LADERA RANCH, CA, June 08, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- More than 130 supporters attended Friday's third annual "Wine & Dine" benefit hosted by Laura's House, a leading nonprofit dedicated to providing domestic violence education, prevention, shelter and counseling services to empower individuals and families affected by abuse.
The May 30 event, which was held at Big Canyon Country Club in Newport Beach, presented guests an opportunity to learn more about Laura's House and the services it provides to survivors of domestic violence. Attendees also heard from a Laura's House shelter graduate who gave a moving firsthand account of her experience enduring years of violence and her reliance on Laura's House in escaping the cycle of abuse.
"All our events encourage donors, advocates and community members to come together in support of our vital work, which is far from done," said Margaret Bayston, CEO and Executive Director, Laura's House. "As Laura's House celebrates two decades in the crusade against domestic violence, the organization remains focused on its next twenty years and our ongoing mission to touch the lives of those tragically impacted by the domestic violence cycle."
Proceeds from the "Wine & Dine" event will support programs and services Laura's House provides to families affected by domestic violence throughout Orange County and beyond. The organization's primary annual fundraising effort will take place later this year when it hosts an anniversary gala on Oct. 4 at Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach.
"The many events Laura's House sponsors throughout the year are certainly powerful, and we couldn't be more grateful for the generous support we continue to receive," said Wayne Pinnell, board chair for Laura's House. "Beyond these meaningful occasions, the critical work conducted by this inspiring organization happens every day of the year."
In honor of its 20th anniversary, Laura's House will also host an inspiring anniversary open house on June 12 at its Ladera Ranch offices. For more information, visit http://www.laurashouse.org or call (949) 361-3775.
Supporters in attendance at Friday's benefit included: Margaret R. and Richard Bayston of Newport Beach, Laverne Friedmann of Irvine, Linda and Chad Kearns of Silverado Canyon, Jill and Frank Murray of San Juan Capistrano, Yvette and Nathan Peo of Dana Point, Donna and Dick Pickup of Newport Beach, Jim and Janet Gianulias of Newport Beach, Wayne and Karen Pinnell of Laguna Hills, Helen and Conrad Timpe of Newport Beach, Casey and Tim Wolin of Tustin, Brenda and Mike Zalke of San Clemente, and Patrick Bucklen of Irvine.
With more than 60 wines to taste throughout the evening, guests enjoyed a selection of gourmet menu items, from imported and domestic cheeses, to salads and a pasta station. The annual event also featured live entertainment, a blind tasting contest hosted by Dr. Frank Murray, a silent auction featuring wine tastings, wine tours and experiences and a unique wine wall with more than 100 bottles of premium wine.
Wine pouring stations included: Cowboy Canyon Winery, Levendi Winery, Giracci Vineyards & Farms, Vino Paraiso, Southern Wine & Spirits and Frank Murray's California Selections. Event sponsors included: Patrick Bucklen, The Clemo Family, The Busch Foundation, Donna and Dick Pickup, Richard Rodrigues, Nancy Hauschild, Linda and Tim Zeller.
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.
In 2014, Laura's House celebrates its 20th anniversary serving those whose lives have been affected by domestic violence. For the past two decades, Laura's House has provided shelter and support services to more than 4,000 battered women and children and counseling, life skills education and legal assistance to over 45,000 people. Connect with Laura's House on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
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