Uncharted Journeys Teams Up with Laura’s House for 2nd Annual Canyon Country Hike & Hoedown

Posted on Monday, September 16th 2013

Attendees will enjoy a day of fun and adventure in Silverado Canyon with a portion of the proceeds going to support the emergency shelter, transitional living center, counseling and community outreach programs that Laura’s House provides to the Orange County community

LADERA RANCH, Calif., Sept. 16, 2013 – To commemorate Domestic Violence Awareness Month taking place during October 2013, Uncharted Journeys is teaming up with Laura’s House, a non-profit 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, to host the 2nd Annual Canyon Country Hike & Hoedown on Saturday, October 26 at Lakeview Park, overlooking the beautiful Irvine Lake recreation area.

“The Canyon Country Hike & Hoedown is a fun-filled event designed for the entire family, and we are pleased to partner with Laura’s House again this year to build awareness for how domestic violence impacts our community,” said Marilyn McGowan, Chief Exploration Officer, Uncharted Journeys. “Due to the success of last year’s event, we’ve received a tremendous response from members of the community who want to be involved this year. We are grateful to James Event ProductionsSilver Moon Photography, Clif Bar and Tea of a Kind, as well as to the many vendors and sponsors who will be participating this year.”

The 2nd Annual Canyon Country Hike & Hoedown will provide attendees with an opportunity to discover the natural beauty of Orange County during an adventurous morning hike through the backcountry trails of Silverado Canyon, led by Mike Boeck, Irvine Ranch Conservancy docent, along with honorary hike leaders Karin Klein, author of “50 Hikes in Orange County” and Thea Gavin, poet and barefoot hiker. Hikers will then enjoy a relaxing afternoon featuring a delicious all-you-can-eat Mexican buffet luncheon offered by Tacos & Co., wine tastings from local vintners including Giracci Vineyards and Farms and Cowboy Canyon Wines, and live country music courtesy of The Freightshakers.

During the afternoon festivities, hikers will also have an opportunity to learn more about Laura’s House during a short presentation by Laura’s House CEO and Executive Director, Margaret Bayston, and Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens, who will share how in partnership with Laura’s House, Orange County Deputy Sheriffs and local police officers are being armed with the resources and information they need to improve the outcomes of domestic violence 9-1-1 calls. Karin Klein will also be selling and signing copies of her book, “50 Hikes in Orange County,” with a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the books to be donated directly to Laura’s House.

“I would like to thank Marilyn McGowan and her team of volunteers for their commitment and dedication to making the 2nd Annual Canyon Country Hike & Hoedown a success,” said Bayston. “By collaborating with local businesses like Uncharted Journeys, we are working to build greater awareness for how domestic violence impacts our community, while raising much-needed funds that help sustain our counseling, emergency shelter, legal advocacy and community outreach  programs.”

Featured vendors for the Canyon Country Hike & Hoedown for Laura’s House include Damsel in Defense, which offers self defense products to empower women; Moxxie Essential Care, maker of an artisan line of exceptional handcrafted, plant-based bath & body products that promote healthy skin while nourishing the mind, body and spirit; Trabuco Canyon Barrel Works, distinctive wine barrel creations; A Perfect Complement, showcasing unique jewelry; and, Wiki Wiki Shave Ice.

Registration for the event opens at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 26. The 2nd Annual Canyon Country Hike & Hoedown will begin with a warm-up line dance led by celebrity dance coach, Eric Romero, with the hikes starting at 10:00 a.m., followed by the Hoedown at 11:30 a.m. The event will feature two different hikes, a 3-mile easy to moderate hike for all ages, and a 5-mile moderate to strenuous hike for experienced hikers.

For more information on the 2nd Annual Canyon Country Hike & Hoedown, visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CanyonCountryHikeAndHoedown. Registration for the event is available online at Active.com, and will close on Thursday, October 24.

About Uncharted Journeys

Uncharted Journeys is a unique adventure company offering innovative, inspirational, life-changing travel experiences for women of all ages who are seeking to discover themselves and the world around them. For more information, visit www.unchartedjourneys.com.

About Laura’s House

For nearly two decades, 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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Laura’s House Addresses Teen Dating Abuse Among Middle School Students

Posted on Wednesday, August 28th 2013

Healthy Emotions and Attitudes in Relationships for Teens (H.E.A.R.T.) program expands focus to include tweens

LADERA RANCH, Calif., August 28, 2013 – During the 2012-2013 school year, Laura’s House, a non-profit organization whose mission is to change the social beliefs, attitudes and behaviors that perpetuate domestic violence while creating a safe place in which to empower individuals and families affected by abuse, expanded its Healthy Emotions and Attitudes in Relationships for Teens (H.E.A.R.T.) program to include emphasis on middle school students. This expansion comes in response to growing awareness of how dating abuse affects tweens.

National Study Points to Rise in Tween Dating Violence

According to a recent study, “Prevention in Middle School Matters: A Summary of Findings on Teen Dating Violence Behaviors and Associated Rick Factors Among 7th Grade Students” by RTI International (RTI) on behalf of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Blue Shield of California Foundation, dating abuse is becoming more prevalent in middle schools. Some of the key findings from the report include 75% of those surveyed reported having had a boyfriend or girlfriend. Furthermore, within the six months preceding the study, more than 1 in 3 students surveyed reported being a victim of psychological dating abuse; nearly 1 in 6 reported being a victim of physical dating abuse; and, nearly 1 in 3, reported being a victim of electronic dating aggression.

“Sadly, we are finding that middle schools have become ripe for dating abuse,” said Marissa Presley, Bilingual Prevention and Education Specialist for Laura’s House. “At a time when young adults should be enjoying the waning years of their childhood and preparing for high school, a growing number of them are entering the world of dating, and facing the realities of dating abuse. As such, it has become crucial that we reach middle school students through our H.E.A.R.T. program and ensure that they become educated on healthy relationships and tactics for preventing teen dating abuse, as early in life as possible.”

In the last year, Laura’s House has reached 160 7th and 8th graders in workshops held at Venado and Lakeside Middle Schools in Irvine, Bernice Aires and Marco Forrester Middle Schools in San Juan Capistrano, and Yorba and Rancho Middle Schools in Orange.

Young Woman Moves Beyond Dating Abuse to Become Advocate

Laura’s House is grateful to have the help of tweens and teens who have experienced dating abuse, in speaking out against dating abuse as part of its prevention and education efforts.

One such example is Kayla, who is now in high school and experienced dating abuse while she was in middle school, when a relationship she was having with a classmate escalated to rape. She reported it to the school and local authorities, but due to rumors that the boy spread about her at school, she is now being homeschooled. As a result of her experiences with dating violence, Kayla was compelled to become and advocate for teen dating abuse prevention. When asked about her experiences, she said “My family and true friends supported me through the entire process, and because of what they have done for me, today I am able to look in the mirror and instead of seeing shame and humility, I see a strong woman and a survivor.”

The Role of Parents in Preventing Dating Abuse

Parents can help prepare their children to develop strong and healthy relationships by keeping the lines of communication open, and being vigilant of their children’s usage of electronic devices and online social media tools in their interactions with others.

“Parents need to be aware of how their children are communicating with their friends and boyfriends or girlfriends,” continued Presley. “Often, parents will ask me how their children are dating when they are being dropped off and picked up immediately after school, and the answer is in the hallways, under the bleachers and on social media. For tweens especially, it is critical that parents check their child’s texts, incoming and outgoing, and monitor the frequency of text and phone calls from their cell phone; review photos stored on their cell phones; and, look at social media posts on a daily basis.”

In addition to being aware of their child’s online activities, there are other signs that a child may be experiencing dating abuse. “Parents should look for unexplained physical marks including cuts and bruises; changes in behavior or personality, including sadness, moodiness, anxiety or depression; loss of interest in activities or friends; difficulty sleeping and/or a loss of appetite; a sudden drop in grades; and, even running away,” said Presley.

New Website Helps in the Education and Prevention of Teen Dating Abuse

Recently, Laura’s House launched a new Website with funding from a Verizon Wireless HopeLine® grant, that provides the H.E.A.R.T. program with a robust online presence. The colorful and dynamic Website, which can be viewed at www.laurashouse.org/lhteen, offers a number of interactive features designed to reach today’s tech-savvy tween and teen populations.

These features include digital postcards that address dating abuse and provide tips and encouragement to tweens and teens that find themselves in an abusive relationship; online pledge cards that enable teens to take a “virtual” stand against dating abuse; a quiz feature that lets tweens and teens assess whether they are being abused by their dating partner, or if they are the abuser; music, news and current events; podcasts, and other informative resources that can help tweens and teens become educated about dating abuse.

More information on the programs and services offered by Laura’s House, including the H.E.A.R.T. program, is also available at www.laurashouse.org.

About Laura’s House

For nearly two decades, 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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Laura’s House Nets $20,000 from 1st Annual HOPE Golf Tournament

Posted on Tuesday, August 27th 2013

To help build brighter futures for individuals and families affected by domestic violence, 85 golfers took to the greens at Marbella Country Club in San Juan Capistrano on Monday, August 12

Ladera Ranch, Calif., August 27, 2013Laura’s House, a nonprofit 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 netted $20,000 during the 1st Annual The HOPE Tournament: Building Brighter Futures for Families Affected by Domestic Violence. The charity golf tournament took place on Monday, August 12, 2013 at Marbella Country Club in San Juan Capistrano, with 85 golfers participating.

“We would like to express our heart-felt thanks to South County Collision, and our event committee, for all of their hard work in making The HOPE Tournament such a huge success,” said Margaret Bayston, CEO and Executive Director, Laura’s House. “This golf tournament is a shining example of the ways in which the community is continually coming together, through events and other endeavors, to support our organization in fulfilling its mission to ‘end the silence’ of domestic violence.”

The HOPE Tournament began with registration, a putting contest and box lunch, followed by a Shotgun Start. Contests included a four-player scramble, along with “Longest Drive,” “Closest to Pin” and “Hole-in-One” contests. The event culminated with an awards reception featuring wine and spirits, hors d’oeuvres, as well as music.

Participants in The HOPE Tournament and their guests also participated in opportunity drawings and a silent auction featuring a Vizio flat screen TV; gift certificates to local restaurants including Harlow’s, Zinc Café and Javier’s Cantina; an auto detailing package from South County Collision; two Scotty Cameron Putters; and gift certificates to local golf courses including Marbella Country Club and the Coto de Caza Golf & Racquet Club.

Event committee members for the 1st annual charity golf tournament included Matt West, 1st Enterprise Bank; Mike Zalke, Sierra Sales; Danny Ruffo of South County Collision; Patrick Lustig, Owner, South County Lexus; Teresa Kelly and Dawn McKahan, Creative Package McKahan, Inc.; John Medler, Christine Moore and Tina Lowry.

Sponsors for The HOPE Tournament were South County Collision at the Silver Level ($5,000); and, 1st Enterprise Bank, Alliance Resource Group, AutoTrader, Danny’s Detail, FinishMaster, and South County Lubricants at the Platinum Level ($1,200). Tee and Green Sponsors were The Timpe Group at Morgan Stanley; The Rand Group at Morgan Stanley; Active Capital Management; Audi Mission Viejo; BonTerra Consulting; Canterbury Consulting; KwikKopy; Lutzky Associates Development, LP; and, PPG Paints, Friedmann & Friedmann Insurance Services, Inc. sponsored the insurance underwriting for the event.

All proceeds from The HOPE Tournament will be used to support the 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.

About Laura’s House

For nearly two decades, Laura’s House has provided residential shelter and support services to more than 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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Team Up Against Domestic Violence!

Posted on Wednesday, August 21st 2013

Join us for the 2nd Annual Canyon Country Hike & Hoedown on Saturday, October 26, 2013 for a day of fun and adventure, and help stop domestic violence!

Proceeds from this event will benefit Laura’s House, which provides emergency shelter, support, education and counseling services to victims of domestic violence throughout Orange County.

Discover the natural beauty of Orange County as you hike the backcountry trails of Silverado Canyon surrounding beautiful Irvine Lake.  Then kick back and relax, taste wine from OC’s finest wineries, boogie to live Country Western music and enjoy the delicious food and cold beverages.

NEW THIS YEAR – TEAM UP!

There’s strength in numbers!  Become a team captain – round up your employees, your associates, your friends and start a team – or join an existing team!

IT’S EASY TO REGISTER!  HERE’S HOW:

  1. Just follow this link: http://www.active.com/adventure/silverado-ca/canyon-country-hike-and-hoedown-for-lauras-house-2013 OR go to: www.active.com and search for Canyon Country Hike & Hoedown.
  2. Once you’re on the Canyon Country Hike & Hoedown for Laura’s House page, scroll down to read the details and then click on the Register Now button.
  3. Select: Adults (18+) [Team] and click on Continue.
  4. Sign In and Continue.
  5. Next – “Who are you registering for this event’? Select Participant and fill in all required personal information.
  6. Choose your T-Shirt size.
  7. In the Team Information section, select if you want to Join or Create a Team.
  8. If you are the Team Captain, click Create a Team, enter the name and description of the team and follow the instructions to complete the remainder of the registration form.
  9. If you are joining a team, click on Join a Team, select your team from the list and continue on with the remainder of the registration form.
  10. Then…Invite everyone to join your team and come on out and enjoy the fun!

Events

Laura’s House Annual Gala to “Step into the Roaring 20s”

Posted on Monday, August 5th 2013

More than 300 guests, dressed in their finest “Jazz Age” attire are expected to attend the annual event on Saturday, September 14 at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa

Ladera Ranch, Calif., Aug. 5, 2013 – On Saturday, September 14, 2013, more than 300 guests will “Step into the Roaring 20s” for the 2013 Annual Gala benefiting Laura’s House. The event will be held at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa, and all proceeds will be used to fund the programs and services that Laura’s House provides to individuals and families affected by domestic violence, including the Emergency Shelter, Transitional Living, Counseling & Resource Center, Legal Advocacy, and the 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.

“Laura’s House is continuing to see great demand for the services we provide, and in 2012 we experienced a 21% increase in the number of calls received through our 24-hour Crisis Hotline,” said Margaret Bayston, CEO and Executive Director, Laura’s House. “Without the support we receive from the local community, we would not be able to meet the growing need for domestic violence counseling and shelter services. We are especially grateful for the generosity of those who attend and support special events, such as our Annual Gala. In 2012, we raised $150,000, and hope to exceed that amount this year.”

The presenting sponsor for “Step into the Roaring 20s” is Western National Group, one of California’s largest multifamily housing owners. “Laura’s House holds a very special place in my heart, as I’ve had the priviledge of serving as the chair of its board of directors, and as chair of its recently completed Cornerstone Capital Campaign,” said Laura Khouri, President, Western National Property Management. “Western National Group is committed to Laura’s House, and we consider our contributions toward the oranization to be an important part of our community outreach and giving programs. In addition to our financial support, many of our employees serve as volunteers for Laura’s House, and have become advocates, helping Laura’s House to fulfill its mission to serve individuals and families affected by domestic violence.”

During “Step into the Roaring 20s,” Laura’s House will be presenting Wells Fargo Corp. with its Crystal Heart Award in recognition for its commitment to supporting Laura’s House in fulfilling its mission 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. Wells Fargo has supported Laura’s House through its corporate giving programs, and also by providing volunteers as part of its community outreach and service initiatives.

“Step into the Roaring 20s” will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a cocktail reception and silent auction featuring 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. After dinner, guests will have the opportunity to participate in a live auction featuring box seating for the Bon Jovi concert at Honda Center on October 9, 2013, a Tiffany Jazz™ pendant with diamonds in platinum, a beautiful Corum watch, and much more, followed by dancing and musical entertainment from the Sensation Showband.

Chair for “Music of the Night” is Wayne Pinnell, who also chairs the Laura’s House Board of Directors, and is Managing Partner for the accounting firm, Haskell & White. Event committee members are Laura’s House board members Sandy Jacobson, Linda Grace Kearns, Linda Lewis, Kurt Ross and Casey Wolin, and community volunteers Ingrid Bobbitt and Donna Cippola.

Individual tickets for “Step into the Roaring 20s” 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

For nearly two decades, Laura’s House has provided residential shelter and support services to more than 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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