Joyful Heart Cocktail Party

Tuesday, 1 January 2008
Los Angeles, CA

Make A Joyful Noise!

The event was held at 710 Milwood Avenue, Venice California. One of only a few LEED Platinum Certified homes in the country, project7ten was built as green as possible to serve as an educational model that creates a forum for smart discussion about environmental awareness.

On a gorgeous Sunday afternoon, 75 guests gathered to celebrate Joyful Heart, our role in launching Hope Shining and our expanded partnerships in LA.

Hosted by longtime JHF supporters Hilary Swank and Cristina Carlino, Founder and Executive Chairman of philosophy, the evening was a casually festive cocktail party, catered by LuLu Powers Catering and Flowers, run "joyful heart style."

Mariska is my best friend, and I truly believe in what Joyful Heart is doing to help create new possibility in the lives of so many women and will continue to do, with the help of individuals and the community. I am involved because I believe in Joyful Heart and the mission of the Hope Shining campaign which matters so deeply to me.

- Event co-host Hilary Swank

Guests included Kathy Najimy, Joyful Heart Board Members Peter Hermann, and Andrea Buchanan who were joined by some of the leading experts in the field of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse in LA including: Bob Pynoos, the Co-Director of the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress, Director of the UCLA Trauma Psychiatry Service and Executive Director of the UCLA Anxiety Disorders Section, Caroline Welch, director of Sojourn Shelter for Battered Women and Their Children, Dr. Lisa Guerin who facilitates training in Somatics, Trauma and Equine-Assisted Therapy at her Lionheart Ranch and many others who have dedicated their lives to serving survivors of trauma.

Hilary Swank, JHF Board Member Peter Hermann, Safe Horizon's Chief Program Officer Bea Hanson and philosophy's Cristina Carlino spoke during a short program including a tribute to Mariska Hargitay, Joyful Heart's Founder & President and the importance of supporting healing work for survivors.

Peter Hermann then introduced Hope Shining, a growing national movement to call attention to the impact of abuse on children. He thanked Capital One for their support as the Proud National Sponsor and unveiled the ads for a city-wide public awareness campaign to educate the public on the signs of child abuse. The campaign, will appear ion hundreds of buses, billboards in L.A. and in elevator screens across the country. Peter also revealed the findings of the L.A. Bystanders and Child Abuse survey, which is co-released by Safe Horizon and Joyful Heart and Sponsored by Capital One. 

There was a special "joyful lounge" where guests could view the impactful and informative JHF DVD, produced and directed by Board Member Andrea Buchanan. The DVD that tells the story of Joyful Heart's history and outlines the organizations work (click here for a clip from the video).

Information was also given out about Joyful Heart's unique and groundbreaking programs - informing the West Coast of JHF's rapid growth and outreach for survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse.

On the way out guests were given gift bags with items from philosophy, as well as information about JHF and the 10 signs of child abuse tip card. Click here for more information.

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