by Matt Huckabay, Executive Director
I am deeply saddened to inform you of the passing of long time Center supporter Althea Hurley who passed away on January 27, 2020. Althea was a determined, passionate, and tireless advocate for victims of domestic violence and The Center for Violence-Free Relationships dating back to 1998.
I first met Althea when I joined with her as a member of The Center’s Board of Directors in 2005. I fondly remember this smart, blunt, no BS, to-the-point, stylish woman who refused to take “no” for an answer, and who proved to be one of the greatest professional mentors of my life. It was during our time together on the Board that when the opportunity presented itself, Althea encouraged me to apply to be the Executive Director. Once I got the job, Althea continued her unwavering support of me. Sometimes her support was public, although more often than not it was a phone call, a hand-written note, or a private comment in passing, “You’re doing a great job.”
Althea and I spent many hours together eating Shrimp Louie salads at Serrano Country Club and perhaps even more hours enjoying a glass of wine or a very stiff cocktail or two. We would talk about lots of things, but mostly about The Center. The conversation seemed to always end up with Althea asking, “What does The Center need?” It didn’t matter if my request was for a refrigerator, dinner for kids participating in one of our programs, a television for the Safe House, or funding to continue or expand services to our clients. “That’s all you need?” she would ask. “You have my credit card on file, I’ll call tomorrow and authorize you to use it so you can get what you need.” Her generosity and that of her family often would bring me to tears. Althea made certain The Center’s needs were met and in doing so she created a legacy which will forever remain part of The Center’s history.
On the morning of January 28th Althea’s daughter Michelle called to inform me of Althea’s passing the night before and asked if it was possible for friends and loved ones to continue Althea’s support of The Center by making donations in her honor. “It’s what she wanted and it’s what we want to do”.
It is my hope that you will join me in honoring Althea and continuing her legacy by contributing to the Althea Hurley Memorial Fund. It is what she would want and the one thing I learned during the course of my friendship with Althea is, nobody says no to Althea!