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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Laura’s House Hosts 4th Annual “Back-to-School” Drive

Posted on Monday, July 22nd 2013

Backpacks, school supplies and gift cards can be dropped off at locations in Ladera Ranch, Lake Forest and Mission Viejo

LADERA RANCH, Calif., July 22, 2013Laura’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, today announced the launch of its 4th Annual Back-to-School Drive. This year, the organization will be collecting backpacks, school supplies and gift cards for families participating in its Emergency Shelter, Transitional Housing and domestic violence counseling programs.

“Families in transition due to domestic violence often find the back-to-school season to be very stressful,” said Margaret Bayston, CEO and Executive Director, Laura’s House. “Being able to return to school with new school supplies, backpacks and other items can help children who are building lives that are free of violence, gain much needed self-esteem. We are immensely grateful for the local community’s support each year in helping us to provide the children and families we serve with a fresh start for the academic year.”

The “Back-to-School” drive will take place August 1 through August 31, 2013. Laura’s House is accepting gift cards and other back-to-school essentials. For specific wish list items please visit our website, www.laurashouse.org. Donations can be dropped off at the following locations:

Ladera Ranch

Toy Town
25642 Crown Valley Parkway, #D6
Ladera Ranch, CA 92694

Hours: Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; and, Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Lake Forest

Laura’s House Resale Store
23635 El Toro Rd., Ste. F
Lake Forest, CA 92630

Donation Drop off hours: Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Store Hours: Monday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Sunday, Noon to 5:00 p.m.

Pump-it-Up
26242 Dimension Drive, #100
Lake Forest, CA 92630

Hours: Monday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Friday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Mission Viejo

YogaWorks

27001 La Paz Road #206
Mission Viejo, CA 92691

Hours: Monday through Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

“In addition to school supplies, we are also requesting gift cards to Target, Staples, Office Depot, CVS, Walmart and other local merchants, to empower our clients by allowing them to choose and purchase the items that their children will need most as they return to school this Fall,” continued Bayston.

More information on the back-to-school drive can be found at www.laurashouse.org/events or by calling (949) 361-3775.

About the Laura’s House Resale Store

Since 1995, Laura’s House has maintained a thrift store to support the funding of our programs and services. In 2009, the store moved from San Clemente to Lake Forest and opened a larger, more centrally located upscale, resale boutique. The Laura’s House Resale Store is open on Monday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; and, Sunday from Noon to 5:00 p.m.

The Laura’s House Resale Store accepts donations including gently used designer, formal, business and casual clothing and shoes for women, children and men, jewelry, paintings, collectibles and books. Donors should be aware that Laura’s House cannot accept items that are torn or stained, large furniture and appliances, mattresses, box springs and undergarments, and that city law prohibits leaving items at the rear or front of the store outside of normal business hours. All donations are tax deductible and a receipt will be provided upon drop-off. Donation drop-off hours are Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The Laura’s House Resale Store can be reached by phone at 949-472-8800.

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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Laura’s House to Benefit from the HOPE Tournament

Posted on Tuesday, July 16th 2013


Sponsored by South County Collision at Mission Viejo, the 1st Annual Charity Golf Tournament will take place on Monday, August 12 at Marbella Country Club in San Juan Capistrano

Ladera Ranch, Calif., July 16, 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 is pleased to be a beneficiary of The HOPE Tournament: Building Brighter Futures for Families Affected by Domestic Violence. The 1st annual charity golf tournament will be held on Monday, August 12, 2013 at Marbella Country Club in San Juan Capistrano.

“We are grateful to South County Collision for hosting The HOPE Tournament to benefit Laura’s House,” said Margaret Bayston, CEO and Executive Director, Laura’s House. “We are also grateful to the event committee for their steadfast support and commitment to making this first annual event a success.”

South County Collision and the nine-member event committee hope to raise as much as $10,000 for Laura’s House, and are expecting more than 72 players to participate in the The HOPE Tournament. Event committee members include 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.

The HOPE Tournament will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, August 12 with registration, a putting contest and box lunch. The Shotgun Start will take place at Noon and feature a four player scramble. Contests will include “Longest Drive,” “Closest to Pin” and “Hole-in-One.” The event will commence at 5:30 p.m. with an awards reception featuring wine and spirits, hors d’oeuvres, music, a silent auction and opportunity drawings.

Registration is open now for The HOPE Tournament at www.laurashouse.org/golf.php.  Individual golfers are $200 each, and foursomes are $800. The player’s package, which includes two mulligans, contests and two raffle tickets is available for an additional $20. Sponsorship packages ranging from $250 for a Tee or Green Sponsorship to $10,000 for a Gold Sponsorship, are available by calling Laura’s House at (949) 361-3775 or by visiting www.laurashouse.org/golf.php.

Sponsors for The HOPE Tournament include South County Collision at the Silver Level ($5,000); and, 1st Enterprise Bank, PPG Paints and South County Lubricants at the Platinum Level ($1,200). Tee and Green Sponsors are The Timpe Group at Morgan Stanley; The Rand Group at Morgan Stanley; Audi Mission Viejo; BonTerra Consulting; Canterbury Consulting; and, Active Captive Management. Friedmann & Friedmann Insurance Services, Inc. is sponsoring 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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Four Members of the Orange County Business Community Join the Laura’s House Board of Directors

Posted on Tuesday, July 2nd 2013

Executives from Allergan, Bank of America, Friedmann & Friedmann Insurance Services, and Hittelman Law Group commit to becoming advocates for Laura’s House and its efforts to “end the silence” of domestic violence

LADERA RANCH, Calif., July 2, 2013Laura’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, is pleased to announce the expansion of its board of directors to include four new members from the Orange County business community.

Joining the board are Linda Lewis, Allergan Practice Consulting Group for Allergan, Inc.; Eric Chamberlain, Associate General Counsel, Senior Vice President and lead lawyer for the Consumer Banking Services division of Bank of America; Laverne Friedmann, President, Friedmann & Friedmann Insurance Services, Inc.; and, Kerri Strunk, Partner with Hittelman Law Group and Adjunct Professor for the UCI School of Law.

“We are pleased to welcome Linda, Eric, Laverne and Kerri to our board of directors, and delighted that they have committed to helping Laura’s House fulfill its mission to end the silence of domestic violence here in Orange County,” said Margaret Bayston, CEO and Executive Director, Laura’s House. “In joining our board of directors, they are becoming part of an energetic and talented group of individuals, who each in their own right have proven to be steadfast in their efforts to build greater awareness of our organization within the broader business community.”

About the New Board Members

Linda Lewis is a management consultant with the Allergan Practice Consulting Group of Allergan, Inc., where she consults with dermatology and plastic surgery practices in the areas of cosmetic practice development, financial analysis, practice valuations, human resource issues, internal and external marketing, leadership training and team building, sales training, and compensation. Linda has more than 24 years of sales, marketing, and management experience, and joined Allergan in 1999, serving as vice president of strategic communications for Pacific Communications, Allergan’s internal advertising agency. Prior to joining Allergan, she held positions with a variety of health care companies, including The Annenberg Center for Health Sciences, Eisenhower Medical Center, and Baxter Healthcare. Linda received her Bachelor of Arts degree in communications, with a minor in public relations, from the University of Southern California.

 

Eric Chamberlain is Associate General Counsel & Senior Vice President of Bank of America.  In his role, Eric leads legal and regulatory support and serves as general counsel for the bank’s Consumer Banking Services division, which advises and serves more than 50 million customers and clients, and manages customer service contact centers, consumer product delivery and operations, and consumer and business lending, among other services.  Eric also serves as Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary of various entities involved in the sale and/or servicing of consumer and commercial insurance products.  Prior to joining Bank of America in 2006, Eric served as Senior Corporate Counsel for Esurance Inc., a nationwide provider of auto, home and other consumer insurance products. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.  He has been a speaker and has published articles on insurance and intellectual property issues, clerked for the Legal Aid Society of Orange County, and in his free time (which is limited now as Eric and his wife Kathy recently celebrated the birth of their first child, Ashlynne Grace!), Eric enjoys playing hockey, guitar and (attempting to play) golf.

 

Laverne Friedmann is President of Friedmann & Friedmann Insurance Services, Southern California’s leading privately held insurance firm. A fighter with tenacity, strength and stamina that belie her years, Laverne ascended from homemaker to trailblazer in a realm once dominated by men, taking positions at Allstate, Marsh & McLennan and elsewhere before founding Friedmann & Friedmann Insurance Services.  In 2012, Friedmann & Friedmann was nominated by the Orange County Business Journal as the best family-owned business.  Her clients, family and employees know her as an abiding presence with a firm, reassuring hand; quick-witted and quick to lend personal attention laced with wisdom won by three-plus decades in the insurance business. Laverne is a member of the Professional Insurance Agents, Insurance Brokers & Agents of the West, Women President’s Organization, and was voted Woman Of The Year in 2011 by the Orange County Association of Health Underwriters. She is also active in her industry, the local Newport Beach business community, and in her commitment to ending domestic violence through her passionate involvement with Laura’s House. When she’s at home, Laverne is playing Nintendo Wii® with her 10 grandkids, and she also wields a wicked air guitar.

 

Kerri Strunk is one of the founding partners of Hittelman Law Group, along with Steven G. Hittelman. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, summa cum laude, from Arizona State University, and earned her J.D. from University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law. After practicing one year in public interest as a special education attorney on behalf of parents and their special needs children, Kerri dedicated herself to the practice of family law. She has extensive experience in representing litigants with complex family law issues, and in 2010 became a Certified Family Law Specialist. She currently serves as an adjunct professor at the UCI School of Law, teaching in the Family Violence Clinic and working with certified law students as a supervising attorney, representing clients at domestic violence hearings. Kerri is a member of the Orange County Bar Association, a member of the Orange County Association of Certified Family Law Specialists, member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and actively takes part in Mommy Esquire within the Orange County Bar Association. In her spare time, she enjoys playing competitive league soccer, including competing in the 2009 World Masters Tournament in Sydney, Australia.

Comprised of 19 members of the Orange County Business Community, the 2013 Board of Directors is led by Wayne Pinnell, Managing Partner with Haskell & White, LLP.

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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