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24th Annual Knock Out Abuse Gala on November 2nd, 2017


This year, we are experiencing an overall surge in interest to “break the chains” of abuse. We anticipate over 700 corporate executives, political leaders, philanthropists, friends and long-time supporters to join together for an evening of inspiration, entertainment and raucous fundraising. We also want to “break our past record” and raise $800,000. And we are well on our way to realizing this goal as we are thrilled to announce our first-ever “Presenting Sponsor”,  .


The 24th Annual Gala begins at 6:30pm in the Ritz-Carlton, Washington, DC ballroom area. Guests can mingle and enjoy champagne and cocktails while they preview 200+ fashionable handbags, products and professional services at our highly touted Silent Auction. The dinner program commences at 7:45pm with a rousing performance by a Grammy winning artist (2017 TBD but past entertainers have included Patti Austin, Eric Benet and Lee Ann Womack.) Guests are feted by a 3-course menu as they listen to our Honoree The Honorable Debbie Dingell and “Break the Silence” awardee, author and essayist, Rene Denfeld. At 10pm the ballroom is transformed into a clubby nightclub lounge and dance floor. Gentlemen from Fight Night and Sponsor table guests will join us. Top Miami DJ Ben Gottesman will spin the tunes with additional entertainment TBA. (Past After-Party performers have included Lenny Kravitz, The Village People and DJ Quest Love.)

Knock Out Abuse Against Women

Knock out Abuse is a Washington, DC based organization that envisions a community free from domestic violence. Knock Out Abuse leverages its extensive network of corporate, retail and philanthropic partners to strengthen and support organizations that serve women and children who are victims of domestic violence in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. Our organization works with its passionate supporters to bring attention to the devastating effect of domestic violence on its victims, their families and our community.

Since 1993, Knock Out Abuse has raised over $9 million to provide transformational support to more than 25,000 women and children whose lives have been shattered by abuse, poverty and homelessness. Through our direct service providers Bethany House of Northern Virginia, Safe Shores, Crossway Community and the DC Volunteer Lawyer Project, these women and children receive counseling, long and short-term housing, legal assistance and necessary resources to help them live happy, healthy and successful lives.