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Event nets more than $210K for domestic violence programs

Human Options’ fall event at the Balboa Bay Club raises funds to support women’s services

by Jason WheelerPublished: October 19, 2012 11:00 AM

Human Options hosted its annual fall fundraiser at the Balboa Bay Club this week, raising more than $210,000 from the event. All of the funds from the luncheon will go to the nonprofits' programs that provide emergency services and ongoing support for abused women, children and families.

Held during Domestic Violence Awareness month, the fundraiser held the theme “Respect is always within reach. Change your world inside and out.” Keynote speaker Courtney Macavinta, co-founder and president of the Respect Institute and author of Respect, led attendees through exercises in building self-respect, understanding and compassion.

During the event, Macavinta spoke about her childhood full of domestic violence, substance abuse, incarceration, poverty and racism. Macavinta now leads numerous youths, families and communities through programs, like Respect Rally, and her award-winning bestseller, Respect.

Kerri and Danny Sonenshine, business leaders and philanthropists, served as co-chairs of the event. “We are extremely proud of what we’ve all accomplished today by bringing a passionate group together to address the mostly silent issue of domestic violence, raise significant funds for this cause and build awareness and compassion on many levels.”

Verizon Wireless executive Ken Muche accepted Human Options’ acknowledgements for his company’s grant of $75,000 and corporate leadership for the recent Human Options 100 Men, 1 Voice, 1 Campaign.


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