Deb Gordon spotlighted Dream Extreme — a kiteboarding event and fundraiser for victims of domestic violence — with its Founder Linda Argila and Sister Mary Nerney, Founder of STEPS to End Family Violence, which is the beneficiary of Dream Extreme.
Ms. Argila shared her personal story about how she became a philanthropist with a goal to help others, after spending one year in prison a decade ago. Ms. Argila started Dream Extreme which through STEPS to End Family Violence, helps and empowers other women who have also spent time in prison to overcome challenges and live their dream. Ms. Argila discussed the unique sport of kiteboarding which she is passionate about and is what Dream Extreme is centered around. There will also be many other activities at the event for those who don’t kiteboard including paddle boarding, yoga, and kayaking. Kiteboarding pros from around the world, celebrities and business leaders will join Ms. Argila to “kiteboard for a cause”.
Proceeds from Dream Extreme benefit STEPS to End Family Violence a Brooklyn based nonprofit organization, which Sister Mary founded in 1986 and helps to improve the lives of New York City’s most vulnerable children and women. The organization focuses on educating families and communities about violence prevention, promoting healing among victims, and advocating toward understanding of domestic violence and its effects on families and the entire community. STEPS touches the lives of over 5,000 New Yorkers each year. Sister Nerney spotlighted the organization’s Women in Prison Project, which advocates on behalf of women who are or have been incarcerated.