Guests will gather on Saturday, October 6 for a “Masquerade Ball” to build awareness and raise funds to support programs and services that help individuals and families impacted by domestic violence
Ladera Ranch, Calif., Aug. 27, 2012 – More than 300 people are expected to gather at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa on Saturday, October 6, 2012 for the “Music of the Night Masquerade Ball” benefitting Laura’s House. Proceeds from the event will be used to fund the programs and services that Laura’s House provides to individuals and families impacted by domestic violence, including the Emergency Shelter, Transitional Housing, Counseling & Resource Center, Legal Advocacy, and Healthy Emotions and Attitudes in Relationships for Teens (H.E.A.R.T.), a community outreach program that educates teens on dating violence issues at local high schools and community colleges.
“Sadly, domestic violence remains prevalent throughout our community with one in four adult women affected by it, and one in five high school students reporting physical and/or sexual abuse by a dating partner,” said Margaret Bayston, CEO and Executive Director, Laura’s House. “We are grateful to the community for supporting us in our efforts to ‘end the silence of domestic violence.’ Special events like our annual gala build awareness that will change the social beliefs, attitudes and behaviors that perpetuate domestic violence, while providing the funding we need to create a safe place in which to empower individuals and families affected by abuse.”
Honorees for “Music of the Night,” include Orange County philanthropist Anne MacPherson who will be presented with a Crystal Heart Award, and Edwards LifeSciences, which will be presented with the Corporate Crystal Heart Award. MacPherson is being recognized by Laura’s House for her generous contributions to the Cornerstone Capital Campaign, a $4.5 million fundraising initiative that enabled Laura’s House to rebuild its emergency shelter, and purchase a separate faciility for the Step Ahead Transitional Housing Program for shelter graduates. Edwards LifeSciences is being honored for their spirit of philanthropy, commitment to the Laura’s House mission and dedication to assisting victims of domestic violence through their corporate giving initiatives and volunteer program.
“Music of the Night” will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a cocktail reception and silent auction featuring a one-of-a-kind child’s playhouse designed and built by Western National Group. The playhouse will be on display during the event, for viewing by attendees and interested bidders. The silent auction will also feature 200 items including exciting travel and entertainment experiences, culinary adventures, and a “Wall of Wine” offering a seemingly endless selection of top-rated wines and tasting experiences from around the world.
A dinner and program will follow the silent auction, featuring Vikki Vargas, Orange County Bureau Chief for NBC4, as this year’s Master of Ceremonies. After dinner, guests will have the opportunity to participate in a live auction, followed by dancing and musical entertainment from the Sensation Showband.
Chair for “Music of the Night” is Laura Khouri, who also currently serves as the Chair for the Laura’s House Board of Directors. Event committee members include Laura Bartz, Andrea Stephens and Denise Strini from Western National Group; Laura’s House board members Jennifer Hannigan Boyer, Linda Grace Kearns, Sandy Jacobson, Casey Wolin, Kurt Ross and his wife Lorrie; and, Cornerstone Capital Campaign Chair, Wayne Pinnell and his wife Karen.
Individual tickets for “Music of the Night Masquerade Ball” are $250 per person, ads are also available for the evening’s Tribute Journal. Table sponsorships begin at $3,500. For more information, visit www.laurashouse.org/events.
About Laura’s House
Over the past eighteen years, Laura’s House has provided residential shelter and support services to nearly 3,500 families, and counseling, life skills education and legal assistance to over 40,000 individuals. 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.
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