Luncheon raises $160,000 for Women In Distress
OnMay 9 guests joined Women InDistress (WID) of Broward County for its sixth annual “Starfish Luncheon Presented by Wells Fargo.” The event raised $160,000, which will provide 1,702 nights of shelter as well as basic needs, therapy, counseling, children’s services and transitional assistance to victims of domestic violence.
Chaired by Gale Butler and Jen Klaassens, the luncheon was inspired by the starfish story by Loren Eiseley and honored individuals in the community for their dedication and contributions toWID. This year’s honorees included: Jason and Katina Taylor; The Community Foundation of Broward; The Sunshine Lady Foundation; theWomen’s Independence Scholarship Program; and James A. Cummings Inc.
TheOur Lady of Lourdes Academy choir was joined by 20 survivors of domestic violence treated guests to a performance.
Event sponsors included: Wells Fargo; AutoNation Inc.; JM Family Enterprises Inc.; SE Toyota; Signature Grand;
Comerica Bank; James A. Cummings Inc.; Patriot Risk Management; PermaPlate; Publix Super Markets Charities Inc.; TheWasie Foundation; Bank of America; Baptist Health South Florida; Circle of Friends Foundation; Holy Cross Hospital; Lorraine Thomas; Pollo Tropical; Memorial Healthcare Systems; and PCA Delta.
“We are so pleased to have the support of such an amazing group of individuals and organizations. On behalf of the families we serve, to everyone who attended or supported the ‘Starfish Luncheon,’ we thank you for making a difference,” said President and CEO of Women InDistress, Mary Riedel.
WIDis a domestic violence center serving Broward County. Theirmission is to stop domestic violence abuse for everyone through intervention, education and advocacy. For more information, visit www.WomenInDistress.org or call 954-332-3459.
Jason Taylor, left, Katina Taylor, Linda Carter, Mary Riedel, Audrey Ring, Jen Klaassens, Nancy Soward and Gale Butler
Janet Boyle, left, Jack Boyle and Mary RiedelColin Brown, left, and Melanie Burgess
Arlene Pecora, left, and Audrey Milsaps
Gale Butler, left, Rick Derrer and Audrey Ring