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October 10, 2006 - "MARDI GRAS CARNIVALE" benefits Women In Distress

What: Second Annual Gala

Where: Bahia Mar Hotel

When: Friaday, October 13, 2006

Time: 6:30 PM

Beneficiary: Women In Distress

Co-Chair(s): Chairman, Michelle Case-Tunis, with Co-Chair Pat Purmort

Committee Members: Sandy Coghill, Journal Chair, Ashleay Meccarielli & Jennifer Melanson, Live Auction Co-Chairs; Tracy Conrad, Decorations Chair; Elizabeth LeBrecht, Reservations Chair; Jonelle Lees, Save the Date Card; Deborah Sadriwala, Favors Chair; Pat Purmort & Laura Taylor Invitations& Dottie Sillano, Silent Auction

President(s): Silvia Mansons

Music: Live Music/Dancing - Elliott Varon - Main Event

Sponsors: PRESENTING SPONSOR: Seminole Casualty Insurance

Auctioneer: Thom Bogdan - Fisher Auction

Menu: Seared Sea Scallops on Potato Cruet w/Roasted Garlic Herb Sauce; Bahia Field Greens, feta cheese, sun dried tomato, shaved red onion & kalamata olives w/roasted garlic parmesan vinaigrette; Grilled Filet Mignon coupled with Shrimp Scampi Trio, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Season's Freshest Vegetables, Specialty Breads & creamy butter; Trio of Chocolate Covered Strawberries, Miniature Cannoli & Chocolate Cup w/Chocolate Mousse served on a Raspberry Pained Plate, and freshly brewed Colombian Coffee & Gourmet Tea

Attendance: 300+

Attire: Blacktie

Board of Directors: Silvia Mansons, President; Jennifer Melanson, Asst VP Ways & Means; Gabrielle Wellner, VP Membership; Michelle Case-Tunis, VP Public Relations; Susan Greaton, Asst. VP Public Relations; Pat Purmort, Recording Secretary; Marge Matinale, Corresponding Secretary; Betty Schultze, Treasurer - Susan Ames, Joan Brelsford, Barbara Brunton, Mary Ellen Carter, Tracy Conrad, Alexandra Danburg, Christine Forman, Cindy Herd, Zola Keller, Jonelle Lees, Marilyn Reed, Mary Riedel, Deborah Sadriwalla, Rochelle Schwartz, Judy Simkowitz, Marie Speck & Stacie Weisman

Blacktie Photos by: Ginny Fujino

The Blacktie Photo Gallery is sponsored by:

 Lyn Clark, Development Assistant , Nancy Leve, Manager of Volunteer Services & Jennifer Stewart, Director of Development - Women In Distress of Broward County, Inc.
Lyn Clark, Development Assistant , Nancy Leve, Manager of Volunteer Services & Jennifer Stewart, Director of Development - Women In Distress of Broward County, Inc.

Women In Distress Auxiliary hosted their second annual “MARDI GRAS CARNIVALE” on Friday, October 13, 2006 at Bahia Mar Hotel.  Guests enjoyed a cocktail reception and munched on delicious appetizers.   Following the reception, guests adjourned to the main ballroom, colorfully decorated in festive Mardi Gras Style by Prager Productions. They were greeted with the lively tones of Elliot Varnes & The Main Event” who provided toe stomping music that had guests dancing all evening.




A Live Auction with Thom Bogdan , was conducted as guests were served a lovely dinner by the staff of Bahia Mar.  At 9:00, guests were welcomed into the Casino setting, for a fun evening of gambling and wagering at the tables.




All proceeds benefit Women In Distress of Broward County, an organization that empowers and assists victims of domestic violence, their children and pets with temporary shelter and support services, instilling self-worth and non-violent behavior patterns for all family members and delivering prevention and awareness education in our community.




The Gala was appropriately planned for October to promote and create awareness of Domestic Violence Awareness Month”.  Since it’s Inception in 1974 it began as Broward County's first refuge for homeless women in a modest four-bedroom home on Sistrunk Boulevard, the.  Jim & Jan Moran Family Center opened instantly increasing WID's visibility, accessibility and capacity to serve more families and provided the means to include licensed day care, counseling, legal aid, job training, a volunteer program and a thrift store. WID was one of the first agencies in the nation to establish a total family systems approach to stopping domestic violence.  In 1999, Janet A. Boyle established a $1 million endowment for Women In Distress that will ensure future operations of our organization. Janet's generosity has established a legacy benefiting Women In Distress of Broward County Inc.,and it's participants and employees for future generations.  Domestic violence hurts the whole family.  The community must help by speaking out and saying  “Domestic Violence is Unacceptable”.




Special thanks goes to Mr. Joseph Scaturro, President of Seminole Casualty Insurance Company, for his support and sponsorship of the Gala who committed $50,000 for this year’s Gala.  His generosity and the generosity of other sponsors is the contributing factor for the success of our event!

Chairman of this year’s Gala, Michelle Case-Tunis together with Co-Chair, Pat Purmort, and their entire committee worked tirelessly to create a Gala that provided guests and supporters an evening filled with


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