CORAL GABLES, Fla. (October 21, 2013) – Gov. Jeb Bush and Columba Bush are partnering with the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence (FCADV) Foundation to increase awareness of the devastating impact of domestic violence on families and communities. And in a continuing effort to support Florida’s 42 certified domestic violence centers, the Foundation is hosting its second annual “Door To Hope” reception and dinner at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables at 6 p.m. on Oct. 26.
During Jeb Bush’s tenure as governor, he and Columba worked with the FCADV to create significant public policy measures that focused on safety, standards, and accountability, along with holding perpetrators responsible for their violent actions. In addition to event hosts Gov. Jeb and Columba Bush, this year’s Door To Hope event will bring together legislative leaders and a wide range of businesses, all united to support efforts to end domestic violence.
“During my time as First Lady of Florida, I visited domestic violence shelters throughout the state and spent significant time talking with women and children who fled their homes the night before with nothing but the clothes on their back,” said Mrs. Bush, a founding board member of the newly formed Foundation.
And while government plays a key role in fighting this problem, businesses also need to play a part, said Lorna Taylor, CEO of Tampa-based Premier Eye Care, and Board Chair of the FCADV Foundation. “Federal, state, and local funding play a crucial role,” she said, “but it is incumbent upon the private sector to be a key partner in sustaining services to domestic violence victims and their children.”
For more information about attending the event, contact the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence Foundation by e-mailing to firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 850-284-4352.