Blanche Garcia and S.O.F.I.A. Share Stories

Montclair-based organization, Start Out Fresh Intervention Advocates (S.O.F.I.A.) hosts Blanche Garcia at Ariane Kitchen & Bar in Verona on Jan. 22.

Have brunch with Montclair’s Blanche Garcia.

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Photo courtesy of S.O.F.I.A

On Sunday, Jan. 22, Blanche Garcia will join community members at Ariane Kitchen and Bar to show support for Start Out Fresh Intervention Advocates. Garcia is a television personality, interior designer, lifestyle guru and author of Empowered Design: A Design Plan for Living. In Empowered Design, Garcia shares personal struggles and stories throughout her journey.

In her book, Garcia emphasizes the importance of passion and creates an empowered “design plan” for life. She employs and explores tactics such as visualization, goal-setting and internal dialogue. Garcia hopes to use her experiences to inspire others. “Empowered Design is about creating the life you are meant to live starting from the inside out,” Garcia said.

Garcia will be discussing her book and her life philosophy over brunch at Ariane Kitchen & Bar. Garcia will read from her book, answer questions and encourage community members to lead lives of passion and persistence.

Tickets for this event are $55 and can be purchased online. The ticket includes a personalized copy of Empowered Design: A Design Plan for Living. A portion of the proceeds from brunch will benefit S.O.F.I.A., an organization Garcia supports. S.O.F.I.A. is a non-profit organization local to Montclair. S.O.F.I.A. is dedicated to giving domestic violence victims the support and assistance they need.

“I relate to the work of S.O.F.I.A. because I know what it feels like to want a better life, but not have the tools to get there,” said Garcia. “We share the belief that when you empower those with the tools they need, then you are giving them a fighting chance to succeed.”

“Community involvement continues to bring awareness to the on-going need to eradicate domestic violence,” added Cynthia Walker, Founder and Executive Director of S.O.F.I.A.

“Join the movement to help empower our youth by educating them on the value of a healthy relationship. Become an advocate today,” Walker said.

To purchase tickets to brunch with Garcia, visit To learn more about S.O.F.I.A., visit or call 862-251-6791.

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