Joyful Heart in the News

Mariska Hargitay, Actress and Founder of Joyful Heart Foundation to Speak At the National Press Club, March 13

March 11, 2013
Hawaii News Now
PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, March 11, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Mariska Hargitay, the Emmy Award- and Golden Globe Award-winning actress who stars as Olivia Benson on NBC's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, will speak at a National Press Club Speakers Luncheon on March 13.

Hargitay will discuss her career as an actress, and how her role inspired her to become an advocate for survivors of violence and abuse by creating the Joyful Heart Foundation.  Joyful Heart's mission is to heal, educate and empower survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse.  She will also talk about NO MORE Day of Action and the NO MORE movement that has been developed to increase public visibility of the issues of domestic violence and sexual assault.  Hargitay will also speak of her organization's work to end the backlog of untested rape kits in the United States, including the Foundation's work in support of the City of Detroit.

The Press Club Luncheon will begin promptly at 12:30 p.m., with remarks beginning at 1 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer session ending at 2 p.m.  Tickets cost $21 for Press Club members (NPC Members may purchase 2 tickets at this rate) and $35 for all other non-member tickets. 

For questions, please email or call (202) 662-7501. Tickets must be paid for at the time of purchase.

National Press Club Luncheons are webcast live on Follow the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #NPCLunch, or on Facebook at ( and Twitter (@PressClubDC). Submit questions for speakers in advance and during the live event by sending them to @QNPCLunch on Twitter. Or email a question in advance, type MARISKA in the subject line and send to before 10 a.m. on the day of event.

The Press Club is on the 13th floor, 529 14th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. Credentialed press may cover this event with ID.

About the National Press Club

The National Press Club is the world's leading professional organization for journalists with more than 3,300 members worldwide representing every major news organization. More than 250,000 people visit the Club each year to attend more than 2,000 events. The Club was founded in 1908 and is on the web at

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