Lun­cheon raises $160,000 for Women In Dis­tress

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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 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

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