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Human Options fundraiser brings in more than $220,000

The nonprofit organization, which works to help end domestic violence, celebrated its 30th anniversary.

By Kylie MalstromPublished: October 31, 2011 07:15 AM

Human Options recently celebrated its 30th anniversary with its annual fall fundraising luncheon, which was held at the Balboa Bay Club. The event raised more than $220,000 to support the nonprofit organization, which helps battered women, their families and the community break the cycle of domestic violence.

Actor Victor Rivas Rivers – the New York Times best-selling author of “A Private Family Matter” and spokesperson for Verizon Wireless’ National Network to End Domestic Violence – shared what it was like to grow up in an abusive home.

Vivian Clecak, Human Options co-founder and CEO, said, “We are so grateful for everyone’s support on our 30th year of service to the community. This year’s fundraising is extremely critical, as the need for services increases and government funding is steadily decreasing.”

Clecak and Kate Duchene, Human Options board chair, welcomed the attendees. Churm Media CEO and Men’s Task Force Chair Steve Churm introduced the keynote speaker and talked about the need to raise awareness about domestic violence.

Nicole (surname withheld), a recent program graduate, shared what she went through when she and her young children fled her abusive husband. She left the program with new skills, resources and hope for a new life.

Jennifer and Louis Bojorquez, along with Julie Demlow Sofferman and Jeff Sofferman, co-chaired the event.

Used cell phones brought by attendees were collected at the event as part of Verizon’s recycling program, which serves victims of domestic violence.

Laura Benz won the fundraiser’s opportunity drawing, featuring a $750 shopping spree and one year of valet parking. Ellen Shockro won a one-night stay for two at The Grand Del Mar.

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