Laura's House Says Bon Voyage to Domestic Violence with Ports of Call Annual Gala

Proceeds from annual event on Sept. 22 to support domestic violence prevention, education programs
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NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. - Aug. 30, 2018 - PRLog -- Laura's House (, the Southern California nonprofit committed to ending the silence of domestic violence, will hold its 24th annual gala on Saturday, Sept. 22, at Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach and present special awards to two dedicated domestic violence advocates: Orange County Sheriff-Coroner Sandra Hutchens and family law attorney Steven G. Hittelman, Hittelman Strunk Law Group.

Presenting Sponsors Laura Khouri and Michael K. Hayde will host the Ports of Call-themed event which will unite Laura's House supporters to raise critical funds that will sustain the nonprofit's emergency shelter, transitional living center, counseling and resource center, children's therapeutic programs, legal advocacy and community prevention/education and outreach. Since 1994, Laura's House has been respected in the community for its commitment to improving the lives of families affected by domestic violence in Orange County. More than 25,000 individuals receive services and/or educational outreach each year.

"This event is our most important fundraiser as it helps ensure that our life-changing programs and services continue for victims of domestic violence," said Margaret Bayston, Laura's House CEO and Executive Director. "Each year, we look forward to an unforgettable night with loyal Laura's House supporters, as well as new faces, and mobilizing advocates to end the vicious cycle of domestic abuse."

The 2018 gala honorees are:

Crystal Heart Award: Sheriff-Coroner Sandra Hutchens, as the top enforcement officer of the Orange County Sheriff's Department, has made it her mission to inspire hope and empower change with Laura's House through many different channels. She has ensured that the Laura's House Personal Empowerment Program is taught at the Women's Central Jail, and that sheriff's deputies are educated on domestic violence throughout the County. Hutchens also has supported local events and donation programs.

Legal Leader Award: Steven G. Hittelman, Hittelman Strunk Law Group, LLP, has supported the Laura's House legal department in every way possible throughout the years and is known for going above and beyond as he stands up for Laura's House clients and against domestic violence.  Hittelman is one of Laura's House's longest standing legal clinic volunteers and has helped train other attorneys to volunteer in domestic violence legal clinics. Hittelman has helped numerous Laura's House clients on a pro bono basis as they obtain restraining orders and is the first attorney called for clients with particularly difficult cases.

This year's gala guests will embark on a memorable evening that begins with a Ports of Call-themed cocktail reception, followed by a gourmet dinner, awards presentation, live auction and dancing.  Special entertainment will grace the stage throughout the evening.

Presenting Port of Monaco sponsors for the 2018 gala are Laura Khouri and Michael K. Hayde. Port of Rio sponsors are: The Jacqueline Glass Family, Haskell & White LLP, The Joe MacPherson Foundation, The Thompson Foundation and Verizon. Port of Cape Town sponsors are: Lenawee Trust, Napa Foundation, The Busch Group, Lucas Development Corporation, Neudesic, and Park Newport Apartments. Port of Bangkok sponsors are: Patty Cyr, Laura & Mark Feld, The Frome Foundation, Brenda Gessell, Hittelman Strunk Law Group, LLP, IHP Capital Partners, Pat & Rick McAuley, R.D. Olson Development, Rutan & Tucker LLP and Casey & Tim Wolin.

Individual tickets are $250, and table sponsorship opportunities start at $3,500. For additional information, please visit

About Laura's House

Laura's House is a nonprofit organization established in 1994 to provide domestic violence-related services.  It serves as the only state-approved comprehensive domestic violence agency in south Orange County, Calif., serving communities throughout Orange County and the surrounding regions of southern California.  Over the past 24 years, Laura's House has provided shelter with support services to more than 5,000 abused men, women and their children and non-residential direct services including 24-hour crisis intervention, counseling, life skills education and legal advocacy to over 55,000 persons.   The mission statement is as follows: Changing social beliefs, attitudes and the behaviors that perpetuate domestic violence while creating a safe space in which to empower individuals and families affected by abuse.  Services include an Emergency Shelter, Counseling and Resource Center, Children's Therapeutic Programs, Transitional Living Center, Legal Advocacy, and Community Prevention/Education and Outreach.  In 2017, Laura's House provided direct services to 3,821 persons and prevention/education and community outreach activities to 24,733 persons. To find out more please visit and Connect with Laura's House on Facebook (, Twitter (, Instagram ( and YouTube (

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