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2019 Celebration of Hope Gala

Friday, October 25, 2019
Anthony's Pier 9 - New Windsor, NY
2019 Celebration of Hope Gala

TOGETHER FOR A WORLD FREE OF FEAR.

Save the date for our Annual Celebration of Hope Gala!

Since 1986, Safe Homes has been working toward the elimination of intimate partner violence, teen dating violence, and human trafficking in our community. We provide shelter and comprehensive support services to victims and their children, work to increase public awareness about these issues, and encourage accountability for perpetrators.

For advance gala sponsorship and advertising opportunities, please contact us.

2019 Honorees:

Hope Award
Blaise Gomez
Reporter for News 12 Hudson Valley

Blaise Gomez is an Emmy-nominated general assignment reporter for News 12 Hudson Valley. She began her career with News 12 as a freelance reporter in 2007, covering Westchester, Hudson Valley and Connecticut. Gomez has reported on and covered nationally recognized breaking news stories including the Angelika Graswald case, Tragedy on the Taconic, Horror on the Hudson and the Newtown School Massacre. Prior to joining News 12, Gomez got her start in Broadcast Journalism reporting news on-air for WRCR AM 1300 Radio Rockland in Nanuet, NY and then on-camera for Time Warner Cable's Cable 6 News in Middletown, NY. She interned at CBS in Manhattan and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelors Degree in Communications from Pace University in Pleasantville, NY in 2006. Gomez was born and raised in Orange County, where she still lives.

Family Justice Center Award
Kristen M. Gibbons Feden
Associate, Stradley Ronon, Philadelphia, PA

Kristen M. Gibbons Feden is a nationally acclaimed litigator and concentrates her practice on institutional responses to sexual and gender-based harassment and abuse, ethical concerns, discrimination, and other misconduct. Kristen represents clients in general and complex litigation matters, including sexual harassment, employment discrimination, and Title IX and corporate regulatory compliance, as well as clients in the financial services industry.

Mildred Warren Good-Neighbor Award
Ashley Lenahan, Caitlin Tabala, and Nicole Pena
Stylists, Activists, and Owners of Indigo Beauty Lounge in Chester, NY

Indigo Beauty Lounge was founded upon the life long dream of three like-minded women. Established in September 2018, Ashley, Caitlin, and Nicole have made it a top priority to ensure their business acts as a platform for the greater good of the community. They are extremely proud of their sustainable salon, but even more so of the relationship they have built with Safe Homes. They have worked hard to increase public awareness about the issues Safe Homes provides resources for, as well as to fundraise for the organization. This year, their goal is to engage other local salons in fundraising opportunities for Safe Homes. Their desire to empower women and give back to their community has allowed them to thrive in the business they love each day!

Jane Chertock Legacy Award
Ada Lara
Youth Activist and Survivor

Since 2004, more than 25 women have been murdered by their intimate partner in Orange County. At our annual Celebration of Hope, we remember their names. Ada's mother, also named Ada Lara, is one of the women whose memory we honor each year.
"My mom was a very fun and caring person. At age 12, I was just starting to get to know who she was, to become close with her -- but in a split second that was taken away from me. Afterward, I was heavily supported by so many people, but did not realize that one group was Safe Homes. Years later, when I found out, I decided to support Safe Homes. Giving back to an organization that helped me during a hard time, in order to help others just like me, makes me feel great. It feels like a great way to honor my mom."



Thank you to our Sponsors:

Deja Vu Events & Floral Design
Orange & Rockland
Home Inspections: For a Cause
Legal Services of the Hudson Valley
Mediacom
Orange Regional Medical Center
Jacobowitz & Gubits, LLP
Ulster Savings Bank
Wallkill Valley Federal Savings & Loan
Pentagon Federal Credit Union



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