Human Options held its annual fall fundraising luncheon at the Balboa Bay Club on October 18 – the actual 30th anniversary of the nonprofit organization. The event generated over $220,000 in net proceeds to support Human Options mission to help battered women, their families and the entire community break the cycle of domestic violence.
Keynote speaker Victor Rivas Rivers shared his riveting personal story of growing up in a home of widespread abuse and delivered a powerful message to about 500 attendees that domestic violence is “everyone’s issue.” Rivas Rivers is a New York Times best-selling author of “A Private Family Matter,” actor and spokesperson for the National Network to End Domestic Violence as part of Verizon Wireless Community Champion program.
Human Options’ annual luncheon is the organization’s key fundraising event held during October Domestic Violence Awareness Month and this year marked the organization’s 30th year of operation.
“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,” said Vivian Clecak, Human Options co-founder and CEO.
Clecak welcomed attendees along with board chair Kate Duchene. Churm Media CEO and Men’s Task Force Chair Steve Churm introduced the keynote speaker and shared his vision to bring the issue of domestic violence to all genders.
A recent graduate of the program who only went by her first name “Nicole” shared her story of fleeing her abusive husband with her young children in fear and leaving with new skills, resources and hope for a new life.
The event was co-chaired by Jennifer and Louis Bojorquez and Julie Demlow Sofferman and Jeff Sofferman. Attendees brought used cell phones collected at the event as part of Verizon’s recycling program that serves victims of domestic violence.
An opportunity drawing featured a $750 shopping spree and one-year valet parking was won by Laura Benz and a one night stay and round of golf for two at The Grand Del Mar was won by Ellen Shockro.
About Human Options
For 30 years Human Options has been working to stop the cycle of domestic violence. The organization’s vision is a community in which every woman and every child is safe in their own home every single day. Last year the organization provided services and prevention programs to over 20,000 individuals. Independent research studies have proven the effectiveness of Human Options’ intensive programs in freeing families from domestic violence. The organization provides a full continuum of services to stop the violence – from prevention and early intervention programs to emergency shelter and long-term transitional housing and follow up support. For further information about Human Options or the Fall Luncheon call 949.737.5242 or visit www.humanoptions.org.