Many of you have supported and helped over the years by giving your time, money and wine to Laura’s House. This organization is close to my heart, to many of yours too, as it’s the recipient charity behind the proceeds from our annual Falltacular wine event that we hold here every winter at my house. While that event has done a consistent job of raising money the last 5 years (north of $60K so far !!), Laura’s House runs a much larger public event where they raise a big portion of their operating funds each year. This year, on September 14th here in Orange County at the Newport Beach Marriott, they will run their annual findraiser, this time titled “Step Into the Roaring 20’s”. It will mark their 19th year of providing domestic violence related services to the OC community and the event historically raises over $200,000 each year for the Domestic Violence Programs and Services of Laura’s House—enough funding to provide 2,000 night stays in Emergency Shelter.
For some additional facts about Laura’s, their mission is to change social beliefs and attitudes and the behaviors that perpetuate domestic violence while creating a safe space in which to empower individuals and families affected by abuse. Here is their website, http://www.laurashouse.org/, which explains their emergency shelter, 24 hour crisis hotline, support services to women and children, counseling, life skills and legal aid to families affected by domestic violence. To help frame the need, in 2012 they received 2,234 calls to their 24 Hour Crisis Hotline, representing a 21% increase from 2011 in the number of individuals seeking crisis intervention and domestic violence related resources. Today, they serve as the only state-approved comprehensive domestic violence agency in the south OC area, serving over 900,000 residents in 22 cities and over the past nineteen years, Laura’s House has provided shelter and support services to more than 3,700 battered women and children and counseling, life skills education and legal assistance to over 43,000 people.
What You Can Do: at this point, all I need is to have generous folks from the Wine Berserker community consider donating 1 bottle, 5 bottles, as many as you like. All of it will be put into their silent auction for the event, raising funds for the shelter. You can then take the approporiate credit as you like for a tax deductible donation. If you wish to donate, plz PM or post so I can contact you and help you coordinate the wines getting to Laura’s.
Thank you for reading, for your support of the charity and for the amazing help all of you have done over the years to support Laura’s House and the shelter.