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Women In Distress’ Annual Starfish Luncheon Breaks Fundraising Record

Women In Distress’ 17th Annual Starfish Luncheon, held at the Bahia Mar hotel in Fort Lauderdale on May 17, 2024 was an incredible success, and raised over $400,000 to advance the agency’s mission to stop domestic violence for everyone.

The beautiful event drew a sold-out crowd and featured honorees who have made remarkable impacts through their partnership with Women In Distress. Hal and Lois Herman, Bob DeLizza, and Harrah’s/Caesars Entertainment were honored as extraordinary examples of commitment to serving those members of our community who are often marginalized.  Stevi Allen, owner of InkAngel Cosmetics in Fort Lauderdale, was a special guest speaker who challenged attendees through a personal and powerful presentation.

At the conclusion of the event Dr. Linda Parker, CEO of Women In Distress, announced that next year’s Starfish program, celebrating the agency’s 50th anniversary, will be an evening gala event!  Further details will be announced in the near future.

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May 17
11:00 am


Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale
801 Seabreeze Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL United States
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