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Orange County Gala



Sunday, September 16, 2018
5:00 p.m. Reception & Silent Auction
6:00 p.m. Dinner Program



The Ranch at Laguna Beach
31106 S. Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Join the Tahirih Justice Center as we celebrate 20 successful years as a national organization, protecting more than 25,000 courageous women and girls who refuse to be victims of violence. Together, we will honor our clients’ courage under fire and recommit ourselves to ending violence against women.

Funds raised at the Gala will help us provide legal and social services to women and girls seeking protection in the United States from gender-based human rights abuses such as rape, domestic violence, female genital mutilation/cutting, forced marriage, and human trafficking so that they may rebuild their lives in safety and with dignity.

To learn more about corporate sponsorships and ticket sales, contact Carey Eisenberg at or 571-282-6172.



For more information about ticket packages, contact Carey Eisenberg at or 571-282-6172.


Access to General Admission Gala Reception
Seated Dinner & Program


To learn more about corporate sponsorship, contact Carey Eisenberg at or 571-282-6172.

$50,000 +

20 Premier Seats (2 tables of 10)
Recognition on Tahirih social media
Invitation to attend sponsorship Gala launch party
Recognition at Sponsorship Level in Gala Materials*

$25,000 +

20 Premier Seats (2 tables of 10)
Invitation to attend sponsorship Gala launch party
Recognition at Sponsorship Level in Gala Materials*

$15,000 +

10 Premier Seats (1 table of 10)
Recognition at Sponsorship Level in Gala Materials*

$10,000 +

10 Premier Seats (1 table of 10)
Recognition at Sponsorship Level in Gala Materials*

$5,000 +

8 Premier Seats
Recognition at Sponsorship Level in Gala Materials*

$2,500 +

4 Premier Seats
Recognition at Sponsorship Level in Gala Materials*

*All sponsorships must be confirmed by June 28 for inclusion in print invitation, August 21 for inclusion in printed program, August 31 for inclusion on webpage and in on-screen presentation.

Committee Co-Chairs
Suzy & Jeff Elghanayan
Sarah & David Vanderveen

Committee Members
Eli Attai
Sage Bilick
Melissa Cavanaugh
Jennifer Condas
Darci Crawford
Niloofar Fakhimi
Cathleen Falsani
Ernest Gonzales
Christine Hallen-Berg
Tijana Hamilton
Eva LaRue
Deanne LaRue
Cathie Lawler
Noushin Malek Khosravi
Jeannie Michelle
Kerry Mogharebi
Mitra Nasab
Bill Peters
Karen Pierce
Ladan Rakshani
Kaira Rouda
Shideh Shayan Smith
Maura Short
Marjan Tavakolian
Caroline Wright
Poupak Zadeh

Eva LaRue is an Emmy-nominated actress best known for her starring roles on the television series “CSI: Miami” and “All My Children.” Besides appearing in dozens of television shows and films, she has been prominent on the philanthropic scene as a spokesperson for Beckstrand Cancer Foundation, National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, and the National Center for Disease Prevention’s Autism Awareness Campaign: Learn The Signs, Act Early. Eva is dedicated to ending violence against women and creating a world where women and men can live in equality.

COURAGEOUS VOICE SPEAKER: Aicha Abdoulaye Mahamane
From a young age, Aicha Abdoulaye Mahamane experienced violence in her origin country of Niger. After surviving sexual abuse, escaping female genital mutilation/cutting, and facing a forced marriage, she fled to Togo and then to the United States. Aicha arrived in New York in January of 2004 and for years suffered sexual assault, unpaid domestic servitude, and mental abuse at the hands of those who offered her shelter. She didn’t speak any English, didn’t have any friends or family nearby, and because of past experience with police, didn’t think she could call 911 for help. Aicha soon realized that without legal status, she would always be under the rule of someone else. She knew she had to seek real help. In December of 2012, 8 years after Aicha first arrived in the United States, Tahirih helped her file for asylum. In December 2017, just 9 months ago, her Green Card was approved! Aicha is now a full-time caregiver to her young son and is looking forward to starting her college education in nursing or social work.

Layli founded the Tahirih Justice Center in 1997 following her involvement in Matter of Kasinga, a high-profile case that established gender-based persecution as grounds for asylum in the U.S. Layli used her portion of the proceeds from a book she and Fauziya Kassindja co-authored about the case to launch Tahirih. Layli has been awarded Diane Von Furstenberg’s People’s Voice Award, Newsweek/Daily Beast’s 150 Most Fearless Women in the World, and GoldmanSach’s Top 100 Most Innovative Entrepreneurs. Layli began her career as an attorney-advisor at the U.S. Department of Justice, Board of Immigration Appeals before joining Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer, where she practiced international litigation. Layli lives in Greater Washington, DC with her husband, three children, and dog, Anis.

Thank you to our sponsors!

Continuum Analytics
Lugano Diamonds

Suzy and Jeff Elghanayan
Sarah and David Vanderveen

Brotman Foundation of California
Melissa and Jeffrey Cavanaugh
Deborah Drucker and Lee Rocker
Christine Hallen-Berg and Vincent LaBarbera
Cathie and Michael Lawler
Noushin and Benny Malek Khosravi
Modern Luxury Orange County
Kerry Mogharebi and Domenick Flory

Morgan Stanley
Planet Beauty
South Coast Plaza


The Ranch at Laguna Beach
S., 31106 Coast Hwy
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Complementary valet parking is available.