Young Friends of AVDA

Philanthropically inclined group of individuals ages 18-40 committed to ending abuse


Join AVDA in our mission to end abuse, while also socializing, networking and having a great time with all our young friends!


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AVDA is pleased to announce our 2022 Advisory Committee Members!

Mollie Apgar, HKS, Inc.
Lauren Brogdon, Haynes and Boone, LLP
Loren Canales, Schlanger Silver Barg & Paine
Alison (Ali) Hoffman, Houston Methodist
Katherine Garcia, Sudor Sauna
Mario Gudmundsson, Be-Design
Hallie McDermott, Community Volunteer
Ashley Murski, Lilly & Van Ness, LLP
Lena Nguyen, Maylif Law Firm
Erika Rivera, Morgan Stanley
Alexis Smith, Next Level Urgent Care
Christina Stith-Heins, Community Volunteer
Meghan Verikas, Holiday Inn Houston Downtown


About Young Friends of AVDA

Young Friends of AVDA is a group of philanthropically inclined, 40 and below Houstonians serving as donors and volunteers committed to supporting AVDA’s mission to end the cycle of family violence. Since the founding of Young 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, the Young Friends of AVDA raised more than $4,500 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 the Young Friends of AVDA will support AVDA’s Camp Carefree, a no-cost weekend of food, lodging and camp activities offered to families who have been or who are current clients of AVDA. This weekend retreat serves as an extension of AVDA’s mission and gives survivors a chance begin again while to spending quality time together and healing.

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Membership Benefits

Membership is affordable at $100 per person and provides access to the 2022 Young 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. Young Friends of AVDA members receive access to the following quarterly events for 2022:

Upcoming Events

Membership Kick Off Mixer/Social
Date: March 10, 2022

Summer Social
Date: July 28, 2022

Honoring Texas Victims Dinner
Date: October 11, 2022

AVDA’s Party in the Park
Date: October 22, 2022

Spirit of Giving
Date: November 10, 2022

Stop and Shop Holiday Volunteer Event
Date: December 2022 (date TBD)

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