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HOUSTON (Oct. 5, 2017 at 7 p.m.) - AVDA (Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse) hosted one of Houston’s premier tasting events, its 12th annual Home Safe Home Fundraiser Gala at the Crystal Ballroom at The Rice. The Gala supports AVDA’s mission to end family violence with a portion of the proceeds supporting the AVDA Victim Relief Fund.
Two prestigious awards was presented: AVDA’s Heart of Houston Award, recognizing Bobbie Nau for her exemplary service to Houston and its citizens through philanthropy and volunteerism, and The Joseph D. Jamail Award for Justice, honoring Ronald D. Krist.
Special guests included Mrs. Texas United States, Ann Marie Reigrut, and Ms. Attractive China International, Aileen Lu. Ms. Lu is a community leader and advocate against domestic abuse. Her goal is to combat domestic abuse and bring justice to victims. She believes the joint effort with the community partners like AVDA. Since the beginning of her work, she has joined forces amongst the United States, Asia, South America and Europe and received congressional recognition.
AVDA is a private nonprofit organization founded in 1980 by the National Council of Jewish Women in Greater Houston. Since its founding, AVDA has provided advocacy, safety planning, and legal representation for more than 80,000 survivors. AVDA’s mission is to end family violence by advocating for the safety and self-determination of victims, promoting accountability for abusers and fostering a community response to abuse.
In light of Hurricane Harvey’s devastation in the Greater Houston area, AVDA Expands Funding-Raising for Victims Impacted by Hurricane Harvey During National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. “Even as the storm’s 50 inches of rain were flooding our city, we created the AVDA Victim Relief Fund. Within the two weeks following Harvey, AVDA’s legal department of 7 attorneys and 7 paralegals reached out to AVDA’s hundreds of clients to assess and prioritize needs. We are now providing direct financial assistance to those clients in need,” states AVDA CEO Sherri Kendall.
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