robin McGraw Revelation.  Connect with Robin McGraw Revelation on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube.

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MEDIA CONTACTS:

Andrea McCallister
Laura’s House
amccallister@laurashouse.org

Dawn Mead
HKA Inc. Marketing Communications
dawn@hkamarcom.com

Anne Bradford
Robin McGraw Revelation
anne.bradford@robinmcgrawrevelation.com

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Canyon Country Hike & Hoedown to Benefit Laura’s House

Posted on Thursday, September 18th 2014

Hosted by Uncharted Journeys, Giracci Vineyards and Farms and Silverado Canyon

Join us for a day of fun and adventure for your entire family at the Canyon Country Hike & Hoedown! Saturday 10.25.14 8:30am-2:30pm.

  • Nature Hike
  • Wine Tasting
  • Vineyard Tour
  • Line Dancing
  • Riding & Roping Show
  • Petting Zoo
  • Food Festival
  • Arts & Crafts Expo
  • Opportunity Drawing
  • Silent Auction

~Help us tell domestic violence to take a hike!~

Live country music by: The Freightshakers

Please visit our website for details, schedule of events, and to purchase tickets: Hikeandhoedown.com

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Miller: NFL has no monopoly on domestic violence

Posted on Tuesday, September 16th 2014

Ray Rice case gives league a chance to help women.


Close to 30 women in the United States – in the time it takes you to read this column – will be beaten physically by someone they love.

That number, based on other studies, could be higher.

The exact statistics are impossible to determine, but even the most optimistic estimates tell us this much:

In the time it has taken you to reach this point, at least one U.S. woman has become a victim of domestic violence.

Just something to think about while everyone is busy firing Roger Goodell, investigating who knew what and when they did or didn’t know it and determining whether the NFL really is a sleazy, lying, immoral machine of corruption. Or something worse.

Yeah, it has been quite a week, one that began with Ray Rice’s suspension and ended with Adrian Peterson’s indictment, a week that officially concludes Saturday – precisely on the 20th anniversary of a monumental event in the push to curb domestic abuse.

On Sept. 13, 1994, the Violence Against Women Act was formally signed, providing funding and other resources and enhancing the tools available to law enforcement officials in the prosecution of abusers.

A few days ago, President Obama issued a proclamation celebrating this anniversary, his statement reading in part “our country has changed its culture.”

While studies show a decrease in the reported cases of domestic violence during the past two decades, this wasn’t the week for anyone to be feeling great about our progress.

Twenty years. That’s also how long ago Nicole Brown Simpson became a victim. And when, in San Clemente, Laura’s House was established, a nonprofit that takes its name from another victim, a woman who died at age 38 at the hands of her abuser.

“The (Rice) video is very shocking and upsetting to the public, but it’s a very sad reality for all of us involved in Laura’s House,” says Andrea McCallister, the organization’s director of development and communications. “It’s everyday life for so many of the people we serve.”

Let’s remember those people today, let’s think about those people, and, just as importantly, let’s remain aware of all the silence still unbroken even as the clamor and noise and chaos swallow Goodell and his once-precious shield.

When this story began, it was about domestic violence and the NFL’s remarkable callousness in refusing to take the problem seriously. The story has become something much different now, of course, but its roots are no less strong, no less significant.

“This is an opportunity to continue an important national conversation,” McCallister says. “It’s a chance to really help people who are in these situations who now know they aren’t alone. The thing about domestic violence is it has no boundaries. It cuts across all social strata and socioeconomic levels. It exists everywhere. It exists here.”

Since its inception, Laura’s House has provided shelter and services to more than 4,000 battered women and children and counseling, life coaching and legal assistance to more than 45,000.

The organization’s 24-hour crisis hotline received nearly 3,000 calls in 2013, a number that might shock and certainly will disappoint in that it represents a 9.4 percent increase from the previous year.

“It’s someone you know,” McCallister says. “It’s a neighbor. It’s a friend. It’s a friend of a friend. And it isn’t always physical abuse, like was depicted here. It can be psychological. It can be sexual. It can be financial abuse. There are many different kinds of abuse.”

A lot of people this week have called domestic violence an NFL problem, rightly accusing the league of failing to take a more proactive approach and a harder stance. It’s just too bad the problem isn’t that isolated.

Domestic violence is a problem for all of us, a problem that produces more than 12 million victims each year.

And now, a once too-private subject, something that happened only in other people’s houses, has walked into all of our living rooms, appearing as a video from a hotel elevator.

The NFL has a real crisis. And a real opportunity.

“In my perfect world, I would love to see the league create a program that promotes awareness of domestic violence,” McCallister says. “This could be a very big movement by the players because they’re so influential. They could use their popularity and power for positive things.”

She’s right. They could wear armbands or patches or messages written on their cleats. And why not? We see this sort of thing all the time.

Who knows? They could even wear jerseys that express their support of the victims of abuse.

“That would be so powerful, so inspiring for so many,” McCallister says. “For men who are out there in the public eye to stand up and say, ‘I’m against domestic violence. We stand proud and we’re going to end domestic violence together.’ That would be amazing.”

Sure, they could even wear jerseys, jerseys in the official color of domestic violence awareness. By the way, that color is purple, just like the purple worn by the Baltimore Ravens.

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This article was published this weekend in Orange County Register and Los Angeles Register. You can see the original article online here.

 

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Support Laura’s House and Win an Audi All Road for 1 year

Posted on Wednesday, September 3rd 2014

We hope you will join us to celebrate this historic milestone, Saturday, September 27, 2014 at the Audi Mission Viejo Store. This evening will feature a reception on the rooftop of the Audi Mission Viejo store with a variety of 2015 Audi vehicles on display, live entertainment, beer & wine and hors d’oeuvres.

The event will be the site of the drawing of the winner of the 2014/2015 Audi All Road no cost 1 year lease. Winner need not be present to win. Proceeds will benefit Laura’s House. $25 requested per Opportunity Ticket. Tickets limited to 1,000

Visit: Audi All Road on Eventbrite here.

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LARCS Harvest Festival

Posted on Thursday, August 28th 2014

LARCS Harvest Festival
Saturday, October 18th
1-5PM – Founder’s Park

  • LREF Pumpkin Patch
  • Live Music
  • Games & Activities
  • Beer Garden
  • Handmade Craft Fair
  • Chili Cook-Off
  • Cornhole Family Tournament
  • Scarecrow Decorating Contest
  • Free Giveaways at the LaderaLife Booth

Need more info? Visit LaderaLife.com

 

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