Friends of AVDA

Philanthropically inclined group of individuals aged 21+ committed to ending abuse

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Join AVDA in our mission to end abuse while socializing, networking, and having a great time with our supporters!


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AVDA is pleased to announce our 2023 Advisory Committee Members!

Katherine Garcia, Sudor Sauna
Kimmie Gillespie, Only 1 Realty Group
Courtney Harmon, Quorum Software
Zac Harmon, Community Volunteer
Erika Rivera, Morgan Stanley
Clara Orlean, ClaraTech
Amy Pipe, Expressworks International
Meghan Verikas, Holiday Inn Houston Downtown


About Friends of AVDA

Friends of AVDA is a group of philanthropically inclined Houstonians serving as donors and volunteers committed to supporting AVDA’s mission to end the cycle of family violence. Since the founding of Friends of AVDA in 2019, we have provided meaningful social, networking, educational and volunteer events for our members and their guests. Members have received exclusive access to a Club Suite at Minute Maid Park, tickets to an Astros game, cooking classes, cocktail and cheese happy hours, virtual trivia nights, wrapping holiday gifts for clients’ child(ren) and select invitations to AVDA’s larger fundraising events. Please see below pictures from our past events.

Last year, Friends of AVDA raised more than $5,500 in support of AVDA’s mission. These proceeds came from the generous donations members make through their membership fee. We are excited to share that the donations raised from Friends of AVDA will support AVDA’s Family Fun Day offered to families who have been or who are current clients of AVDA. This day of fun serves as an extension of AVDA’s mission and gives survivors a chance begin again while to spending quality time together and healing.

Membership Benefits

Membership is affordable at $100 per person and provides access to the 2023 Friends of AVDA calendar of events. Become a member so you can join us for these social and networking opportunities centered around spreading awareness of AVDA’s mission to end abuse and help survivors claim their new beginning. Friends of AVDA members receive access to the following quarterly events and volunteer opportunities for 2023:

Upcoming Events

An Evening with AVDA
Date: January 26, 2023

Spring Social
Date: TBD

New Beginnings Luncheon
May 8, 2023 | Purchase tickets 
*Young professionals under 35 receive a special ticket price

Summer Social
Date: August 2023

Volunteer Opportunity: Back to School Drive
August 2023

Honoring Texas Victims Dinner
Date: October 2023

Volunteer Opportunity: Halloween Costume Drive
Date: October 2023

Spirit of Giving
Date: November 2023

Volunteer Opportunity: Holiday Drive
Date: December 2023

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