November 14, 2013

Updated: November 29, 2013

Contact Angela Verdery ( or 804-249-9470 X 16) for media inquiries.

Safe Harbor Cocktail Party Raises Over $15,000 

Safe Harbor’s Annual Cocktail Party raised over $15,000 to support the agency’s work assisting those surviving sexual and domestic violence and promoting healthy relationships and healthy sexuality. Over 100 guests attended the event Friday, November 8 at Deep Run Recreation Center.

The event featured holiday-themed trees and wreaths available for purchase through silent auction as well as many other silent and live auction items. Live auction items included a trip to Italy, a Vermont vacation, an Outer Banks trip and a VIP evening at The Richmond Forum program featuring former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

Special thanks to Accumark, Inc. for sponsoring the event. Carol Maddock served as the event auctioneer.

Guests voted to award superlatives for several categories. Winners included:

It's Five O'Clock Somewhere Tree winner Best in Show

It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere Tree

Best of Show: “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” donated by Buckingham Greenery
Small Tree: “Wild Thing” donated by Michele Holleran
Large Tree: “Vintage Virginia” donated by GreatScapes & More, Inc.
Wreath: “A Christmas Carol” donated by kmg DESIGNS

Cocktail Party 2013 032Trees and wreaths were donated by community members and businesses. Thank you to the following companies for donating trees or wreaths for the event: Ariya Family Chiropractic Center, Brandywine Realty Trust, Buckingham Greenery, Counts’ Hallmark, kmb DESIGN, Debbie’s Kitchen, GreatScapes & More, Inc., Nolan’s Buddies, Southern Stove Lofts and Tropical Treehouse.

Event Co-Chair Betsy Williams (second from right) with husband Matt Williams and guests

Event Co-Chair Betsy Williams (second from right) with husband Matt Williams and guests

This holiday-themed event was coordinated by co-chairs Claire Sheppard and Betsy Williams. Their team included: Wanda Atkinson, Jessica Bell, Tricia Brown, Kathleen Demro, Carol Dunlap, Lisa Gordon, Di Hayes, Margaret Hill, Michele Hollaran, India Hylton Gaylor, Kristen Lurillo, Paige Lasky, Jodi Leonard, Becky Loos, Carol Maddock, Suzy Milwit, Stinson Mundy, Erin Osiol, Jayne Pemberton, Amy Singleton and Laura Wooton.

We are overwhelmed by the support we received at this event. The funds raised and friends made this evening will make a difference in the lives of many experiencing sexual and domestic violence and further our work promoting healthy relationships in the RVA community.
Kathleen Demro, Executive Director

To see more pictures from the event, visit the facebook photo album.

For media inquiries, please contact Angela Verdery ( or 804-249-9470 X 16).

About Safe Harbor

Safe Harbor empowers survivors of sexual and domestic violence to transform their lives, and promotes healthy relationships for all. The agency was born through the efforts of a St. Mary’s Hospital emergency room nurse who was devastated by the number of domestic abuse victims she treated. As a result, Safe Harbor opened in April 2000. It has grown from an emergency shelter to offering additional critical supportive services including a 24-hour confidential helpline (804-287-7877), community counseling programs for adults and children, community support groups in English and Spanish, court advocacy, hospital accompaniment and community education and outreach services.  For more information, please visit or