Face Forward Charity Event - Building Confidence Toward a New Beginning

Founders of Face Forward, Plastic Surgeon Dr. David Alessi, and his wife, CEO of Alessi Skincare, Deborah Alessi, have officially launched their assault on domestic and gang related violence.  For 2009, they hope to stop domestic violence globally.

From the hours of 5 until 9 in the evening, the elegant Peninsula Hotel of Beverly Hills hosted the First Annual Fundraiser for Face Forward.  Hosting the event was none other than Kim Coles, a talented actress, comedian and TV Personality. 

Actress Kim Coles was the host

The event was sponsored by American Airlines, Alessi Skin Care, the Alpha Surgical Group, Restylane, Allergen and Tony Burch to name a few. 

Live music from Joef of the Gypsy King Family was playing, as complimentary wine and champagne was served.  Tasty h’orderves were passed around and a buffet of skewers and risotto filled the stomachs of those that were hungry.

Live music performance

Skewer and risotto uffet

Guests had the opportunity to bid on some extraordinary items in a silent auction, as well as a live auction that was presented later in the evening.  Sports memorabilia, music items, trips, art and a variety of other amazing pieces were up for bids.

Some of the many items up for bids in the silent auction

Face Forward was established in 2007 and has an incredible mission to provide physical and emotional reconstruction for women and children who have been victimized by domestic or gang related violence.  Statistics show that at least one in three women globally have been physically abused. 

Approximately half of all murders and disfiguring assaults in major metropolitan areas are gang-related.  It is estimated that every 15 seconds a domestic violence incident occurs. This averages to over 2.5 million victims a year.

Letters have been sent to Face Forward from all over the world from women sharing their stories of unfortunate events and the strength that they have exuded to change their lives around.

”My heart smiles, for there are angels that walk the earth.”  One story shared dealt with a woman who had received a scholarship and completed school with straight A’s.  However, her home life was not as rewarding.  There were days that she would come home 5 minutes late, and her partner would beat her up.  She was not allowed to drive and had many restrictions placed on her.

After 20 years, this woman gained the strength to leave her partner.  It was said that “if you are determined to erase the past, it can happen”.  “I know God exists, and I am living proof”, was another statement shared.

Also present at the event were the Sisters of the Good Shepard.  This organization has been working for over 300 years and in over 70 countries.  An award was presented to Sister Anne Kelly, who oversees the Sisters of the Good Shepard.  Mr. and Mrs. Alessi wanted to show their gratitude for all that the Sisters have done.

Sister Anne Kelly receiving an award from Dr. David Alessi and Deborah Alessi

Sister Anne Kelly had a beautiful speech in which she said, “they (the women) are the heroes, not me.”  “Domestic violence is a system of power and control.”

Sister Anne Kelly and Sister Eileen attended the event

Overall, the Face Forward charity event raised over.  It was an amazing night that inspired many to help in the fight against domestic violence.

Face Forward is a non-profit organization and over 90% of all donations are put towards victim treatment and recovery.  For more information or to make a donation, please visit www.facela.net


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