Nine-time Grammy Award-winning recording artist Mary J. Blige will be performing at the 2012 Silver Rose Gala and Auction on April 14 at the Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows in Los Angeles.
Ranked by Billboard Magazine as the ‘most successful female R&B artist of the past 25 years, Blige has also been named one of the ‘100 greatest singers of all time’ by Rolling Stone Magazine. The Silver Rose Gala and Auction will raise funds and salute prominent community figures who advance Jenesse Center’s mission to protect families from the consequences of domestic violence. As a national non-profit organization, Jenesse Center provides a comprehensive program to help victimized families return to a place of “mental, financial, physical and emotional well-being”.
This year’s theme is “Welcome” and Avis Frazier-Thomas, Jenesse Board President, said, “We are honored and overjoyed to welcome one of the greatest artists of our time, Mary J. Blige. She exemplifies the heart of many women here in America and around the globe. Her music is a message of hope and joy, which is why it is such a privilege to have her join us to spread Jenesse’s message of hope to women and families everywhere. We chose the theme ‘Welcome’ because it’s a simple word that embodies the hopes and dreams of families looking for a fresh start. It’s the affirmation that lets people know they are home.”
Honorees at this year’s Silver Rose include Ingrid Roberts, Managing Director for First Picks Management and Xerox Corporation, who will be recognized at the Silver Rose Gala and Auction, and Paula Williams Madison, who will be recognized at the 4th Annual Halle Berry Celebrity Golf Classic on Monday, April 16, 2012 at Wilshire Country Club. The first ever Fannie Lou Harner Award will be presented to Schinal Walker, a former Jenesse client who is now an active spokesperson and advocate for women and girls overcoming domestic violence.
Walker said, “No matter what we are feeling, it makes it worse when we feel it alone. We must use our voice to educate these women and girls who are battered and abused or in danger of that, and I will not stop using mine. Never again will I silence my voice! I will continue to raise awareness and take a stance. This is just the beginning!”
Women from the Jenesse shelter will design the floral arrangements for this year’s event, which will be subsequently be available for auction at the end of the gala.
Silver Rose Gala Chair Pat Greene said, “We are proud of the women from our shelter who were hands on in designing our floral arrangements this year. I have seen the arrangements and they are stunning. What is more spectacular is the joy the women had in producing them and the pride they feel in not just designing the flowers but designing their own destiny to move towards hope and a fresh start in life.”
Halle Berry, Silver Rose Chairperson, said, “The Silver Rose Weekend will raise much needed funds and awareness to help families victimized by domestic violence. Over the past 14 years, I’ve watched the lives of countless families transformed and I am excited about the future for these families as we work to build on our success and bring an end to their suffering one family at a time.”
The event will feature a silent, live and national online action. Events are ticketed and open to the public.