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Laura’s House, a nonprofit whose mission is to change the social beliefs, attitudes and behaviors that perpetuate domestic violence, while creating a safe place in which to empower individuals and families affected by abuse, recently raised more than $15,000 at its 1st Annual Wine & Dine event, held at Big Canyon Country Club in Newport Beach.

During the 1st Annual Wine & Dine event, 100 guests who began arriving at the event at 6:00 p.m. dressed in “summer chic” attire, were treated to an array of gourmet delights as they mingled with other guests, perused the silent auction Wine Wall, tasted wine selections from more than 30 wineries situated throughout California’s wine growing regions, and received expert advice on choosing wines from Master Sommelier Steve Poe, of Big Canyon Country Club.

“We are very excited that our first annual ‘Wine & Dine’ event was such a great success, and we are thankful to the more than 100 guests who joined us for a beautiful evening in Newport Beach,” said Margaret Bayston, CEO and Executive Director, Laura’s House. “The event helped us raise the much needed funds we need to support the programs and services for families who are impacted by domestic violence, while shining a light on this issue that affects so many individuals throughout the Orange County community.”

Wineries that participated in the 1st Annual “Wine & Dine” event included: AmByth Estate Winery, August West, Beringer Vineyards, Big Basin Vineyards, Bluxome Street Wineries, DUNSTAN Wines, Etude Estate Wines, Carneros, Hartigan Cellars, Jemrose Wines, Levendi Winery, Loring Wine Company, Matthiasson, Poe Wines, Sbragia Family Vineyards, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, Tercero Wines, Wind Gap Wines, and Giracci Vineyards and Farms.

The silent auction included wine tastings and tour experiences for Giracci Vineyards & Farms, Newport Beach Vineyards & Winery and AmByth Estate; a Wine Dinner at Canaletto Newport Beach; and, a Wine Wall including more than 100 bottles of wine from the Napa Valley, Sonoma Coast, Paso Robles and other wine growing regions around the world.

Proceeds from the 1st Annual Wine & Dine event will be used support the programs and services that Laura’s House provides to families that are impacted by domestic violence throughout Orange County and beyond.

Over the past eighteen years, Laura’s House has provided residential shelter and support services to nearly 3,500 families, and counseling, life skills education and legal assistance to over 40,000 individuals. The mission of Laura’s House is to change the social beliefs, attitudes and the behaviors that perpetuate domestic violence while creating a safe space in which to empower individuals and families affected by abuse.