Amanda Gephart (left) and Catherine Hollinger (right) accepting the Non-Profit Group of the Year award

On Saturday, May 19th, 2018, Laura’s House Women’s Guild received the Non-Profit Group of the Year Award, at the annual Ladera Ranch Community Services (LARCS) volunteer appreciation event.  Each year, LARCS recognizes local heroes. This year, Laura’s House Women’s Guild received the award.

Margaret Bayston, CEO and Director of Laura’s House said: “We are very proud of our Laura’s House community and the Women’s Guild for giving many volunteer hours of leading, organizing and supporting our not-for-profit. These efforts do not go unnoticed. Each year, our event is held to inspire fun, hope and awareness of Laura’s House and our mission.

This is such an honor. I am very proud of this group of women and what we have been able to accomplish, together, says Kathy Wood, President of the Laura’s House Women’s Guild. Our Annual fundraiser, Ladera Derby Day, is a wonderful and joyful day to celebrate Laura’s House and the community.”

As with tradition, the legendary Kentucky Derby was displayed Live on a large screen television for all to view. Guests witnessed Justify win and lawn games were also in play for prizes. Ladies and gentlemen guests walked the Laura’s House purple carpet to model Kentucky Derby attire and all efforts made, raised funds and awareness of Laura’s House. For more information on Laura’s House and events, please visit:

About Laura’s House Women’s Guild:

The Women’s Guild is a group of women volunteers with the unique privilege of working with the families affected by domestic violence. When families enter Laura’s House, they are in crisis mode. The Women’s Guild adds a little fun and normalcy to their lives, by providing the families in the Emergency Shelter and the Transitional Living Center with birthday parties and holiday celebrations. The smiles on the faces of the moms and children are so rewarding to all.

About Laura’s House:

Laura’s House Women’s Guild 2018

Guest watching the Kentucky Derby

Laura’s House is a nonprofit organization established in 1994 to provide domestic violence-related services.  It is the only state-approved comprehensive domestic violence agency in south Orange County, Calif., serving communities throughout Orange County and the surrounding regions of southern California. The mission statement is: Changing social beliefs, attitudes and the behaviors that perpetuate domestic violence, while creating a safe space in which to empower individuals and families affected by abuse.  Services include: Emergency Shelter, Counseling and Resource Center, Children’s Therapeutic Programs, Transitional Living Center, Legal Advocacy, and Community Prevention/Education and Outreach. In 2017, Laura’s House provided direct services to 3,821 persons and prevention/education and community outreach activities to 24,733 persons. Visit for more info.

Winners of the Dapper Contest

Winners of the Derby Hat Contest