This isn't quite a Valentine's Day story, in fact it starts out as the exact opposite.
Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse (AVDA) is a Certified Domestic Violence Center providing Palm Beach County with emergency shelter, a 24-hour hotline, support services for victims of domestic abuse, and prevention and education programs for the community.
AVDA's 3rd Annual "Heart of a Woman" luncheon was held on February 9, 2010.
The afternoon was marked with a welcome by Executive Director, Pamela O'Brien and "Words of Inspiration" from Jeannette Markus, and we heard from 2010 Honoree, Rosemary Kreiger, who was introduced by 2009 Honoree, Arlene Hyman
But the most moving moments were provided by the keynote speaker, Victor Rivas Rivers, actor, author and former football player, who talked about his childhood as a victim of domestic violence, the angels in his life who helped him turn it around and break the cycle of violenc for himself and his family.