Eastside Domestic Violence Program (EDVP) hosted the 27th Annual World of Hope Dinner & Auction on May 14, 2011 at Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue.  Hundreds were in attendance to help raise more than $355,000 to benefit families in EDVP’s homeless shelters and programs.  Funds raised provide critical life-saving services, shelter, safety and support for thousands of victims, families and children in our community.

“I’ve spent my life in hiding from my father and his abuse. Most of my memories are in shelters with other kids just like me. EDVP gave me my life back.” ~ Melody, Voices Support Group, Age 14

Honorary Chairs, Justice Bobbe Bridge, Ret. & Jon Bridge and Judy & Mark Maleng presented Dan Satterberg, King County Prosecuting Attorney and David Martin, Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney the 2011 Norm Maleng Honoree Award for their outstanding leadership and tireless work to protect domestic violence victims and their children.  Emcee Molly Shen, KOMO 4 News hosted an entertaining evening with lots of surprises.

Survivor speaker Melody – a 14 year old girl – from EDVP’s Voices Support Group shared her extremely powerful story about the years of abuse she and her mom endured by her father.  Melody spent 11 of her 14 birthdays in domestic violence homeless shelters.  “I am so moved and overwhelmed by the generosity of the people here tonight. I don’t want another child like me to go through what I have been through. Because of EDVP, there is hope.”  More than $110,000 was raised during the Fund A Need!  A big surprise for the evening was a $50,000 pledge for a college scholarship for Melody to help her achieve her dream of attending college. “I can’t wait to go to college.  I want to major in Marine Archeology and travel the word and discover new things no one has ever seen. Words can’t express how grateful I am, thank you!”

Many thanks to our wonderful Guests, Sponsors, Board of Directors, Community Leaders, and Volunteers for their amazing support!

 

 

 

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