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Human Options' fall fundraiser garners $190,000

More than 460 attendees gathered at the event, held Oct. 21 at the Balboa Bay Club.

BY Amanda MolinaroPublished: October 27, 2010 02:19 PM

Nancy Dahan, event co-chairwoman; Leslie Morgan Steiner, keynote speaker; Scharrell Talley Jackson, event-co-chairwoman; and Vivian Clecak, Human Options executive director, gather at the fundraiser.
More than 460 attendees turned out for Irvine-based Human Options' annual fall fundraiser, raising $190,000 for domestic violence programs.

Held Oct. 21 at the Balboa Bay Club in Newport Beach, the event was themed From Love to Fear to Sanity, and featured "Crazy Love" author Leslie Morgan Steiner and Human Options community educator Robert Diaz, who shared his work to inform Orange County youth about early signs of abuse and healthy relationships.

All proceeds from the fundraiser support the nonprofit's mission to help battered women, their families and the community break the cycle of domestic violence, said Co-Chairwomen Scharrell Talley Jackson and Nancy Dahan.

Last year, Human Options served more than 20,000 individuals. The organization offers prevention and early intervention programs, emergency shelter and transitional housing, and follow-up support. In 2011, Human Options will mark its 30th year of working to stop domestic violence.

Photos courtesy of Ann Chatillon

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