Benefit Lunch

2013 Benefit Lunch

It's Everyone's Business to Stop Domestic Violence

We packed the JW Nordstrom room on Tuesday, October 22, with about 300 business and community leaders united in our commitment to end domestic violence!

Together, we raised over $187,000 for New Beginnings' life saving programs. For the first time in our history, we received 20 multi-year pledges, raising an additional $65,000 for 2014 and 2015, for a grand total exceeding $252,000! Your support made this possible!


Aileen, a participant in our Community Advocacy Program, expressed her gratitude to New Beginnings' advocates for helping her reach safety and build a better community while leading by example.

Our Keynote Speaker, Anna Minard, Staff Writer at The Stranger, challenged us all to lean forward: 

"I am still, now, awestruck by the level-headed, good-natured, hard-working people who face, every day, stories that make your stomach clench. Stories that make you want to take a step back - all around you here, there are people who lean forward instead."

New Beginnings leans forward every day. We stand with survivors who reach out for help and we support them with the resources they need to build new lives safe from abuse.

You have our deepest gratitude for leaning forward with us!


To learn more about the event, or how you can be involved with New Beginnings' fundraising events, please contact Leeza Hayes, Special Events Coordinator, at 206.783.4520 or



A Special Thanks to Our Sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor

Nordstrom Logo


Signature Sponsor

Anne and Wayne Gittinger


Premier Sponsors

Duane and Debbie Covey Foundation


Muckleshoot Indian Tribe 








Major Sponsor





K&L Gates Logo





Lane Powell 





Propel Logo

PSB logo





Event Underwriter

Banner Bank                  



        Caincross and Hemplemann


          Dorsey & Whitney LLP




Pacific Continental Bank      Peterson Sullivan





In-Kind Sponsors 

Anni Shelley, Graphic Designer

Brown Bear Car Wash

City Catering Company

Cupcake Royale

Finelight Photography


Little Shirley


The Massage Sanctuary, LLC




Domestic violence is not just a personal issue. Its effects spill out into our entire community, including the workplace, resulting in lost productivity and the very real danger of violence on the job. The Family Violence Prevention Fund has said it best: It is crucial that domestic abuse be seen as a serious, recognizable, and preventable problem like thousands of other workplace health and safety issues that affect a business and its bottomline.

To learn more about the workplace costs of domestic violence, click here.