Human Options gave its 2017 Dove Award to Julie Hill at its “Serious Fun” gala at Balboa Bay Resort on Saturday.

The Irvine-based nonprofit serves domestic violence victims; last year marked its 35th year of operation.

Hill, a past board chair of the group, has supported it since 1993. As chief executive of U.S. operations for U.K.-based builder-developer Costain Homes she helped lead a public-private partnership that built Human Options’ emergency shelter, specifically designed for domestic violence victims, the nonprofit said.

The nonprofit said she led Human Options’ board through a period of “substantial” growth.

Hill’s career includes founding Hiram-Hill Development, a land-development company in Newport Beach and Newport Beach-based consulting and investment firm Hill Co. She's also served on several corporate boards, including insurer Indianapolis-based Anthem Insurance Companies Inc. and took over the reins of the University of California-Irvine Foundation this month.

The gala raised more than $500,000 for Human Options, according to committee co-chair Wendy Peterson.