Events by Year: 2009
On a sunny Saturday morning in LA, the Joyful Heart Foundation joined philosophy on Saturday to raise awareness about the need for domestic violence support services throughout California by building healing and wellness kits for women in crisis shelters. Our goal was to create enough kits to give one to each of the estimated 600 women currently being served in one of Los Angeles County's domestic violence shelters.
Mariska Hargitay, accompanied by Joyful Heart Board members, staff and other guests, joined more than 450 civic and community leaders at Peace Over Violence's 38th Annual Humanitarian Awards Dinner. The event, held at The Beverly Hills Hotel, recognized the contributions of leaders across sectors in the fight against sexual and domestic violence. The annual fundraising dinner brought together a diverse group of leaders from the public sector, community organizations, private corporations and the entertainment industry to raise awareness on teen and adult sexual and domestic violence.
On October 22, medical experts, legal professionals, survivors of sexual assault and advocates, including staff and Board members from the Joyful Heart Foundation, joined New York State Deputy Secretary for Public Safety Denise E. O'Donnell at St. Luke's - Roosevelt Hospital in unveiling a new "rape kit" training video. The new video, A Body of Evidence: Using the NYS Sexual Offense Evidence Collection Kit, was designed for medical professionals to ensure that the inherently intrusive sexual assault evidence exam is less traumatic for victims and more productive for law enforcement.
On the evening of September 26, 2009, Joyful Heart's friends and supporters joined the Board of Directors and hosts Katie Couric, Marcia Gay Harden, Mary-Louise Parker and Ali Wentworth at Manhattan's Bon Appétit Supper Club & Café to toast Joyful Heart's Founder & President, Mariska Hargitay. Despite the rain, over one hundred twenty people turned out as guest chef Nate Appleman and musician Eric Lewis put their considerable talents to work to carry the message of healing and shine the light of hope for Joyful Heart.
On September 23rd, a team from Joyful Heart traveled to Saratoga Springs for the National Center for Women and Policing's (NCWP) Annual Leadership Conference, hosted by the New York State Police and co-sponsored by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services. The conference was attended by many of the top women in law enforcement from across the nation.
The session began with a screening of the JHF's film, The Joyful Revolution, followed by remarks from Joyful Heart's Executive Director, Maile Zambuto and a video message from our Founder & President Mariska Hargitay. Joyful Heart presented a session on the impact of vicarious trauma and the importance of self care. Trauma expert and the author of Trauma Stewardship, Laura van Dernoot Lipsky, led the session and engaged the audience in a frank discussion about the impact being on "the job" can have.
In early September, a wonderful gathering of the Joyful Heart Foundation community, including our program participants, local and national staff, consultants, funders, community leaders, partner organizations and friends assembled in the new office of the Joyful Heart Foundation in downtown Kailu-Kona to celebrate the opening and to partake in a traditional Hawaiian Blessing Ceremony.
People gathered in our office and on our lanai to enjoy beautiful locally grown food provided by Isabelle Crosby and her sister Caroline. The office was fragrant with many beautiful leis and flowers that were gifted to Joyful Heart to celebrate the occasion.
As part of our Heal the Healers program, Joyful Heart has partnered with the National Domestic Violence Hotline (NDVH) to create a year-long pilot program to determine how structured self-care coupled with an organizational focus on creating sustainable working conditions can have an impact on individuals working in the field of trauma.
The National Domestic Voilence Hotline Healers Retreat, held at the Crossings in Austin, Texas was the first of its kind to bring together healing professionals who all worked for the same organization. The group from NDVH represented leadership, frontline and executive staff, men and women, and individuals with varying tenures in the field.
Following Joyful Heart's successful Second Annual Gala, The Joyful Revolution, Board Member Peter Hermann along with JHF staff and program partners were invited to ring the opening bell of the NASDAQ stock exchange.
Prior to ringing the bell, Peter was invited by NASDAQ Vice President, David Wicks, to deliver remarks about Joyful Heart and its mission. Peter used the occasion to introduce the concept of the joyful revolution to a wider, global audience.
This year's event was held at Terminal 5, one of New York City's most exciting new venues, and the perfect setting for the launch of the Joyful Revolution.
Hosted by Debra Messing and Chris Meloni, the gala featured various events spread out over two levels — with joyful design and décor generously provided by David Monn — beginning with a cocktail party, dinner, and the premiere of the Joyful Revolution film, followed by an exciting live auction, musical performances by Sheryl Crow, Lupe Fiasco, and Paula Fuga, and an after-party spun by DJ Cassidy.
The Joyful Heart Foundation was invited by the Hawai‘i Community Foundation to the Tenth Annual Prevent Child Abuse Hawai‘i Conference. Held on Wednesday, April 29, 2009, at the Ala Moana Hotel in Honolulu, the event was designed to help parents, caregivers and professionals address ways the local community can work collectively to prevent child abuse and neglect. This year's theme was "Strengthening Families…Because Children Matter!"