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Harbor House Will Show Women Love Without Borders at its Purple Door Luncheon


by Mellissa Thomas


Harbor House of Central Florida's Purple Door Luncheon banner

DOFW’s charity partner Harbor House of Central Florida will hold its 37th Annual Purple Door Luncheon Friday, October 11, 2013 at Sea World, Ports of Call at 11:30 a.m. According to its website, Harbor House offers sanctuary and empowers domestic abuse victims across central Florida by “providing safety, shelter, counseling, education, advocacy and justice.”

This year’s luncheon will posthumously honor Orange County Clerk of Courts Lydia Gardner with the Barbara Moore Award for her work towards ending domestic violence. In a brief phone interview with DOFW, Harbor House’s Chief Development Officer Michelle Palmer added that Gardner’s daughter will be flying in from London to accept the award in her mother’s honor.


Sharon Love receiving YWCA award

Sharon Love (left), with YWCA USA CEO Dr. Dara Richardson-Heron, receiving YWCA USA’s “Women of Distinction” Award for Advocacy and Civic Engagement

Sharon Love of One Love International will be the event’s keynote speaker. Love co-founded the foundation in 2010 in honor of her daughter Yeardley (pronounced YARD-ly) Reynolds Love, a University of Virginia lacrosse player who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend two days before her graduation. Since then, Sharon Love has spearheaded the movement to raise awareness of and abate relationship violence, which ties right in with Harbor House of Central Florida’s aim to end domestic violence.

Event tickets are $75 per person, thought corporate sponsorships are available. Proceeds will bolster Harbor House’s ability to offer domestic violence victims the hope they need to live victorious lives.

You can register here.


YWCA award photo courtesy of YWCA USA. Butterflies image and Purple Door Luncheon banner courtesy of Harbor House of Central Florida.

Mellissa Thomas headshotAbout the Author:
Downtown Orlando Fashion Week Chief Editor Mellissa Thomas is a Jamaica-born writer. She’s a decorated U.S. Navy veteran with Entertainment Business Masters and Film Bachelors degrees from Full Sail University in Winter Park, FL.

She’s currently available for hire, writing content for websites, blogs, and marketing material. She also writes poetry, screenplays, and ghostwrites books.

She has published three books, all available on Amazon.com, with her fourth set to release on Amazon.com and all digital devices in early January 2014.

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