Friends of AVDA

Cause-driven Houstonians committed to ending family violence

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Join Friends of AVDA on their the mission to end family violence in our community!


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AVDA is pleased to announce our 2024 Advisory Committee Members!

Liz Arrigo, Ytterberg Deery Knull LLP
Loren Canales, Schlanger Silver LLP
Katherine Garcia, Sudor Sauna
Kimmie Gillespie, Only 1 Realty Group & Kimmie Designs
Mario Gudmundsson, De Beers Group
Courtney Harmon, Quorum Software
Zac Harmon, TotalEnergies
Erika Rivera, Morgan Stanley
Clara Orlean, American Cancer Society
Amy Pipe, Expressworks International
Meghan Verikas Renderos, Holiday Inn Houston Downtown
Laurel Wheatley, Spring Branch ISD


About Friends of AVDA

Friends of AVDA is a group of Houstonians serving as advocates, donors, and volunteers in support of AVDA’s mission to end family violence. Since the founding of Friends of AVDA in 2019, we have provided meaningful social, educational, and philanthropic events for our members and their guests. Members have received exclusive access to Astros Club Level, happy hours, service events, and special rates to AVDA’s signature fundraisers.

Last year, Friends of AVDA raised more than $6,000 in support of AVDA’s services. Proceeds derive from annual memberships, guest tickets, and event sponsorships.

Membership Benefits

Membership is affordable at $100 per individual and $175 per couple and includes complimentary access to all Friends of AVDA events. Become a member, so you can join us for social and networking opportunities centered around spreading awareness of AVDA’s mission to end abuse and help survivors claim their new beginning. 

2024 Event Calendar

Member Perk: Tidbits Rodeo Market
February 11 | 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Member Social: Shopping Party at Elizabeth Anthony
March 28 | 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Member Perk: Tidbits Spring Market
April 28 | 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM 
*check your inbox for the complimentary code

Member Perk: New Beginnings Luncheon
May 17  | The Post Oak Hotel
*Select the Young Advocate level to receive your special discounted rate

Member Event: Summer Social
June TBD

Philanthropy Project: AVDA’s Family Fun Day
June 22 | 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Philanthropy Project: Build-a-Backpack
July TBD

Member Social: A Night at the Ballpark
August 29 | 5:30 PM
*includes a Club Room happy hour and tickets to the game

Philanthropy Project: AVDA Trick or Treating set up
October TBD

Member Perk: Honoring Texas Victims Dinner
October 15  | The Post Oak Hotel
*includes a special individual ticket rate

Member Social: Spirit of Giving
December TBD

Philanthropy Project: AVDA Toy Drive set up
December TBD


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