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Pleasantville Charity Plans Spring Gala In Tarrytown

Chappaqua's Dr. Alyssa Dweck, left, and Pound Ridge's Joel Seligman have been named co-chair of the annual Hope's Door Spring Gala.
Chappaqua's Dr. Alyssa Dweck, left, and Pound Ridge's Joel Seligman have been named co-chair of the annual Hope's Door Spring Gala. Photo Credit: Hope's Door

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – The annual “Evening of Hope” gala to benefit Hope's Door will take place May 3.

The Pleasantville-based organization works to combat domestic violence in Westchester County, offering counseling, emergency shelter, safety planning and a 24-hour hotline.

“Domestic violence does not discriminate. Regardless of socioeconomic class, race, gender and age, it is a serious issue today – even in Westchester,” said CarlLa Horton, Executive Director of Hope’s Door. “With such striking statistics, we as a community find ourselves asking: What can we do to help those who have been abused? It starts with offering programs to victims and creating preventative services for our youth. That is why we are here. Every human being deserves to feel safe in their home and in their relationship.”

The fundraiser will take place at the Abigail Kirsch at Tappan Hill Mansion in Tarrytown. Information and tickets are available online or at 914-747-0828.

Chappaqua's Dr. Alyssa Dweck and Pound Ridge's Joel Seligman have been named co-chairs of the annual Hope's Door Spring Gala .

An estimated one in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. Officials say the May fundraiser will help Hope's Door continue its services in Pleasantville, Ossining and White Plains. Hope's Door programs are free and confidential, as well as available in English, Spanish, Urdu, Hindi and Punjabi. The group operates a 16-bed emergency shelter in additional to numerous educational programs. Officials estimate the group has responded to more than 30,000 crisis line calls since its beginning 30 years ago.

“We welcome volunteers to help us answer our crisis line, provide childcare when moms need to be in court or at the doctor, help victims get settled in at our shelter, or simply read stories to children who have endured some really rough times,” Horton said. “We also accept gift cards, monetary donations, as well as items to help our families make the transition to a life free from abuse. We encourage everyone to help ending domestic violence everywhere, but it starts at home – in Westchester.”

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