A New Direction Looks to Annual Benefit to Fund Growth 

A New Direction Beverly Morgan Park (AND), the community’s only domestic violence agency, will host its 2019 fundraiser Sat.Oct. 267 to 10 p.m., at Ridge Country Club, 10522 S. California.  Musical entertainmentopen bar and hors d’oeuvres highlight this annual event, along with a grand raffle and silent and live auctions.  The benefit is AND’s largest annual fundraiser and, traditionally, all proceeds help the agency sustain AND’s programs and services, including Legal Advocacy, Education and Counseling, Children’s Therapy and Teen Outreach Program.  

We are counting on this year’s benefit to generate sufficient revenue so we can help more survivors and their families by doing more than simply sustaining our current programs and services.  In 2018, the proceeds from this benefit represented 100 percent of our operating budget. While AND has earned financial support from grants, we are proud to say the community we serve is our primary source of funding. Now it’s time to build on our successes and grow as an organization.  With continued support from our community, we are confident that we can do this,” said Jessica McCarihan, AND board president. 

McCarihan and other board members are moving forward with their strategic planning process to determine new ways for AND to build awareness throughout the community and to offer life-altering guidance and support to victims of domestic abuse. Thboard and staff will participate in a retreat and develop a comprehensive plan for the next three years. McCarihan said AND is working with Executive Service Corp (ESC) to outline the plan by December.  The plan will include new goals and objectives which will improve board governance, strengthen the agency’s organizational processes and structure, and expand programs and services.  

To support the 2019 benefit, individuals and businesses can underwrite a variety of facets of the popular event.  Sponsorships range from $500 to $5,000.  AND also welcomes items for live and silent auctions.  For more informationcontact Monica Carey, monica@anewdirectionbmp.org, or  McCarihan, Jessica@anewdirectionbmp.org.  Event tickets are $75 and can be reserved beginning Sept. 1.   

The not-for-profit AND was founded in 2011 and provides legal advocacy, adult counseling services and a children’s therapy program. The AND mission is “to provide counseling, education, support, and advocacy to individuals and families affected by domestic violence.” Learn more at www.anewdirectionbmp.org.