Few things can give an Angeleno chills as they generally have already seen and heard about almost everything. The powerful and moving stories of the survivors heard at the Face Forward International Gala undoubtedly moved natives and transplants alike, even to tears. One cannot help but be captivated by the extreme cruelty endured and powerful resilience of these victorious survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking.
What can you do to help? Enter: Face Forward International. The organization provides emotional support to victims of domestic violence in Beverly Hills, CA. If you missed the gala this year, mark your calendar for next year, after all, it was rated “Best Gala” by LA Magazine so it’s confirmedly not to be missed! The gala this year took place at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on September 14th. Men in formal kilts and women in Scottish-themed or traditional gowns invoked the “Scottish Highland” theme of the event. Highlights of the evening included Scott Neeson of Cambodian Children’s Fund receiving the Humanitarian of the Year Award from Caitlyn Jenner, presentations from Latoya Jackson also a domestic violence survivor and advocate for Face Forward Internationals work. There was also a performance by Major and an intimate performance up-close with Celo Green (and band) ended the evening in spectacular fashion playing all his hits.
Face Forward International is headed by Deborah Alessi an impassioned advocate that can inspire anyone with her selflessness and devotion to the organization in bringing real change to individuals that are many times forgotten and marginalized. Her husband, Dr. David Alessi is a surgical artist and donates his time and talents to the patients of Face Forward International. Not only does this organization heal the outer scars left by the abusers but also commits to healing the internal scares with each patient needed therapy receiving it.
The organization has many events throughout the year you can attend, and support the amazing work they do to help these survivors. Find out more by following their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/FaceForwardLA/ If you are not in the Los Angeles area and still would love to help this wonderful charity they accept donations through their website and are taking in-kind donations for the 2020 gala throughout the year.