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London Calling: Laura's House Gala Raises More Than $650,000 for Vital Domestic Violence Services

Posted on September 27, 2016

'British Invasion' gala unites community leaders, honors dedicated supporters

LADERA RANCH, Calif., Sept. 27, 2016 - Saturday marked a “brilliant” evening of celebration and solidarity under the proud gaze of the Union Jack as more than 300 guests gathered at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach for the 22nd annual Laura"s House gala. British fashion, style and music, complete with a Mick Jagger impersonator, filled the venue in support of the domestic violence nonprofit as its 'British Invasion' themed gala raised more than $650,000 for domestic violence victims with emergency shelter, community programs, legal advocacy services and more.

“Laura's House is tremendously proud to have served more than 50,000 victims of domestic violence and their families over the past 22 years,” said Margaret Bayston, Laura's House CEO and executive director. “By continuing to share our message, provide a lifeline to families and with the continued support of our incredible community of backers, we will one day live in a world where domestic violence does not exist.”

One of the evening's most powerful moments was Karen Stine's personal story of survival. Marrying the man of her dreams at 18, Stine endured manipulation, violence and abuse for eight years - until a violent episode led her to find strength. With the help of co-workers, Stine left her husband and rebuilt a life free of his control. She now works as a grants and contract administrator for Laura's House, and continually encourages others to live violence-free lives. She recently celebrated 18 years of service with the nonprofit.

During the program, two Laura's House supporters were recognized for their contributions to the nonprofit. This year's Corporate Crystal Heart Award was accepted by Urban Decay Cosmetics Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer Wende Zomnir. The prestige cosmetics brand headquartered in Newport Beach is a dedicated Laura's House partner. In 2015, Urban Decay Cosmetics donated $50,000 to the nonprofit as a part of its Ultraviolet Edge initiative to empower women and to encourage them to be unique. Zomnir declared another significant contribution to Laura's House in 2016.

Pam Jacobson, founder The Healing Sanctuary, was honored with the 2016 Crystal Heart Award for her company's unwavering support and service to Laura's House. The Healing Sanctuary focuses on the rejuvenation of the body, mind and spirit and provides a multitude of pro bono services to Laura's House staff, including yoga, stress management and self-care education. These valuable services are then taught by Laura's House staff to domestic violence victims so they can find hope and healing as they rebuild violence-free lives.

“This annual event is so important each year, and helps Laura's House sustain its life-changing programs for families affected by abuse,” said Laura's House Board President Laura Khouri. “Unfortunately, the statistics are staggering, and nearly 12 million women and men annually continue to be victims, but together, we can stand against domestic violence.”

Before the inspiring program, guests celebrated with British cocktails, classic rock 'n' roll tunes and a silent auction display filled with luxury experiences and items. A poignant video highlighting the tireless work of Laura's House volunteers, who contribute 16,000 hours annually, kicked off the evening's activities.

Following another successful gala, Laura's House will continue its important work - as a lifeline to domestic violence victims - throughout October to commemorate domestic violence awareness month. Advocates are encouraged to get involved in a host of initiatives and fundraisers by visiting

Presenting sponsors for the 2016 gala are Laura Khouri and Michael K. Hayde. Double Platinum sponsors include Argyros Family Foundation, The Jacqueline Glass Family, The Joe MacPherson Family, Nancy and Geoffrey L. Stack Family Foundation, Urban Decay and Verizon. Platinum Album sponsors are The David Ball Family, Laura & Mark Feld, Neudesic, Pacific Hospitality Group, Park Newport Apartments, Dick and Donna Pickup, The Thompson Foundation and Haskell & White LLP.

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.

Over the past 22 years, Laura's House has provided shelter and support services to nearly 5,000 abused men, women and children and 24-hour crisis intervention, counseling, life skills education, and legal assistance to nearly 52,000 people. Connect with Laura's House on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

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Adam Dodge Has Been Selected for the Partnership's Bravery Award

Posted on September 12, 2016

California Partnership to End Domestic Violence


Adam Dodge, Legal Director at Laura’s House in Ladera Ranch, was recently honored with the Bravery Award by the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence. The Bravery Award celebrates someone who has taken significant risks, used exceptional creativity, and/or embraced nontraditional strategies to end domestic violence.

Adam created and developed the Courthouse Advocacy Project, which strives to ensure that Orange County domestic violence survivors are prepared for and not alone at their restraining order hearings. Prior to the Project's inception, the Laura's House legal department served approximately 430 women; men and children seeking restraining order protection. That project has blossomed over the past 2 years to serve over 1,600 individuals annually and boasts a staff of 4 legal advocates; 5+ legal interns and 5+ legal volunteers. Adam's impact on our agency is highlighted by his commitment to innovating new projects and programs to serve domestic violence survivors in Orange County and is unafraid to implement unconventional or non-traditional means to get this done.




Casino, Cocktails & Comedy

Posted on August 16, 2016


Purchase your tickets for this year's Casino, Cocktails & Comedy event! The event is scheduled for Saturday, September 24 from 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m at the Flintridge Village Clubhouse in Ladera Ranch. Proceeds from ticket sales go to local Friends of Ladera Ranch Library, Laura's House and Ladera Ranch Relay for Life. Enjoy casino games, a comedy show and cocktails with your neighbors while supporting local charity partners. For more details and to purchase tickets, visit




Special Thanks to Capistrano Toyota's Generous Donation

Posted on August 3, 2016

Capistrano Toyota's Donated Car with Roger Hogan Jr., Margaret R. Bayston and Andrea McCallister

A HUGE thanks to Capistrano Toyota, Roger Hogan Jr. and the entire team for their generous donation of a new Sienna Mini-van to assist us in our transportation needs! This van will allow us to transport many clients escaping the devastating effects of domestic violence, safely. We are so thankful for our wonderful corporate partners in the community that support the vital services and programs we are providing.

Oh, Baby! Capistrano Toyota - Where great deals are born everyday!




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