Held during October Domestic Violence Awareness month, attendees were welcomed by husband and wife co-chairs Moujan and Todd Walkow followed by comments from Human Options’ CEO and co-founder Vivian Clecak.
The Human Options graduate speaker shared the podium with her 16 year-old daughter who she claims was the major factor in leaving an abusive husband/father several years ago. They described their harrowing experiences illustrated with before and after photos and their deep gratitude for the therapy programs provided by Human Options. An added connection was that Dr. Drew and the speaker grew up in the same Southern California community and remain friends to this day.
Radio and television personality, Drew Pinsky, M.D., is board-certified physician in internal and addiction medicine and assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at the Keck USC School of Medicine. His thought provoking presentation was followed by a question and answer period which furthered topical ideas and discussion.
The fall-themed luncheon included opportunity drawings for a $500 shopping spree to South Coast Plaza with one-year valet parking as well as a one-night stay at Westin South Coast Plaza with vouchers to theatre performances at South Coast Repertory.
Major event underwriters included the Jaffe Family Foundation and Karen & Scott Green.
About Human Options:
The mission of Human Options is to provide safe haven and life changing programs to help abused women, their children and families rebuild their lives, while working with the community to break the cycle of domestic violence.
Now in its 32nd year, Human Options provides a full continuum of services to stop the violence – from prevention and early intervention programs to emergency shelter and long-term transitional housing.
Over 20,000 are served annually and independent academic research consistently verifies that 90% of their residential clients continue to be violence free one year or more after graduating from the program.
For further information about Human Options or the Fall Luncheon call 949.737.5242 or visit www.humanoptions.org.