IN 2016 Rebecca Halton joined the inaugural Path of Hope Gala committee where she met her future husband.
Three years later and as chairwoman of the gala committee, Mrs Halton will give birth to their first child two weeks after the fourth annual event that will be held on Saturday, May 18.
The LJ Hooker City Residential-Mandurah chief executive sat Lee Halton on her table with family and friends at that first ball because there was no space on the table with his colleagues.
“He asked me out for dinner that week and we got married three years later,” Mrs Halton said.
Path of Hope is a Rotary Club of Perth project that supports agencies and services, which provide safety and empowerment to people escaping family and domestic violence.
Mrs Halton saw Path of Hope founding chairwoman Rebecca Tolstoy speak at a function and sought her out for a coffee afterwards.
“Her message really resonated with me,” she said.
“We have a team of 60 staff and 85 per cent of them are women so it’s important I understand what the signs are.
“A lot of time it’s emotional and financial abuse so it’s important to be able to see the signs.
“Being in the real estate sector there’s ways we can help these women transition back in to life.”
Mrs Halton said the Path of Hope Gala was run by volunteers and promoted awareness of family and domestic violence with no fundraising on the night.
WHAT: Path of Hope Gala
WHEN: Saturday, May 18 from 7pm
WHERE: Crown Towers