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On February 8th, Joyful Heart's committees partnered with Sugarfina to host a fun evening of candy tasting and shopping for a cause. Guests at this public event sipped sparkling water and champagne and sampled scrumptious champagne gummies, dark chocolate caramel hearts, butterfly gummies, and cherry heart gummies. Thank you to Sugarfina for opening your hearts and stores in New York, San Francisco, Manhattan Beach, Beverly Hills, Pasadena and Honolulu.
On December 1, 2016, 40 members of our tri-state-based community gathered at the home of Joyful Heart board member Sukey Novogratz and her husband, Mike, for a TALK event. Nancy Jo Sales, author of American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers, discussed how social media shapes and influences the minds and hearts of young girls, and its connection to violence against women.
On November 19th, our San Francisco Bay Area Committee hosted its first fundraiser, a SoulCycle ride to benefit Joyful Heart's Healing, Education and Advocacy work in California. The event brought together 54 teens and adults and a tremendous amount of energy, for a fun and inspiring ride. Thank you to SoulCycle for hosting us, Sugarfina for providing post ride treats, our committee for bringing together an amazing group of individuals and to all of the riders for your generous support.
On November 17th, 37 members of our joyful community gathered for our first Los Angeles Committee Holiday Boutique, hosted by members Jenny Belushi, Jill Eisenstadt-Chayet, Colleen O'Brien and Vanessa Frank. Guests were treated to a private shopping experience featuring select vendors: fine jewelry from Lizzie Mandler, cool vintage beads, pendants and delicate designs from Hiji Designs Jewelry, hand poured soy candles from Voyage EtCie, caftans and wraps from Jules Allen Cashmere, and customized boutique alcohol packages by Pharmacie LA and Hi-Lo. Fifteen percent of sales were donated to support Joyful Heart's Healing, Education and Advocacy work in California. Stay tuned for new items from these vendors, hitting our heart shop in 2017!
On November 15, 2016, Joyful Heart Foundation’s GenerationJOY committee hosted its first TALK event. GenerationJOY is a group of next generation advocates committed to using their voices and resources to support Joyful Heart’s vision of a world free from sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse.
GenerationJOY partnered with 2nd Time Around, a high-end consignment boutique chain, to create a pop-up shop to benefit the Joyful Heart Foundation. The event brought together GenerationJOY committee members and supporters in New York City to shop and learn more about ways people can support survivors when they disclose their stories.
On October 27, 2016, Los Angeles Committee members Jill Eisenstadt-Chayet, Heather Mnuchin, Wendy Landes, Kadie Chambers, Erica Fisher, Andrea DeKoning, Jane Buckingham, and Susie Sheinberg hosted a private shopping event at Jimmy Choo in Beverly Hills to benefit the Joyful Heart Foundation. The event brought together committee members and supporters from throughout Southern California to celebrate National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Joyful Heart's work by shopping for a cause.
On September 29th, Carolina Herrera, in partnership with the event committee: Heather Mnuchin, Jenny Belushi, Jill Eisenstadt-Chayet and Wendy Landes hosted 40 members of our joyful community for a private shopping event at their new Beverly Hills location. Ten percent of the evening's sales, as well as those made for a two week period leading up to the event were donated to support Joyful Heart's work to end sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse. The event was a true success, with supporters shopping for a cause while learning more about our work to support survivors.
On September 28, 40 members of our joyful community gathered at the Belushi residence to TALK with our featured speaker, Nancy Jo Sales, who presented on her latest book, American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers. Nancy Jo shared her findings in traveling across the U.S. to speak with over 200 girls, ages 13 – 19, to talk about social media, online bullying, dating sites, consent, pornography, and rape culture. The discussion was both illuminating and provocative, but all with the goal of equipping parents with the resources necessary to support our youth as they navigate the on and off line worlds of friendship, dating, and growing up with technology.
On September 4, more than 300 members of our Hawai‘i community gathered at the beautiful Kahala Hotel & Resort to celebrate Joyful Heart’s journey to end sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse forever. We joined together to honor the brave hearts who walk this path with us—making our work possible. Our work in Hawai‘i, our birthplace, reflects and informs Joyful Heart’s national initiatives.
It was in the islands and oceans of Hawai‘i that Mariska first envisioned Joyful Heart. She founded Joyful Heart in Kailua-Kona, with the intention of helping survivors heal and reclaim joy in their lives. We could not have foreseen that in just 12 short years, Joyful Heart would be recognized as a leading voice in healing, education, and advocacy. Our Joyful Mele celebration honored the meaningful progress we’ve created with our community, while looking to our future—the path ahead—to the end of this violence.
Joyful Heart’s Mahalo Dinner is a celebratory evening to express our gratitude to the bright lights—partners, supporters, board members, volunteers—who share our commitment to and vision of a world free from sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse. The intimate dinner, held a few days before our Joyful Mele Gala, brings together new friends and old as we acknowledge our founder, Mariska Hargitay, and the meaningful changes we are creating with the courageous individuals who have joined our work in Hawai‘i.
In the days before our event this year, the weather forecast expected Tropical Storms Madeline and Lester to bring wind and rain to Oahu on Friday and throughout the weekend. With the winds blowing and clouds looming, our friends Chef Ed Kenney and his wife Spanky graciously offered us shelter from the storm at Chef Ed’s Mud Hen Water restaurant. We are so deeply grateful to them for giving us such a beautiful place to share a festive evening of music and connection. In case you are wondering about the name, Mud Hen Water comes from the translation of Wai‘alae, the street the restaurant is located on—Wai means fresh water and ‘Alae is the mud hen, an endangered species of waterfowl—the watering hole where the mud hen gathers.