Starfish Circle

About Starfish Circle

The Starfish Circle was created to build a dynamic circle of philanthropic individuals who will have a strong, positive, collective impact on the issue of domestic violence by creating a permanent legacy through the Women In Distress Project SAFE Place Expansion Campaign.

In 2011, Women In Distress reached an organizational milestone with the move to the new Jim and Jan Moran Family Center in Deerfield Beach. The new facility enabled Women In Distress to increase the emergency shelter bed capacity from 62 to 132 and expand non-residential services such as advocacy and therapy for women, men and children.


To recruit 200 founding Starfish Circle members in our effort to raise $500,000 toward the completion of the Project SAFE Place Expansion Campaign.

How to Join
    1. Print
      • Complete this attached form and mail to Women In Distress P.O. Box 50187 Lighthouse Point, FL 33074
      • Scanned forms can be e-mailed to
      • Note: If you are making a pledge, please choose one of the two above options.
  1. Online
    • Click here to submit a one-time gift
    • If you’d like to make a pledge, please see above.

Dr. Lanalee Araba Sam
Medical Director, Elite
Obstetrics & Gynecology

“I feel it is an honor to be given the opportunity to stand amongst the visionary philanthropic few that will comprise the Women in Distress Starfish Circle. Knowing that through our contribution we begin a legacy of hope to the victims of the domestic abuse that has become endemic in our society, suffuses me with a priceless glow of satisfaction and accomplishment.”

Holly Hudson Bodenweber
Hudson Family Foundation

“As a steward of our community, I am privileged to be a part of such a worthwhile initiative through Women in Distress. The Starfish Circle is an important component to the longevity and continued success of this wonderful organization. Women in Distress touches so many lives in such a positive way throughout South Florida. It is extremely rewarding to be able to assist in securing a SAFE place for families now and in the future.”

Kathleen A. Grace
United Capital Private Wealth Counseling®

“Women are a powerful force in making a positive impact within our communities. The Starfish Circle embodies the greatness of how helping just one, impacts the lives of many.   Together, we can begin changing the world, by starting today. The only limitation is the extent of our gifted imaginations.”


Please contact Phyllis Bard, Director of Development, at (954) 760-9800 ext.1253 or