Philanthropic Restoration Company Supports Domestic Violence Awareness Fundraiser 

BOCA RATON, Fla.Venture Construction Group of Florida (VCGFL) sponsored the Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse, Inc. (AVDA) Heart of a Woman Luncheon. The annual fundraiser was held on Feb. 28 at the Royal Palm Yacht Club in Boca Raton. The event began at 10:30 a.m. and included speakers, networking, lunch and a luxury raffle. VCGFL is a long-term supporter of AVDA’s fundraising events.

“The work that AVDA does is life-changing for so many who are affected by domestic violence. We are honored to support them. It is critical to continuously raise awareness,” says Sandra Lawson, director of operations, Venture Construction Group of Florida, founder of Gemma’s Angels Foundation.

The event keynote speaker, Tarana Burke, is the founder of the ‘me too’ movement. Burke has more than 25 years of dedication to social justice. The #metoo hashtag campaign became a voice for those who have survived sexual assault and harassment. Burke shared her story on how the international movement began, and how it supports survivors.

AVDA’s mission is to promote violence-free relationships by offering alternative choices to end the cycle of domestic abuse and violence. AVDA provides a state-certified domestic violence center, 24-hour crisis hotline, emergency and transitional housing, advocacy and counseling to help victims live violence-free and self-sufficient lives. AVDA’s philosophy – prevention through education, advocacy and intervention is the ultimate goal.

“We were honored to have Tarana speak this year. What a powerful story! The ‘me too.’ movement has helped many who were suffering in silence come out of the woodwork, eliminate their shame and reclaim their voice. We have seen a prominent rise in calls since the movement began. AVDA diligently works throughout the community to help engage and educate. VCGFL’s support helps make our mission possible,” says Jennifer Rey, program services director, Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse.

VCGFL is a major advocate for giving back to the community. Ongoing domestic violence initiatives are encompassed in the company’s annual corporate giving campaign. Recent events and sponsorships include the AVDA’s 19th Annual Race for Hope in Lake Worth, Kendra Scott Gives Back Party in Boca Raton benefitting AVDA and the Gemma’s Angels Foundation, Domestic Violence Awareness Month Ceremony in West Palm Beach, Legal Aid Service of Collier County (LASCC) Take a Stand Against Domestic Violence 5K Run/ Walk in Marco Island, Purple Pajama Party in Stuart to raise funds to support programs to help families in need of secure living environments.

About Venture Construction Group of Florida

Founded in 1998, Venture Construction Group of Florida (VCGFL) is an award-winning leader in construction, restoration, renovations, roofing, storm damage repairs, and 24/7 emergency services throughout Florida, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Bahamas and the Caribbean. Specializing in industrial/ commercial projects, VCGFL assists property managers, condominium boards, homeowner associations, association boards, hotels, and business complexes with general contractor services, specialty construction, historical restoration, water and flood mitigation, and property repairs due to fire, flood, water, wind and hurricanes. With offices in Boca Raton, Ft. Myers, Naples, Panama City Beach, Orlando, Stuart, Tampa, San Juan, and Nassau, VCGFL is committed to operational excellence and exceptional customer service. VCGFL takes care of the details every step of the way including roofing, siding, windows, drywall, flooring, paint, gutters to rebuilding properties after major storm events from hurricanes, tornadoes, and hailstorms. VCGFL holds leading industry awards including the Roofing Alliance MVP AwardCoatings Pro Contractor AwardPro Remodeler Forty Under 40 AwardQualified Remodeler Top 500 Remodelers AwardQualified Remodeler Master Design AwardFlorida Roofing and Sheet Metal Contractors Association S.T.A.R. Spotlight Trophy for the Advancement of Roofing Awards in Sustainability and Community Service. CEO Stephen Shanton is an esteemed member of the prestigious Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC). Entrepreneur Magazine hails “YEC Consists of Some of the Most Well-Respected Minds in Entrepreneurship.” Shanton is a certified member of the WindStorm Insurance Network™ and is a WIND Certified Umpire®, WIND Certified Appraiser®, and WIND Certified Fellow®. VCGFL carries the industry’s leading accreditations and is an exclusive certified National Storm Damage Center Preferred Contractor, Certified Member of the United Association of Storm Restoration Contractors. VCGFL is a proud member of Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS) Industry Members Association (EIMA); Florida Roofing and Sheet Metal Contractors Association (FRSA); Insurance Appraisal and Umpire Association (IAUA); National Association of Home Builders (NAHB); National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA); Property Liability and Resource Bureau (PLRB); Restoration Industry Association (RIA). VCGFL is a registered U.S. Federal Government Contractor and holds leading certifications including Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor, Mule-Hide Legacy Contractor, Certified CertainTeed Contractor, and Duro-Last Certified Contractor status. VCGFL credentials have been vetted and screened through independent third-party Global Risk Management Solutions. For more information, call 866-459-8351 or visit us online at

About Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse (AVDA)

AVDA has been a safe haven for thousands of victims of domestic abuse. Adults and children are provided 24-hour, 7 days a week emergency shelter, crisis counseling, food, clothing, individual and group counseling services. AVDA promotes violence-free relationships and social change by offering alternative choices to end violence and domestic abuse. Learn more at

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Venture Construction Group of Florida Sponsors AVDA Heart of a Woman Luncheon