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Friday, 07 August 2015 21:16

Laura's House Announces 'Bahama Nights' Themed Gala

Laura’s House (, a Southern California nonprofit dedicated to the prevention and education of domestic violence, will host its 21st annual gala on Saturday, Oct. 10, at 5:30 p.m. at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach.

Honorary Chairs Julia and George Argyros, along with presenting sponsors Laura Khouri and Michael K. Hayde, invite guests to this Bahamian-themed event to raise critical funds to support the nonprofit’s emergency shelter, community programs and legal advocacy services provided to the Orange County community. Two honorees will be recognized with the Crystal Heart Award for their contributions to the organization’s longevity and success – Robin McGraw, founder, When Georgia Smiled: The Robin McGraw Revelation Foundation ( PIMCO (, a leading investment management firm.

“Our annual gala is the most critical event on our calendar and is essential in moving our efforts forward to end the silence of domestic violence,” said Margaret Bayston, Laura’s House CEO and Executive Director. “We are excited to welcome all those committed to helping us end the cycle of abuse, and we look forward to treating guests to a memorable, Caribbean-inspired evening around an important cause.”

In the United States, 1.3 million women are victimized by domestic violence each year. Since 1994, Laura’s House has responded to the needs within the local community and beyond and helped rebuild the lives of thousands of families affected by domestic violence. In the past five years, the nonprofit has more than doubled its community impact through programs and services, including a 24/7 hotline, emergency shelter for women and children, transitional housing, community resource center, legal advocacy and H.E.A.R.T. (Healthy Emotions and Attitudes in Relationships for Teens).

Guests will begin their island adventure with a cocktail reception, silent auction and wine wall display, followed by a dinner program, live auction and awards presentation. Award-winning journalist Carolyn Johnson ( of NBC4 Southern California will emcee the event. Johnson will join 2015 Honorary Event Chairs and prominent Orange County philanthropists Julia and George Argyros, who donated $1 million to Laura’s House, at the gala. Global, multimillion-dollar jewelry brand Kendra Scott ( also will unveil a custom Laura’s House necklace to be worn by McGraw and Johnson at the gala and auctioned off during the evening – with proceeds benefitting Laura’s House.