The largest lake-area event marking Domestic Violence Awareness Month took place Wednesday with the Citizens Against Domestic Violence brunch.

The largest lake-area event marking Domestic Violence Awareness Month took place Wednesday with the Citizens Against Domestic Violence brunch.

The brunch, an annual event for CADV, was the largest yet in 2014, with 54 tables decorated to the theme of "Favorite Vacation Destination."

Twenty-two restaurants provided food for the event, which was held at The Lodge of Four Seasons.

CADV, based in Camdenton, has assisted more people through Oct. 1, 2014 than all of 2013, covering 360 hotline calls and providing 2,596 bed nights for visitors.

CADV has also supported 319 new victims of domestic violence, including men, women and children, as well as supporting 466 ongoing victims.

"We have a big mission and every little bit helps," CADV Executive Director Angie Fiene said.

Brunch-goers also heard from guest speaker Vicki Jurica — an artist, writer and activist for sexual assault survivors. Jurica chronicled her experience as a survivor herself in her book, "The Pendant Project: My Journey to Awareness Through Art."

Jurica is also a Certified Life Coach who facilitates workshops with assault survivors throughout the country.

The 13th annual brunch had 54 sponsors.

CADV is now collecting supplies for the holidays. New items needed include:

•Gift cards to Walmart, grocery stores, clothing stores, etc.

•Children's toys, clothes

•Liquid laundry detergent

•Diapers

•Pull-ups

•Non-perishable food items

•Family Christmas dinner baskets

•Women's gifts (jewelry, lotions, candles, etc.)

To volunteer for CADV, contact Jackie at (573)346-9630 or visit www.cadv-voc.org.