Founded by actress and activist Mariska Hargitay, the Joyful Hearts foundation is an organization dedicated to the advancement of humanity. Their mission is to heal, educate and empower survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse, and to shed light into the darkness that surrounds these issues.
Since being founded in 2004, the Joyful Hearts foundation has been gaining recognition for spreading the universal message of hope around the world through their cause.
A recent event the foundation hosted was their annual Gala entitled The 2014 10th Anniversary Joyful Revolution Gala: Are We There Yet?”. Bill Lowe was grateful and honored to be invited this year by Mariska herself. He shares his thoughts of a truly life changing experience:
“Mariska Hargitay’s invitation to me to sit at her table at the Joyful Hearts Foundation Gala at Cipriani in New York was a life-changing event for me. I anticipated the usual glitterati and entertainment titans but was not prepared for the enormous impact of the powerful and essential work this magnificent organization performs. Their advocacy relates to sexual abuse and domestic abuse.
The thrust of their efforts to shift the collective mind about these matters is reflected in the launch of their “No More” campaign. At the event, we were introduced to this new campaign and the visceral emotional impact is beyond words. The Chairman of Viacom was seated at our table and he commented upon his organization’s vast capability to project this message out. Notable that evening was the riveting story told to the crowd by Peter Hermann, Mariska Hargitay’s husband, about his own sexual abuse during his early adolescence. His courage and strength shone through as he recounted in vivid detail the progression of the process his abuser employed to snare him. I cannot begin to convey how this impacted the room.
Seated at our table were other voices for this movement, ranging from Alec Baldwin to Harry Connick, Jr., Debra Messing, Ice-T & Coco to George Stefanopoulos and his wife, Allie. All were there in heart and exhibited a core commitment to helping end violence in our culture. The room was filled with 750 wonderfully motivated people, all of whom made real contributions to the success of Joyful Hearts.”
Bill Lowe Gallery intends to reach out to provide a platform for raising funds for this advocacy in the Southern United States. Stay tuned for more details.