It’s been an intense week since the last One Room Challenge update. I was in NYC to visit the 911 memorial, something I’ve been wanting to do since staring right at Tower Two falling down that fearful day in Manhattan. Then the last day there again another horrible terror attack took place just a fewORC Week # 6 – An Intense Emotional Week
I have to admit – I kind of feel like I’m cheating because our lifestyle here is so easy. No siting in rush hour traffic, no clearing ice off the windshield, or freezing our butts off in the morning driving Luke to school. Instead we play a game of ping pong in the sun, beforeInside my (whirlwind) Week
This week is a special week for me as our annual Knock Out event is this Thursday.
18 years ago(!) this week my friend Cheryl Masri and I had a 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.Close to my heart….
It’s been a CRAZY BUSY week. Knock Out Abuse finally wrapped. Last Thursday was another sold out event at The Ritz Carlton in DC. 750 women came, as always in great spirits, to support women and children who are victims of domestic violence. Every year I dread the work that goes in to it, yet every year we have a blast, and I’m so happy we pull it off and are able to raise close to half a million dollars in one night. I’m not posting all the party pictures…instead I want to share some images of the style of the event, which had a retro vibe RED/Mad Men vibe this year. Andre Wells our genius event designer, is always in charge of creating the dreamy atmosphere.Another year another Knock Out
So thrilled to share with you the BEFORE/AFTER pictures of the shelter redesign! This morning all the designers and bloggers involved are linking up their blogs so you can surf around and view all the rooms Before/After in the shelter. You won’t want to miss it!! I’m hoping by sharing all this it might inspire other designers and people to do the same!!IT’S DONE!! Shelter – Before/After
I was going to wait and post this on Monday, but was so inspired by Jennifer Sergent at DCbyDesign blog’s swift call to action when I asked her to help, that I’m posting this today instead. Turquoise can wait, this can’t!
Fifteen years ago together with my good friend Cheryl Masri we founded Knock Out Abuse Against Women in DC, a not for profit organization raising funds and awareness for victims of domestic violence. Learning that the number one reason for emergency room visits by women in the US are due to domestic violence, 1 in 3 women will be abused in their life time, and 4 women a day in the US alone are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends, we just had to do something! The thought of the children having to grow up living in fear breaks my heart. And I can only imagine a mother’s desperate anguish not being able to shield her children from such cruelty.Gimme Shelter!