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TILLY’S LIFE CENTER AND LAURA’S HOUSE SELLS OUT THEIR FIRST ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF THE HEARTS EVENT

Posted on February 28, 2018

More than 300 teens interacted and learned about creating healthy and positive relationships during the inaugural event 

February 28, 2018 (Mission Viejo, Calif.) –Tilly’s Life Center (TLC) and Ladera Ranch-based Laura’s House sold out for the first annual Festival of the Hearts event to educate Orange County teens on creating and cultivating healthy, positive relationships. The one-day festival that took place on Saturday February 24 at Saddleback Community College in Mission Viejo, Calif., hosted more than 300 teens parents and teachers with live entertainment, food, workshops and interactive activities like yoga, art therapy, and self-defense.

“At Tilly’s Life Center we are committed to empowering teens with the tools needed to take responsibility of their own lives, relationships and future. I believe programs and events like ours will help enrich the lives of all teens across the board,” said Monica Utley, TLC’s Executive Director. “Given the success of this year’s event, we are looking forward to a second annual event.” ​

“With the rise of teen dating abuse and violence, it is vital now more than ever that we educate young people about healthy relationships,” said Margaret Bayston, executive director at Laura’s House. “We are motivated to do more events like this seeing the turnout of our inaugural festival, which shows that the community cares and finds value in educating teens about this important topic.”  

Spoken word artist Phil Kaye, who has delivered inspirational speeches and Ted Talks, opened up the first annual Festival of the Hearts

Spoken word artist Phil Kaye, who has delivered inspirational speeches and Ted Talks, opened up the first annual Festival of the Hearts

Throughout the day, teens were given the opportunity to participate in breakout sessions on topics including positive affirmations, leadership, safe dating, cyber safety, social media and bullying, and media literacy

Throughout the day, teens were given the opportunity to participate in breakout sessions on topics including positive affirmations, leadership, safe dating, cyber safety, social media and bullying, and media literacy

Festival of the Hearts attendees grab lunch provided by El Pollo Loco

Festival of the Hearts attendees grab lunch provided by El Pollo Loco

Prior to a performance by Latina hip hop band Bella Dose, their personal announcer got participants to dance on stage and gave away a cash prize

Prior to a performance by Latina hip hop band Bella Dose, their personal announcer got participants to dance on stage and gave away a cash prize

Endnote speaker, Ralph Rocha, who has overcome abusive relationships, gang violence, learning disabilities and time spent in juvenile hall, shared his inspiring story on how he was able to overcome life’s challenges

Endnote speaker, Ralph Rocha, who has overcome abusive relationships, gang violence, learning disabilities and time spent in juvenile hall, shared his inspiring story on how he was able to overcome life’s challenges

The teams from Tilly’s Life Center and Laura’s House

The teams from Tilly’s Life Center and Laura’s House

Tilly’s Life Center and Laura’s House would like to extend a warm thank you to all of its supporters, donors, participants and volunteers who helped make this a successful event. 

Follow: @tillyslifecenter on Instagram, Facebook , LinkedIn and follow @TillysLC on Twitter.

Follow Laura’s House and its H.E.A.R.T. program on Instagram at @laurashouseoc and @laurashouseheart.

About TLC:

TLC aims to empower teens to overcome their own adversity and crises through positive thinking. Through tested methodologies from globally-respected thought leaders, TLC teaches effective life tools that equip teens with the confidence and self-esteem they need to take responsibility for themselves – ultimately giving them the power to make positive changes in their own lives. To find out more, please visit www.tillyslifecenter.org.

About Laura’s House:

Laura’s House is a nonprofit organization established in 1994 to provide domestic violence-related services.  We serve as the only state-approved comprehensive domestic violence agency in south Orange County, Calif., serving communities throughout Orange County and the surrounding regions of southern California.  Over the past 24 years, Laura’s House has provided shelter with support services to more than 5,000 abused men, women and their children and non-residential direct services including 24-hour crisis intervention, counseling, life skills education and legal advocacy to over 55,000 persons.   Our mission statement is as follows: Changing 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.  Our services include an Emergency Shelter, Counseling and Resource Center, Children’s Therapeutic Programs, Transitional Living Center, Legal Advocacy, and Community Prevention/Education and Outreach.  In 2017, we provided direct services to 3,821 persons and prevention/education and community outreach activities to 24,733 persons. To find out more please visit www.laurashouse.org and www.laurashouse.org/lhteen

 

Press Contacts:

Debs Choi, Tilly’s Life Center
714.310.9651
deborah@masterplancommunications.com

Heather Wong, Laura’s House
714-426-0444
heather@hkamarcom.com

 

 

 

KOST-FM interview with Molly Delbridge

Posted on February 7, 2018

Prevention and Education Specialist, Molly Delbridge featured on KOST-FM in an interview about H.E.A.R.T. and Festival of the Hearts, Feb 24, 2018

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Tilly’s Life Center and Laura’s House Proudly Announce the First Annual Festival of the Hearts

Posted on January 26, 2018

First Annual Festival of the Hearts

The one-day festival designed by teens for teens offers workshops, interactive activities, food and live entertainment centered around creating healthy and positive relationships

January 24, 2018 (Irvine and Ladera Ranch, Calif.) – Today, Tilly’s Life Center (TLC) and Laura’s House are proud to announce their first annual Festival of the Hearts event taking place at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, Calif., on Saturday, February 24, 2018, from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Organized by teens, the conference is geared toward both teens and parents and will focus on healthy relationships, cyber safety, positive thinking and affirmations, safe dating, social media and bullying, media literacy, substance abuse and warning signs. The event will also feature social activities such as therapeutic group yoga, art therapy and self-defense. In addition, the event will include lunch sponsored by El Pollo Loco and feature live entertainment by: The Breeze, Bella Dose, DJ Episode, spoken word artist Phil Kaye and Hanna Eyre from NBC’s “The Voice”. There will also be a themed photo booth donated by FoxTales.

Monica Utley, executive director at TLC states, “In honor of Teen Dating Violence Awareness month, we’re excited to work alongside Laura’s House in hosting this inaugural event catered to educating individuals on happiness, health & wellness while providing fun activities.” 

“One in three adolescents are in abusive relationships. Together with TLC, we want to empower and educate youth to recognize dating violence and know what to do if they see warning signs,” said Margaret Bayston, executive director at Laura’s House. “This event is just one of the many ways we are reaching teens as part of our Healthy Emotions and Attitudes in Relationships Today (H.E.A.R.T) program.”

Event Schedule:

8:00 a.m. – Breakfast & registration with music by DJ Episode

9:00 a.m. – Introductions and keynote by TLC and Laura’s House with performance by Phil Kaye

10:00 a.m. – Breakout sessions on positive affirmations, safe dating, cyber safety, and teen panel

11:00 a.m. – Social activities, including yoga, art therapy and self-defense

12:00 p.m. – Lunch and live music provided by The Breeze and Hanna Eyre; information booths

1:30 p.m. – Breakout sessions on social media and bullying, media literacy, substance abuse and warning signs of abuse

2:30 p.m. – Endnote speech by domestic violence survivor Ralph Rocha

3:00 p.m. – Live music by Bella Dose

This one-day event is open to the public. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased by visiting https://www.laurashouse.org/events.

TLC and Laura’s House would like to thank our sponsors El Pollo Loco and Foxtales for donating food and photo opportunities for attendees, and Saddleback College for the venue space.

Follow: @tillyslifecenter on Instagram, Facebook , LinkedIn and follow @TillysLC on Twitter.

Follow Laura’s House H.E.A.R.T. program on Instagram at @laurashouseheart

About TLC:

TLC aims to empower teens to overcome their own adversity and crises through positive thinking. Through tested methodologies from globally-respected thought leaders, TLC teaches effective life tools that equip teens with the confidence and self-esteem they need to take responsibility for themselves – ultimately giving them the power to make positive changes in their own lives. To find out more, please visit www.tillyslifecenter.org.

About Laura’s House:

Laura’s House is a nonprofit organization established in 1994 to provide domestic violence-related services.  We serve as the only state-approved comprehensive domestic violence agency in south Orange County, Calif., serving communities throughout Orange County and the surrounding regions of southern California.  Over the past 24 years, Laura’s House has provided shelter with support services to more than 5,000 abused men, women and their children and non-residential direct services including 24-hour crisis intervention, counseling, life skills education and legal advocacy to over 55,000 persons.   Our mission statement is as follows: Changing 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.  Our services include an Emergency Shelter, Counseling and Resource Center, Children’s Therapeutic Programs, Transitional Living Center, Legal Advocacy, and Community Prevention/Education and Outreach.  In 2017, we provided direct services to 3,821 persons and prevention/education and community outreach activities to 24,733 persons. To find out more please visit www.laurashouse.org and www.laurashouse.org/lhteen

Press Contacts:

Debs Choi, Tilly’s Life Center
714.310.9651
deborah@masterplancommunications.com

Heather Wong, Laura’s House
714-426-0444
heather@hkamarcom.com

 

 

 

The Stevie Awards winners for Women in Business

Posted on November 21, 2017

Great news! The Stevie Awards winners for Women in Business were announced this morning and Margaret is a Silver Stevie Winner, Female Executive of the Year in the Non-Profit category (11-2,500 employees). Congratulations, Margaret!

A complete list of honorees in all categories has been published on the awards website at https://stevieawards.com/women/2017-stevie-award-winners. There you will also find photographs of Friday's awards presentation. Video clips of interviews with winners, and of the awards presentations, will be available this week.

Women Around the World Recognized at Event in New York City

The Stevie Awards for Women in Business are the world’s top honors for female entrepreneurs, executives, employees and the organizations they run. All individuals and organizations worldwide are eligible to submit nominations – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small. The 2017 awards received entries from 25 nations and territories.

Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word for “crowned,” the awards were presented to winners last night during a dinner event attended by more than 500 people at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. The event was broadcast via Livestream.

More than 1,500 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in more than 90 categories, including Entrepreneur of the Year, Executive of the Year, Company of the Year, Startup of the Year, Women Helping Women, and Women Run Workplace of the Year, among others. Margaret won a SILVER STEVIE in the FEMALE EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR category for NON-PROFIT, 11-2500 employees.

Stevie Award winners were selected by more than 170 executives worldwide who participated in the judging process.

“The judges were so impressed with the accomplishments of all of the Stevie Award-winning women and organizations. The 2017 Stevie Awards for Women in Business received a record number of nominations and had a record number of ceremony attendees,” said Michael Gallagher, founder and president of the Stevie Awards. “We congratulate all of this year’s Grand, Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award winners for their achievements.”

Details about the Stevie Awards for Women in Business and the list of Stevie Award winners are available at www.StevieAwards.com/Women.

About the Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in seven programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 10,000 entries each year from organizations in more than 60 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at http://www.StevieAwards.com

 

 

 

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