On September 24th, 2016, Face Forward, an inspirational charity giving survivors a second chance, hosted its most important fundraising and awareness-building event of the year. The Seventh Annual Gala, “Havana Nights” took place at Vibiana, which focused on celebrating survivors and raising money for victims of domestic violence via donations and live and silent auctions. The exhilarating evening consisted of a cocktail reception, red carpet, a cigar lounge, VR viewing of Etihad Airlines short film with Nicole Kidman, seated dinner by Top Chef Master Neal Frasier, Latin inspired music, dance and decor and a special performance by Grammy winner Nelly. Following the dinner was the awards ceremony honoring individuals that have made a significant difference in this arena. The fundraiser’s goal was to raise more than $500,000 for those that have suffered severe physical abuse.
Face Forward is a nonprofit organization founded in 2007 by business woman Deborah Alessi and renowned surgeon Dr. David Alessi. Face Forward’s mission is to provide pro bono facial reconstructive surgery for victims of domestic violence and human trafficking. In 2015, Face Forward offered $750,000 in pro bono treatments to victims. Domestic violence is a serious issue affecting 1 in 4 women and more than 4 million women in the US alone.
To learn more about the organization and to show your support, please visit http://www.faceforwardla.org.
Venue: Vibiana | Coordination and Design: Sterling Engagements | Lighting, AV and Draping: Amber Event Production | Photographer: 2me Studios | Decor + Florals: Luna Gardens | Furniture: Lounge Appeal | Linen: LUXE Linen | Silverware + China: Classic Party Rentals | Food + Beverage: Chef Neal Fraser | Palm Trees: Jackson Shrub | Cigar Lounge: Mi Havana Cigars