On April 26, 2015, John Varvatos, Foundation Board member and men’s fashion designer, hosted the 12th Annual John Varvatos Stuart House Benefit – Bring Your Heart to Our House, Chris Pine served as Honorary Chair of the event. Presented by Chrysler, with a spectacular carnival-themed kids’ tent created by Hasbro, the event featured a brilliant live performance by Ziggy Marley. Over 1,800 guests, many of them children, enjoyed an afternoon of delicious food, luxury shopping, live and silent auctions, and fun children’s activities. Held in West Hollywood at the John Varvatos boutique, the event raised funds for Stuart House – the Rape Treatment Center’s internationally recognized model program serving sexually abused children.
On April 13, 2014, Foundation Board member, John Varvatos, hosted the 11th Annual John Varvatos Stuart House Benefit – Bring Your Heart to Our House. Presented by Chrysler, with Honorary Co-Chairs Amy Adams and Darren Le Gallo, and an amazing kid’s tent created by Hasbro, the event featured a live concert performed by Willie Nelson and Sons. More than 1,500 guests enjoyed an afternoon of great food, luxury shopping, live and silent auctions, and fun filled children’s activities. Held at the John Varvatos boutique in West Hollywood, the event raised funds for Stuart House – the UCLA Rape Treatment Center’s internationally recognized model program serving sexually abused children and helped shine light on the special needs of these young victims.
The Rape Foundation Annual Brunch, held on September 29, 2013, was hosted by Emily Deschanel (Bones), and Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother) and emceed by Board member, David Schwimmer. Deschanel and Radnor spoke to an audience of close to 700 people with powerful statements about their experiences visiting the Rape Treatment Center and Stuart House.
The Foundation also recognized three special dads, Judd Apatow, Albert Brooks and Eric McCormack, for supporting The Rape Foundation’s work and helping to educate other men about their unique roles in the prevention of sexual violence. Founding Board member, Norman Lear, was also honored for his groundbreaking work that raised the nation’s consciousness about rape.
The Rape Foundation also honored LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and personnel in his department for outstanding investigative and forensic crime lab work that led to a conviction in a complex case involving the sexual abuse of two young children.
The Rape Foundation Annual Brunch, held on October 14, 2012, was hosted by Academy Award nominated actress, Viola Davis, and honored Foundation Board member, Norman Lear. Davis spoke to an audience of 800 people with powerful statements about her experience visiting the Rape Treatment Center and Stuart House in addition to sharing her personal connection to sexual violence after seeing how it affected a family member.
This year’s event honored Norman Lear for being a pioneering male voice advocating for victims of rape. He raised national awareness about rape in 1977 after creating an episode of All in the Family that focused on one of the main character’s experience being raped. This episode, “Edith’s 50th Birthday”, reached 40 million people and forever changed the nation’s consciousness about rape.
Special guests this year also included Pennsylvania Attorney General, Linda Kelly, and her Chief of Staff, Bruce Beemer, who were recognized for their work in prosecuting Jerry Sandusky.
The Rape Foundation Annual Brunch, held on September 25, 2011, was hosted by cast members of MAD MEN, including Jon Hamm, Christina Hendricks, Vincent Kartheiser, Elizabeth Moss, John Slattery, and Aaron Staton. J.K. Simmons, a versatile and beloved actor, served as the emcee. MAD MEN cast members spoke to an audience of 800 people with powerful statements about their experiences visiting the Rape Treatment Center and Stuart House.
The Rape Foundation was proud to honor these outstanding actors for their brilliant performances in MAD MEN that have created one of the most thoughtful, intelligent, and entertaining shows on television. MAD MEN has been called a “history lesson.” It illuminates the social mores, attitudes, and sanctioned behaviors of the era in which the show is set. We see and feel the human impact of sexism, racism, homophobia, and related inequities and workplace politics as they were expressed in a different time.The Rape Treatment Center confronted many of these challenges when it was established in the 1970s.