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Joyful Heart was honored to join leading domestic violence organizations in California in November 2016 to form a Learning Circle, convened by the Blue Shield of California Foundation. The Circle came together for six months of facilitated learning sessions to explore each organization's practices that lift up survivor-centered approaches with the purpose of producing a white paper for funders and the field at large.
Survivors and supporters excitedly lined up outside The Martlet Tattoo Parlor in Hollywood, California on May 13 to attend an all-day flash tattoo fundraiser to support Joyful Heart. The event organizer, Still Not Asking For It (SNAFI), promotes awareness and discussions of sexual assault and violence in our community and to say it is unacceptable.
Our Los Angeles Committee hosted a Spring Charity SoulCycle Ride on March 12 to benefit Joyful Heart's work to end sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse in California. Instructor Angela Davis — a five-time, all-American Olympian — filled the room with her magnetically positive energy as she led 50 adults on an inspiring ride.
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 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.
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.
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.