The Retreat Vice President of Development Richard Demato and owner of Race Lane Restaurant Rowaida Plumen. (Eileen Casey)
- The Retreat
celebrated its 25th Anniversary at Race Lane
Restaurant on Thursday, March 1, with live music from Alfredo Merat
, and vocalist Lee Michel
with pianist Steve Skodlberg
, along with a huge crowd of community members, volunteers and supporters.
The Retreat Executive Director Jeffrey Friedman
indicated his gratitude "For the outpouring of community support we have always received." Friedman also revealed "This celebration is just amazing in that The Retreat has been recognizing and dealing with domestic violence now for the past 25 years. Those who have always helped us are to be thanked for the numerous lives they have touched with their care and generosity."
"The Retreat's mission is to provide safety, shelter and support for victims of domestic abuse and to break the cycle of family violence. In pursuit of [our] mission, The Retreat annually provides help for thousands of families."
With more than 100 volunteers, The Retreat offers numerous services including shelter, including childen; counseling and advocacy programs; legal accompaniment; referrals; and hotline services.
Oscar Mandes with Southampton Hospital President and CEO Robert Chaloner. (Eileen Casey)
Additionally, The Retreat reaches students with its in-school violence prevention education programs; community education, and addresses and educates "batterers to take responsibility for their abusive behavior and learn new strategies to cope with relationship issues."
The birthday bash celebration on Thursday drew a filled to capacity crowd of well-wishers and supporters who enjoyed the delicious (and donated) hors d'oeuvres, wine and beer provided by Race Lane Restaurant owners Jay
and Rowaida Plumen
; raffles offering some wonderful prizes, and the opportunity to visit with old and new friends in a show of support for the tremendous, and necesssary work The Retreat provides to our community.
With 100 percent of the evening's proceeds going directly to The Retreat, established in 1987, the evening provided an opportunity to give back to an organization which provides such vital and perhaps life-saving services to all community members.
The Retreat Executive Director Jeffrey Friedman and Karen Ross, Director of Non-Residential Services. (Eileen Casey)
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Eileen Casey spent many years working in the television and music industries in New York City on the "ABC In Concert" weekly series, as well as several prime time network and cable television specials. An award-winning journalist, editor, and artist, and former Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com, she enjoys staying warm in Charleston and cool in the Hamptons.