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St. Patrick’s Day by the Bay Fundraiser has Live and Virtual Options

St. Patrick's Day by the Bay

Emcee Mark J. Thomas

Attendees from the 2020 Event

New Directions for Women Celebrates 45 Years of Recovery at Annual Circle of Life Breakfast on St. Patrick’s Day

We’re excited to bring back an in-person component to our longtime, sole fundraising event with an option for virtual attendees.”
— New Directions for Women Board Chair Barbara Wiggs-Nelson
NEWPORT BEACH, CALIFORNIA , UNITED STATES, March 2, 2022 / -- New Directions for Women (NDFW), marking 45 years of service in 2022, will present its 14th Circle of Life breakfast entitled St. Patrick’s Day by the Bay, A Celebration of Recovery on Thursday, March 17 supporting the nonprofit’s residential treatment for women and their children. The St. Patrick’s Day event will be held at the Balboa Bay Resort from 7:30 - 9:30 a.m. with a virtual attendance option from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. PST.

“We’re excited to bring back an in-person component to our longtime, sole 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 significant increases in mental health conditions and substance use,” says New Directions for Women’s Board Chair Barbara Wiggs-Nelson.

Emcee Mark J. Thomas will host the morning celebration featuring a special presentation by NDFW alumnae Sophie Pyne. Funds raised at the event will provide partial scholarships for women and their families covering 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 about NDFW, visit

A drawing for a stay at the Balboa Bay Resort will be featured 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.
The Balboa Bay Resort is located at 1221 West Coast Hwy, Newport Beach, CA 92663.

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

One of the country’s only nonprofit addiction facilities, NDFW was founded in part by Pamela Wilder with the support and assistance of the Junior League of Orange County. During a meeting, Pamela identified herself as a recovering alcoholic and asked for help and support in establishing a recovery program for women. With support from Marion Schoen, Muriel Zink, and Mrs. Betty Ford, NDFW’s addiction treatment program was created in response to a shortage of affordable and accessible rehabilitation treatment services for women suffering from alcoholism, substance use disorder and other related issues.

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


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New Directions for Women's Chair Barbara Wiggs-Nelson