For an elegant evening as they kick off Domestic Violence Awareness Month on October 4, 2012 at the Brownstone in Paterson, NJ was the night of celebration presented by The New Jersey Coalition for Battered Women. All proceeds will benefit victims of domestic violence. The Hope-themed evening included a sumptuous three-course dinner, dancing, and live entertainment by R&B star, Me’lisa Morgan, and renowned folk singer, Ellen Bukstel. Both singers are special partners on the project. The sound system and musical entertainment will also be provided by Michael Lawlor. Michael is well-known for his involvement in New Jersey charities. Michael has received national recognition for his guitar playing expertise.
The event also feature a “Silent Auction”, with items such as a hot air Balloon Ride, a Spirit Dinner Cruise for two around New York City, and a Dinner Cruise on the Calypso Yacht which was recently featured on “The Apprentice” television show. The event featured a special show case that highlights, “Baring Our Soles” which is an exhibition that features shoes that were decorated by survivors of domestic violence. The shoes tell the stories of abused women, and raises awareness about domestic violence and sexual assault in New Jersey. The event is a collaborative project that featured shoes from NJCBW’s member programs across New Jersey.
In addition to celebrating survivors, NJCBW recognized individuals and organizations who demonstrated an outstanding commitment to end domestic violence. This year’s honorees included the late Carol Vasile, Senator Robert Menendez, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and TD Bank. The event featured Keynote Speaker, Assemblywoman Gabriela M. Mosquera, from the 4th Legislative District in Laurel Springs, NJ.
The emcee for the evening was Brenda L. Thomas. Ms. Thomas is a bestselling author, a nationally recognized domestic violence advocate and a motivational speaker. NJCBW is a non-profit statewide organization that has been advocating for victims of domestic violence and families since 1978, regardless of race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, abilities or socio-economic status.
NJCBW provides training, technical assistance and support to domestic violence programs throughout New Jersey.