The Rape Foundation Annual Brunch, held on September 28, 2014, honored the Rape Treatment Center at UCLA – Santa Monica Medical Center on its 40th anniversary. The Master of Ceremonies, Board member David Schwimmer, thanked Ron Burkle for providing a sanctuary of serenity, beauty, warmth and light as the setting for this extraordinary event. Lily Tomlin made a surprise appearance to introduce her long-time friend, Jane Fonda, who made a powerful and moving speech while personally dedicating life-long support to the work of the Rape Treatment Center. Eric McCormack led the audience in an enthusiastic round of pledges of support for The Rape Foundation Capital Campaign for Stuart House, raising funds for the development of a new, larger facility for the Stuart House program that will expand the capacity of the internationally recognized program serving victims of child sexual abuse and their families.
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.
On March 10, 2013, Foundation Board member, John Varvatos, hosted The 10th Anniversary John Varvatos Stuart House Benefit – Bring Your Heart to Our House. Presented by Chrysler, co-chaired by Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck, with an amazing kids’ tent created by Hasbro, and featuring a live concert by Steven Tyler, and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, with special guest, Slash – the event was a spectacular success. Over 1,500 people came together to enjoy good food, shop, participate in live and silent auctions and listen to a spectacular musical performance. The event shines light on the issue of child sexual abuse and the work of Stuart House, the Rape Treatment Center’s internationally recognized model program created to meet the special needs of child victims.
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.