Newport Beach, Calif. – It was an evening of “Serious Fun” as Human Options’ Mint Julep themed fundraiser cleared an estimated $305,000 and honored philanthropists and legal advocates Nancy W. Dahan and her mother Elaine Weinberg with the 2012 Dove Award. Held on May 3 at the Balboa Bay Resort, all event proceeds benefit the Irvine-based nonprofit working to stop the cycle of domestic violence in Orange County for over 30 years.
Attendees donned big hats and seer sucker suits that tied into the next day’s Kentucky Derby. Cocktail hour took place at an expansive poolside silent auction and guests gathered later in the ballroom for gourmet dinner, live auction, awards program and live music and dancing to music by former Righteous Brother band member, Lee Ferrell and Friends.
An evening highlight was honoring longtime Human Options supporters Nancy Dahan and Elaine Weinberg. Dahan grew up in a family dedicated to social justice and started advocacy programs for girls and women in her early teens. All five of Elaine Weinberg’s children are practicing attorneys and she began her practice and a long legacy of philanthropic leadership in the early 70s. Dahan in fact followed her mother’s passion and commitment of women and children’s issues as she was instrumental in organizing and supporting women’s legal rights, health care, and other advocacy issues in Orange County. Dahan practices family law as a partner of the Irvine-based firm Brown and Dahan and dedicates countless volunteer hours towards philanthropic women’s justice issues. She has served on the Human Options board of directors since 2004 and is currently president elect.
Human Options co-founder and CEO Vivian Clecak introduced a shelter graduate Ingrid who shared her inspirational story of leaving an abusive marriage with two young children and going on to lead a long life free of violence.
Leading the fundraising efforts were the Winner’s Circle co-chairs Pame Schmider, Beth Bidna, Gail Ross and Eric Finley.