Close to my heart….

This week is special for me since our annual Knock Out event is this Thursday.

18 years ago(!) this week my friend Cheryl Masri and I had a strong desire to do something to help women. At the time I had two friends who found themselves in severely abusive relationships.  One friend was thrown out of a car after being beaten so hard her husband broke his arm beating her, another one was locked in a closet after being beaten with a chair.  They were stories of violence I never thought imaginable. So Cheryl and I set out on a quest to rally women to help fund shelters for victims of domestic violence, women with no place to go when their lives were in danger. We wanted create an organization that gave women a place to join together in support of other women.

18 years later it’s a thriving non profit organization, and I’m so grateful to all the women and corporations who lend their support year after year. You are truly angels!!! Now (if you haven’t stopped reading yet because this is not about design…sorry) I want to share why we do this, and why LiveLikeYou donates 5% of all sales from GLAMOUR GIRL to Knock Out.

Here are some disturbing facts about domestic violence…

4 women a day are murdered in this country by their husband or boyfriend

1/3 of all emergency room visit by women are due to intimate partner violence

The number # 1 killer of an unborn child is the father of the child

Crazy statistics like this makes it impossible not to continue to donate time and effort.

Artist Shepard Fairey kindly donated this art as our new logo last year.

Every year we ask an amazing woman to be our chairwoman for our big event.

Cheryl, Jaci and me.

This year’s chair is the wonderful Jaci Reid who has worked tirelessly for the cause.  Three years ago she suffered a stroke, lied passed out for two days in her apartment, before someone found her. She was given a 3% chance of survival and was paralyzed and unable to speak.  With her incredible efforts, hard work and determination she is back to normal and enjoying her life. She has taken that incredible spirit and given it to Knock Out for the last few months.

Thank you JACI!!

This is a LiveLikeYou ad in the program on Thursday….it never hurts to be glamorous while supporting a cause….

5% of sales of all the Hollywood regency style items in the personality GLAMOUR GIRL on LiveLikeYou will be donated to Knock Out.

GLAMOUR GIRL ENTRY – (Erica Eriksdotter)

Here are just a few of the GLAM items that we donate 5% of sales from to Knock Out.





Thank You for letting me share about this. The event goes off this Thursday and I have a house filled with girlfriends who are flying in from all over the country to stay with us.

Anyone in the DC area…. maybe I’ll see you there?

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14 thoughts on “Close to my heart….

  1. Jill…not only are you talented but you have a wonderful heart 🙂 Congratulations on all of your hard work for such a worth cause. I was physically abused in my first marriage and glad I got out [after many tries] when I finally did.

    1. Hi Sherry, so glad to hear you got out. So many women sadly stay for many many years and never speak about it. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I found your blog from another one and I am just gaga over your space! You are very talented, and I am for sure becoming a new follower for all the latest! Thanks!

  3. Yes, Jill is just that great :~) She really is! And, her blog is something I always look forward to opening, amongst the gazillion emails I get a day, I think you will too, Amanda! I'm among a huge list of "Jill's friends"
    she has many, but her heart is just that big to encompass everyone, and she seems to have the capacity to remember everyone! I'm one of those "I don't know how she does it?" friends, but she does! And, to you Miss Jill- have a terific time w/ Konck-out, can't wait to see the pictures & hear how successful it was!?!
    Go knock-out abuse! love, Julie

  4. Jill, you have my support all the way! You are an amazing lady and a most wonderful friend to so many (including myself).

    Sending you and your organization tons of good energy.

    And I will need a new rug before the holidays! Let's chat about that soon.

    Warm hugs to you (and your friends),


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