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On Saturday, June 18th, the GenerationJOY Committee of the Joyful Heart Foundation partnered with SoulCycle for a Summer Kick-Off Ride in Bridgehampton, NY to support the foundation’s work to transform society’s response to sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse, support survivors’ healing, and end this violence forever.
Almost 50 supporters participated in this ride hosted by Joe Aboud, Mel Cohn, Nicole Farkas, Emma Lasry, Melina Leodas, Ava and Sophia Schrager, and Becky Van Dercook. SoulCycle donated the 45-minute class and included songs inspired by Joyful Heart’s mission with lyrics focused on empowerment, hope, and love.
Each year, thousands of individuals do take the step of reporting their rape to the police and undergoing a rape kit exam. This invasive forensic examination of a victim’s body typically takes four to six hours to complete and is a testament to their hope for justice. And yet, hundreds of thousands of times, a decision is made by law enforcement and prosecutors not to process the kit for DNA evidence. It is estimated that there are hundreds of thousands of untested rape kits across the United States.
On Wednesday, June 1st, our San Francisco Bay Area Committee held its second TALK SF event focused on the rape kit backlog. Hosted by committee member Amy McNamara and her husband, Michael, the event gathered 45 individuals to discuss the appalling number of untested rape kits across the United States and delve into Joyful Heart’s advocacy work to enact reform on local, state, and federal levels.
In honor of Mother’s Day, next generation advocates Sophia Schrager, Ava Schrager, Emma Lasry, Ana Novogratz, and Gaby Novogratz hosted a Me&Ro shopping event on Sunday April 10th at the home of Rita Schrager to benefit the Joyful Heart Foundation’s transformative work. Other guests included: Phoebe Cates, Gary Cohn, Lisa Pevaroff Cohn, Alessandra Garcia, Anne McNally, Sukey Novogratz and Ian Schrager.
Me&Ro has been a proud supporter of the Joyful Heart Foundation since its inception in 2004. A special selection of jewelry debuted at the pop-up shop including items from the brand’s Joyful Heart collection as well as their 25th anniversary collection featuring limited-edition ebony and gold pieces.
On Tuesday, May 10, we gathered for our 2016 Joyful Revolution Gala at one of the great cultural institutions of the world: Lincoln Center's David Geffen Hall, in the heart of New York City.
With our Founder & President, Mariska Hargitay; our gala co-chairs Jessica M. Ambrose, Lorraine Kirke, Sukey Novogratz, and Carrie Shumway; our staff; board of directors; and broader community in attendance, we were proud to honor Vice President Joe Biden for his commitment to ending violence against women and girls, and with Verizon, a company with a long-standing and fierce commitment to ending domestic violence. A chorus of voices joined us on stage throughout the evening to celebrate these heroes and our progress: Tina Fey, Queen Latifah, Natalie Merchant, Anthony Edwards, Samantha Ronson, Raúl Esparza, Jemima Kirke, Mark and Danielle Herzlich, Kaumaka‘iwa Kanaka‘ole, Kekuhi Keali‘ikanaka‘oleohaililani, Shawn Pimental, and more.
On Thursday, March 10th, Joyful Heart board members Jenny Belushi and Heather Mnuchin hosted a TALK event in Los Angeles at the Belushi home. Over 30 guests gathered with our Los Angeles Committee for a presentation and conversation centered on Joyful Heart's survivor retreat research project with Georgetown University.
Sherisa Dahlgren, national clinical consultant, and Heather Masterton, Joyful Heart’s Director of Development & External Affairs for California, led guests through a presentation on Joyful heart's signature survivor retreat model and the promising research results it has produced to date.
On the evening of December 8, 2015 the Joyful Heart Foundation hosted our first TALK event in New York. An important part of our work at Joyful Heart is to raise visibility, encourage conversation, deepen understanding, inspire action and help break the deep social stigma surrounding domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse. Through our TALK series, we gather members of our community encourage conversation and discussion about these issues.
To celebrate the national launch of an updated capsule collection of limited-edition Michael Stars tees and tanks, Joyful Heart and Michael Stars held a shopping event at the designer’s Manhattan Beach store on December 3, 2015.
The event was hosted by Joyful Heart, Los Angeles Committee member, Kadie Chambers who invited her fellow South Bay Community members to shop Michael Stars's latest collection of ultra soft, sweaters, dresses, jackets as well as other pieces including their holiday line. At the event Michael Stars offered shoppers, sips and bites and generously donated 25 percent of the total sales from the event to Joyful Heart.
On November 5th, Joyful Heart held our first TALK event in San Francisco at the home of Beth and Anthony Armstrong. The theme of this discussion was building support for holistic healing opportunities for survivors and healers. It was also an opportunity for Joyful Heart to share—for the first time—our initial findings from our ongoing research project to evaluate the impact of our signature retreat model and develop a replication plan for national dissemination.
On October 25, 2015 more than 80,000 New York Giants fans said NO MORE to domestic violence and sexual assault at a special home game against the Dallas Cowboys in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. We were proud to join with the Giants and the White Plains-based domestic violence organization My Sisters' Place for this special day.
Neiman Marcus Honolulu has been a longtime supporter of Joyful Heart in Hawai‘i, having sponsored multiple events benefiting Joyful Heart, and in September, we were honored to join them for the Make Some Joyful Noise event in its Cusp department benefitting our work.