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Events by Year: 2016
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.