A New Direction Turns Toward 2016 Fundraiser

A New Direction Beverly Morgan Park (AND) will host its 2016 fundraiser on Sat., Oct. 22, 7 to 10 p.m., at Ridge Country Club, 10522 S.  California Ave.  Live entertainment provided by the Megan Curran Combo, open bar and hors d’oeuvres highlight this annual event, along with a grand raffle and silent auctions.

AND is a local agency that provides a co­mmunity-based response to domestic violence in Beverly/Morgan Park and surrounding communities. AND provides counseling, education, support and advocacy to individuals and families affected by domestic violence.

A highlight of the fundraiser will be the presentation of the ANDi award to Women of the Castle.  Women of the Castle is an organization affiliated with Beverly Unitarian Church, 10244 S. Longwood Dr. that supports women through monthly programs and fundraising.  The group was chosen to receive the ANDi award because of their dedication to raising awareness and funds for domestic violence prevention.

The ANDi is an annual partnership award given to an individual or agency that helps AND fulfill its mission to provide counseling, education, support and advocacy to individuals and families affected by domestic violence.

“Since our inception in 2010, The Women of the Castle have been by our side raising awareness and funds to keep every home free of domestic violence,” said Jessica McCarihan, AND Board president. “We are so grateful for the work they do in providing programs to address important topics of interest to women in our community.”

This year’s grand raffle first prize is a Miami get-away vacation, which includes six days/five nights at an Aloft Hotel in South Beach or Downtown Miami and round trip airfare on American Airlines.  Second prize is two Southwest Airlines round trip tickets anywhere Southwest flies in the continental United States.  Third prize is an Apple iPad Mini.

Gesture© auction services will allow guests can enjoy the party while bidding on silent auction items from the convenience of their cell phones.  A few of the silent auction items are two tickets to a private pre-opening party at Graham Elliot’s newly reimagined restaurant; vacation home stays; rounds of golf at local country clubs; original art; health packages including a free gym membership at SXU’s Shannon Center; wine and gourmet items.

The effects of abuse—physical, financial, sexual, emotional—are devastating and AND provides essential and confidential counseling and advocacy services at no charge to clients as they navigate their journey to safety.  AND’s vision is to have every home be safe and free of domestic violence and abuse.

The goal for AND’s 2016 fundraiser is to increase the amount of funds generated through last year’s event in order to continue to grow and provide services to those affected by domestic violence.  Currently, AND is looking for businesses and individuals to sponsor the event or to donate items for the silent auctions.   For more information about these opportunities, contact Jessica Yakutis McCarihan, Jessica@anewdirectionbmp.org.

For more information about A New Direction or to purchase tickets or make a donation, visit www.anewdirectionbmp.org or www.facebook.com/ANewDirectionBMP.

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