DVS Announces 40th Anniversary Luncheon

SANTA BARBARA, CA, January 19, 2017 – Domestic Violence Solutions for Santa Barbara County (DVS) is pleased to announce their upcoming 40th Anniversary Luncheon – Stories of Courage and Triumph.

The luncheon will take place Sunday, February 12, 2017, 11:30 a.m., at the Fou r Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara and will raise awareness and funds to support victims of domestic violence. The afternoon will be a celebration of DVS providing 40 years of support and advocacy to the Santa Barbara Community.

This year’s event chair is Virginia Benson Wigle. For over twenty-five years, Virginia worked in the Santa Barbara non- Virginia Headshot 1profit sector, most recently serving as Vice President of Education for Planned Parenthood of Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo.

In her twenty year tenure with Planned Parenthood, Virginia served two terms on the California State legislative committee for Planned Parenthood affiliates, collaborated in writing and managing private, county, and federal grants, and developed and implemented health programs throughout the central coast. She participated and organized several local non-profit and school district steering committees including the Santa Barbara and Ventura County Public Health HIV/AIDS Taskforce, Central Coast Coalition for Responsible Parenting, Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo Teen Task Force.

Prior to working for Planned Parenthood, Virginia worked for the Rape Crisis Center and volunteered at the Shelter Services for Women. She served as a board member for the Carpinteria Lou Grant Parent/Child Workshop and the Carpinteria Education Foundation.

Virginia graduated from the University of California Santa Barbara with a degree in History and Art History. She currently lives in Santa Barbara with her husband John, and daughter, Ella.

This year’s guest speaker will be Joshua Magallanes. Joshua is an activist, educator, writer, and counselor with over 15 years’ experience in working in the anti-violence movement and LGBTQIA community. He holds a MA in Counseling from the Seattle University and is currently a professor and therapist at Highline College in Washington. Joshua serves as the committee chair for the LGBTQIA Task Force and is a board member for Gay City Men’s Health Project. Joshua teaches courses in global studies, cultural competency, and human services in addition to his private practice working with survivors of domestic violence.

Tickets for the luncheon are $125; seating is limited and only available for pre-sale. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

To purchase tickets or sponsor the event, please call 805.963.4458 or email zoee@dvsolutions.org

Domestic Violence Solutions for Santa Barbara County is the county’s only full-service domestic violence agency, committed to ending the intergenerational cycle of domestic violence through prevention and intervention services, and through challenging society’s attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors to effect social change. DVS provides the county’s only 24-hour shelter services for victims and their children, as well as transitional housing programs for domestic violence survivors. DVS also operates four 24-hour hotlines; accompanies law enforcement on domestic violence calls; works to prevent domestic violence through teen outreach and education programs; and provides comprehensive counseling services to men, women, and children affected by domestic violence

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