Laura’s House Invites Community to Celebrate at 20th Anniversary Gala

Posted on Tuesday, July 22nd 2014

Nonprofit to Raise Critical Funds to End Silence of Domestic Violence

LADERA RANCH, Calif., July 21, 2014 – In celebration of 20 years of successfully empowering survivors of domestic violence and changing lives forever, leading nonprofit organization Laura’s House will host friends and advocates at its annual gala “Shall We Dance” on Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach.

Guests will enjoy a memorable evening beginning at 6 p.m. with a cocktail reception, followed by dinner, award presentations, silent and live auctions and dancing. A video highlighting important milestones throughout Laura’s House 20 year history will also be unveiled. Laura’s House advocate Donna Pickup, whose husband Dick Pickup is an owner of the Balboa Bay Resort, is this year’s Honorary Event Chair.

“Our annual gala has become a very special time for all of us at Laura’s House. It gives our supporters an opportunity to come together and recognize our accomplishments and for us to honor some of our many wonderful advocates,” said Margaret Bayston, Laura’s House CEO and Executive Director. “The gala is a welcomed opportunity to raise funds while we enjoy time together in celebration.”

Bayston added that this year’s 20th anniversary celebration is the perfect opportunity to honor two organizations that have given so much to the organization. Haskell & White LLP (H&W), one of the region’s largest privately held accounting firms, has been a strong supporter since 2005 and will receive the Crystal Heart Award. H&W Managing Partner Wayne Pinnell has been the key advocate for more than 16 years and currently is Chair of Laura’s House Board of Directors.

Second honoree is Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, which will receive the Legal Leader Award. The firm has helped spearhead the legal services program provided to Laura’s House clients who require pro bono legal counseling to help them move forward as they attempt to break the cycle of abuse.

This year’s Presenting Sponsors are Laura Khouri, president, and Michael K. Hayde, CEO and chairman of the board of Western National Group. Khouri also is a Laura’s House board member. Additional sponsors to-date include: Donna & Dick Pickup, Haskell& White LLP, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Verizon Wireless, The Frome Foundation, Lisa & Les Fujimoto and Casey & Tim Wolin.

Tickets to the gala are $250; table sponsorships start at $3,500. For additional information, please visit the Laura’s House website, www.laurashouse.org/gala or email Andrea McCallister at amccallister@laurashouse.org.

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, LinkedIn and YouTube.

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Laura’s House ‘Drives’ with South County Maserati at Second Annual HOPE Golf Tournament

Posted on Tuesday, June 24th 2014

Charity event to help build brighter futures for individuals and families affected by domestic violence

LADERA RANCH, Calif., June 23, 2014Laura’s House, a leading nonprofit dedicated to providing domestic violence education, prevention, shelter and counseling services to empower individuals and families affected by abuse will host its second annual HOPE Tournament: Building Brighter Futures for Families Affected by Domestic Violence. The charity golf tournament, sponsored by South County Maserati of Mission Viejo, will take place on Monday, August 11, 2014, at Marbella Country Club in San Juan Capistrano. Proceeds will benefit Laura’s House and its mission of ending the silence of domestic violence.

“We are delighted to team with South County Maserati to create another exciting HOPE Tournament benefiting Laura’s House,” said Margaret Bayston, CEO and Executive Director, Laura’s House. “During our 20th anniversary, special fundraising events like this golf tournament are vital in bringing the community together to shed light on the prevalence of domestic violence in our community and how it impacts the families we serve.”

The HOPE Tournament will begin at 11 a.m. with registration, a putting contest and box lunch, followed by a 12 p.m. shotgun start. The event will use a four-player scramble format and will feature longest drive, closest-to-the-pin and hole-in-one contests. The hole-in-one contests include: a luxury Maserati car on hole #4 and Fiat vehicles on holes #7, #11, and #16. Harlow’s Cuisine will feature signature cocktails at the clubhouse and Orange County Airstream will be onsite. The tournament will conclude with an awards reception at 5:30 p.m. with wine and spirits, a stationed dinner, entertainment and a silent auction.

Leading the charge for the annual charity golf tournament is committee chair Matt West of 1st Enterprise Bank. Other committee members include: Patrick Lustig, Operating Partner of South County Maserati, John Medler, Mike Zalke of  Sierra Sales, Monica Timpe-Godfrey of Timpe Group/Morgan Stanley, Dawn McKahan and Cecilia Shedarowich  of Creative Package McKahan and Sera Chayalan of Philadelphia Insurance Company.

Sponsors for The HOPE Tournament are South County Maserati (Silver Sponsor), Orange County Airstream (Bronze Sponsor), 1st Enterprise Bank (Bronze Sponsor), Hittleman Law Group (Platinum Foursome Sponsor), Active Captive Management LLC (Platinum Foursome Sponsor), Integrated Project Services (Platinum Foursome Sponsor), Lutzky Associates Development (Exclusive Hole Sponsor), Schiefer Media (Tee Sponsor), The Rand Group, Morgan Stanley (Tee Sponsor) and Friedmann & Friedmann Insurance Services, Inc. (Underwriter for hole-in-one contest).

Sponsorship packages for The HOPE Tournament are available and range from $250 to $10,000. Individual player fee is $250. Dinner tickets are $50. For questions regarding event sponsorship contact Melanie Galloway at mgalloway@laurashouse.org or call 949-361-3775.

All proceeds from The HOPE Tournament will benefit Laura’s House Emergency Shelter and Transitional Housing Programs; the 24-hour Domestic Violence Crisis Hotline; Legal Support Services; and Counseling and Community Education Programs. For more information about Laura’s House, visit www.laurashouse.org.

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.

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Orange County Register: Laura’s House Marks 20 Years of Offering Hope

Posted on Tuesday, June 17th 2014

Rhonda Terrell and her son, Andrew Paul, both victims of abuse, volunteer together at Laura's House Resale Store in Lake Forest

We’re excited to see the Sunday edition of the Orange County Register run an article about Laura’s House in their Local section. The feature included facts about domestic violence, a timeline and an interview with executive director Margaret Bayston and volunteer Ronda Terrell about the shelter, what it provides for domestic violence victims and what’s next for Laura’s House.

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Laura’s House Celebrates 20 Years of Empowering Domestic Violence Survivors

Posted on Wednesday, June 4th 2014

Inspiring anniversary event includes cake, live entertainment, guest speakers and office tours

LADERA RANCH, Calif., May 28, 2014 – Laura’s House, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing intervention, education, life skills and support to empower survivors of domestic violence to break the cycle of abuse will host a special birthday celebration at its Ladera Ranch offices on Thursday, June 12, at 4 p.m. The public event will serve to inspire action and raise awareness for the organization’s vision of ending the silence of domestic violence.

In 2013, more than 2,600 individuals contacted the 24-hour Laura’s House hotline and were provided with crisis intervention services, an increase of nearly 10 percent from 2012. Over its 20-year history, Laura’s House has continued to increase the number of lives it touches annually, providing close to one million individuals in Orange County and beyond with domestic violence-related services and support.

“Since its founding, Laura’s House has continued to grow and expand its many programs and services to prepare our clients and their children to live independent and violence-free lives,” said Margaret Bayston, CEO and Executive Director of Laura’s House. “As we celebrate 20 years with our supporters, donors, colleagues and clients, we encourage the community to join us in learning more about the tragic reality for those affected by domestic violence and how we can come together to break the silence.”

The festive afternoon, which celebrates the nonprofit’s year of inception, will include an anniversary cake, live entertainment, open house and tours of its corporate offices and counseling and resource center. Interested attendees can RSVP to gclark@laurashouse.org or 949-361-3775.

In honor of its 20th anniversary, Laura’s House also has created a special Anniversary Fund to raise much-needed support for its lifesaving programs and services. The goal is to raise $20,000 to ensure Laura’s House is able to provide its services to help more families beyond 2014. The organization also will host its 20th anniversary gala on Oct. 4 at the Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach. Sponsorship packages and tickets are now available. For more information on Laura’s House and its 20th anniversary, visit www.laurashouse.org.

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 and YouTube.

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4th Annual “Dancing for a Cause” Event Generates More than $19,000 in Donations for Laura’s House

Posted on Wednesday, May 28th 2014

Board member Laverne Freidmann represented Laura’s House in the dance competition hosted by the San Clemente Sunrise Rotary Club

The 2014 “Dancing for a Cause” event, sponsored by the San Clemente Sunrise Rotary, garnered more than $19,000 in donations for Laura’s House, thanks to the efforts of the Laura’s House Board of Directors and board member, Laverne Friedmann, who represented the organization in the 4th annual dance competition.

“I am thrilled to have participated in the 2014 ‘Dancing for a Cause’ event, on behalf of Laura’s House,” said Friedmann. “I had a fabulous time, and I am especially grateful to everyone, including my fellow board members, who contributed to the success of this event through donations and sponsorships, as well as those who came out to cheer me on during the competition, it was truly a remarkable evening!”

The 4th annual “Dancing for a Cause” event was held on Friday, May 9 at Casino San Clemente. Friedmann and her dance partner, Matt Gregory of South Coast Dancesport, danced to the popular “Flip Flop Fly” by the Blues Brothers, using a combination of East Coast Swing and Lindy Hop dance moves.

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.

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.

“The San Clemente Sunrise Rotary is one of Laura’s House most dedicated and steadfast community partners, and we would like to thank them for helping us build greater awareness for domestic violence here on our community,” continued Friedmann.

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
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www.instagram.com/LaurasHouseOC
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