In working to encourage violence-free relationships and promote social change that can help end domestic abuse, Barbara Murphy and Ann Bennett have given extraordinary amounts of their time and talent to Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse Inc.
Most recently, the Gulf Stream residents have worked together to create AVDA's newest event — the Heart of A Woman Luncheon. This event celebrates the strength and courage of women, with proceeds going to support victims of domestic abuse and their children.
It is the efforts of volunteers like Barbara and Ann that help AVDA keep fundraising costs at a minimum, for the maximum benefit for those in need. AVDA's independent fiscal audit showed that 88.7 percent of all funds raised goes directly to program services. AVDA spends only 11.3 percent on administration and fundraising, combined.
Barbara Murphy and Ann Bennett were nominated as Coastal Stars for their AVDA work by Pamela A. O’Brien, executive director of Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse Inc.

2/12 - 2nd Annual Heart of Woman Luncheon will feature best-selling author Gail Sheehy at the Royal Palm Yacht Club, 2425 Maya Palm Drive West in Boca Raton. The luncheon was created to involve the community in supporting women who are rebuilding their lives and the lives of their children following domestic abuse. AVDA is a nonprofit organization that has been providing support to survivors of domestic violence for the past 20 years. The event begins with a reception and silent auction at 11 a.m., with the luncheon at noon. $100 tables of ten are available. Call 265-3797 or visit

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