Honoring Texas Victims

A private dinner honoring the 228 Texans whose lives were lost to domestic violence in 2020

AVDA will host its Honoring Texas Victims Dinner on Tuesday, October 11, 2022, at Tony’s. Event Chairs Paula and Steve Winter & Lisa and Eric Elder have conceptualized an evening to pay tribute to the 228 victims who lost their lives as a result of domestic violence in 2020. Supporters will dine on a four-course meal with wine pairings featuring the renowned Italian inspired cuisine that Houston has come to love for more than 55 years. Gloria Terry, CEO for the Texas Council on Family Violence, will release the 2021 Honoring Texas Victims Report at the dinner.

Underwriting levels range from $30,000 to $5,000 and include a table, four-course dinner, and wine pairings. All proceeds benefit AVDA. For more information, contact Lauren Summerville at [email protected] or 713-224-9911.

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2021 Honoring Texas Victims Dinner

On the evening of October 5, 2021, Potente was filled with enthusiastic AVDA supporters for its major fundraising dinner Honoring Texas Victims:  Advocating to End Domestic Abuse. Chaired by Katherine & Dr. Brian Parsley and Stephanie von Stein Schusterman & Dr. Mark Schusterman, this event honored the 185 Texans whose lives were lost to domestic violence in 2019. The event raised more than $325,000 surpassing its initial fundraising goal of $185,000 in honor of the 185 victims by more than $140,000.

Guests were treated to Executive Chef Danny Trace’s signature black truffle dish Spaghetti Al Tartufo Nero preceded by Fairytale Pumpkin Hummus and an heirloom beet and arugula salad with Texas citrus vinaigrette and followed by Amarone braised veal and Calvados apple crostata, all paired with fine Italian wines.

During the dinner, Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) CEO Gloria Terry released a portion of the 2020 Honoring Texas Victims report. TCFV publishes this report each October with the prior year’s statistics on statewide domestic violence deaths while retelling each victim’s story. Terry noted that there was an approximately 23 percent increase in domestic violence homicides in Texas from 2019 to 2020, and 65 percent of Harris County family violence fatalities involved the perpetrator’s use of a firearm.

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