BOCA RATON, FL – AVDA’s (Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse) ninth annual Heart of a Woman Luncheon celebrated the organization’s 30th “Pearl” anniversary by recognizing “30 Years, 30 Faces – The Survivors, The Champions and Those Who Serve and Protect.” The luncheon, held on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, in The Great Hall at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, honored the strength, courage and determination of women, especially those overcoming domestic abuse. Several domestic violence survivors spoke passionately about how AVDA helped them escape from a life of abuse. This year’s Heart of a Woman Luncheon recognized an individual, a nonprofit and a business; Mrs. Gail Veros, who has been deeply committed to AVDA and serves on AVDA’s Advisory Board, as well as Congregation B’nai Israel of Boca Raton and NCCI Holdings Inc. were all recognized for their commitment to AVDA. Event chairs were Jeannette DeOrchis and Anne Vegso, joined by committee members, Dorothy MacDiarmid, Rosemary Krieger, Barbara Gutin, Tish Carlo, Jean Magrella and Tami Babij. “Everyone at the lunch was inspired to do more to prevent domestic violence, after hearing several heart-wrenching stories from domestic abuse survivors,” said DeOrchis. In addition, the luncheon honored 30 individuals and organizations who have made a positive impact on the epidemic of domestic violence. Sponsors included: The Pearl Anniversary Sponsor – the Vegso Family Foundation; Platinum Sponsor – Jeannette DeOrchis; Gold Sponsors – NCCI Holdings Inc., Boca Raton Magazine and Barbara Gutin; and Bronze Sponsors – Rosemary and Ben Krieger, Jan Savarick, and Spodak Dental Group. All proceeds from the luncheon will benefit AVDA’s 24-hour crisis hotline, Casa Vegso, the emergency shelter and transitional housing facility, and AVDA’s outreach, educational and prevention programs offered throughout Palm Beach County. For more information, visit www.avdaonline.org or call (561) 265-3797.