New Directions for Women Hosts Annual Circle of Life Breakfast at Balboa Bay Resort on March 17

New Directions for Women, marking 45 years of service in 2022, will present its 14th Circle of Life Breakfast titled “St. Patrick’s Day by the Bay, A Celebration of Recovery” on Thursday, March 17 at the Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach supporting the nonprofit organization’s residential treatment for women and their children.

The St. Patrick’s Day event will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. with a virtual attendance option from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

“We are excited to bring back an in-person component to our only long-running fundraising event with an option for virtual attendees. New Directions for Women has diligently provided a safe and caring treatment environment for women and their children for 45 years and our services have been particularly important throughout the pandemic, which has caused a significant increase in mental health issues and substance use,” said New Directions for Women’s. Board Chair Barbara Wiggs-Nelson.

former lecturer Sophie Pyne after graduating from USC

Master of Ceremonies Mark J. Thomas will host the morning celebration with a special presentation by NDFW alumni Sophie Pyne.

Funds raised at the event will provide partial scholarships to women and their families to cover costs associated with childcare, alumni programs and community support groups.

Individual tickets, sponsorships and table ambassador opportunities are available at or by calling (949) 313-1192. For more information on NDFW, visit

A drawing for a stay at Balboa Bay Resort will be presented along with other prizes. Event sponsors to date include Alera Group, Howard & Katherine Bland, Brown-Forman, Digital Intellect, Elmore Toyota, First Republic Bank, Nigro & Nigro, Proprius Medical Group and Rick & Tracy Weiner.

Founded in 1977, New Directions for Women provides exceptional gender-specific addiction treatment services that are family-centered, promoting healthy parenting, preventing domestic violence, and assisting with family reunification.

One of the nation’s only nonprofit addiction centers, NDFW was founded in part by Pamela Wilder with the support and assistance of the Junior League of Orange County.

Since its inception, more than 6,000 women and over 600 children have lived on campus, and more than 200 babies have been born to mothers who have completed their full program.

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