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EMBRACE. SUPPORT. PROTECT. IT TAKES A VILLAGE.

Support survivors of domestic violence.

In light of the global pandemic, the traditional 27th Annual Knock Out Abuse Gala Dinner that was scheduled to take place on November 12, 2020 has been cancelled. We are revamping our plan to address the need to support survivors as well as find ways to connect with our friends and donors. While we are no longer having our physical gala, we are continuing to support our beneficiary organizations and need your help more than ever!

 

COVID-19 is having a devastating effect on women and children in abusive households. Due to shelter-in-place orders across our nation, women and children are living in isolation and fear causing many to experience the most challenging time ever. Abusive partners are using COVID-19 to “further isolate, coerce or increase fear in the relationship” according the National Domestic Violence Hotline. The safety net for victims of violence has always been thin. Now, it’s straining to the breaking point.

 

Coming together to support families in crisis is paramount. The time is now to embrace, support and protect women and children who are victims of domestic violence. We need you to STAND UP and be the solution!

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CURRENT STATE OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

 

SPONSORSHIP LEVELS

SPONSORSHIP LEVELS

$25,000
Wings

  • Opportunity to speak during “Knock Out Month”

  • Prominent logo recognition on KOA website, social media and electronic sponsor reel

  • "KOA Spotlight” on social media feed & story

$15,000
Angel

  • Formal recognition during “Knock Out Month”

  • Prominent logo recognition on KOA Website, social media and electronic sponsor reel

  • “KOA Spotlight” of social media story

$10,000
Safe Space

  • Name listing on KOA Website, social media and electronic sponsor reel

  • “Safe Space Thank You” on social media story

KNOCK OUT ABUSE IS A 501(c)(3) NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION: IRS-ID #54-1907723.

All contributions are tax-deductible to the extent of the law.

Proceeds go directly to beneficiary organizations that offer one-on-one counseling, long and short-term housing, legal assistance, financial education, employment skills training and job placements.

GIVE A VIRTUAL EMBRACE
$25-$10,000

KNOCK OUT ABUSE IS A 501(c)(3) NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION: IRS-ID #54-1907723.

All contributions are tax-deductible to the extent of the law.

Proceeds go directly to beneficiary organizations that offer one-on-one counseling, long and short-term housing, legal assistance, financial education, employment skills training and job placements.

MEET THE CHAIRS

$100

PROVIDE PRE-PAID CELL PHONE FOR SURVIVOR

$50

TWO WEEK SUPPLY OF DIAPERS AND TOILETRIES

$25

PROVIDE MEAL FOR ONE FAMILY

$1000

PROVIDE EMERGENCY SAFE SPACE LODGING FOR ONE WEEK

$500

PROVIDE TABLET/ LAPTOP FOR AT HOME LEARNING

$250

GROCERIES FOR ONE WEEK

 
 

GRACE BENDER

Grace Bender, a native Washingtonian, has more than thirty years experience in public relations, government relations, management, and community volunteer work.

Mrs. Bender has been active in many non-profit organizations both as a board member and as a committee member. Her work has included program development, fundraising, financial management, creating special events, as well as chairing galas and balls. The organizations range from inner-city nonprofits to major cultural institutions. Mrs. Bender was instrumental in creating a foundation that serves the metropolitan area.

In the business world, Mrs. Bender was vice president of a consulting firm that represented companies seeking new business in emerging markets. Her previous experience also included working as a government relations consultant to a law firm representing corporate and institutional clients on legislative issues. Prior to joining the law firm, she worked with a government relations consulting firm. She has also worked as director of public relations for a hotel. In these positions, she was involved in all aspects of public relations and advertising.

Early in her career, Mrs. Bender was the vice president of a leasing corporation, where her responsibilities included leasing equipment and vehicles. Prior to assuming this position, she was vice president of a car rental agency, a subsidiary of the leasing corporation. Responsibilities included the reorganization of this company.

Over the years Mrs. Bender has also worked on numerous national and local political campaigns in various capacities.

MARLENE MALEK

Marlene Malek is a community activist, health care advocate and a patron of the arts. 

 

Ms. Malek is Vice Chairman of Friends of Cancer Research which is our country’s leading voice in advocating for policies and solutions that will get treatment to patients in the safest and quickest way possible.  She serves on the Board of M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX, as well as the Duke University’s Cancer Institute in Durham, NC. Ms. Malek also served on the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center Leadership Council. Ms. Malek received a President Appointment to the National Cancer Advisory Board which is part of the National Institute of Health (NIH). She served a six-year term.

 

Ms. Malek is Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Marymount University, and was awarded Marymount University’s Gold Medal for Community Leadership and the University’s Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award.  Other community activities include the Board of Trustees for Vital Voices Global Partnership and Explore - Children’s Museum.

 

Ms. Malek was a Presidential Appointee to the Board of Trustees for the J.F. Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts from 2002-2008, and now serves on their International Committee.  Additionally, she serves on Boards of Trustees for the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Ford’s Theater Society in Washington, DC, and Vital Voices Global Partnership.

 

Supports Republican Governors and is a member of the Executive Roundtable of the Republican Governors Association and she also serves on the Board of the Vice President Residence Foundation.

 

The Washingtonian Magazine named Ms. Malek, a “Washingtonian of the Year” for her work in building support for cancer research.  For 33 years, the Washingtonian has honored people who make this region a better place.

 

Ms. Malek graduated from Marymount University School of Nursing, resides in McLean, VA and has two grown children and five grandchildren.

 

2020 SPONSORS

2019 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Gina Adams · Amy Baier · Liliana Baldassari · Hillary Baltimore · Sandra Barros · Mary Barth · Lisa Bartholomei

Nina Feliciano Bender · Megan Beyer · Kathleen Biden · Traci Otey Blunt · Sharon Bradley · Stacy Burka

Antionette Cook Bush · Susan Cannaday · Carolyn Casey · Marcy Cohen · Nora Connors · Donna Cooper

Karina Corell · Patti Cumming · Michelle Curtis · Lisa Davis · Karen Donatelli · Gunilla Ekberg · Samia Farouki

Amra Fazlic · Norah Clair Gourlay · Denise Grant · Jocelyn Greenan · Ginny Grenham · Alana Hadid

Marielle Hadid · Barbara Harrison · Debbi Jarvis · Kathryn Minor Jones · Kay Kendall · Roya Kingdon

Susanne Larsen · Kelli Lawson · Liz Levin · Tanya Lombard · Stacey Lubar · Emily Madan · Rebecca Magnusun 

Ladan Manteghi · Barbara Martin · Victoria Michael · Erica Moorhead · Sarah Guinan Nixan · Lynne O’Brien

Michele Petersen · Kenya Pierce · Olwen Pongrace · Linda Potter · Allison Priebe · Christine Rales · Norma Ramsey

Kathryn Rand · Andrea Roane · Linda Roth · Jayne Sandman · Mary Margaret Scharf · Karen Schaufeld

Michelle Schoenfeld · Dina Matar Senouf · Marie Sylla-Dixon · Mori Taheipour · Maria Trabocchi · Mariella Trager

 Anna Trone · Cynthia Steele Vance · Neva Vogel · Mary Frances Wain · Humaira Wakili · Rondi K. Walker

Susan Weiner · Robyn Wells · Sheryl Watkins Wilbon · Amal Zaari

 

2019 GALA CHAIR COMMITTEE

Abiye Abebe · Bela Aggarwal · Ashley Arias · Courtney Armour · Brandy Nannini Axdahl · Vinoda Basnayake

Sherrie Beckstead · Grace Bender · Tracy Bernstein · John Burns · Zarah Burnstein · Mary Butler

Sela & Art Collins · Francesca Craig · Elissa & Tom Davidson · Lynda Erkelitian · Jean-Marie Fernandez · Nesrin Fraga

Omar Franco · Juleanna Glover · Indira Gumorova · Ashley Gunn · Natalie Jones Hallahan · Mona Hamdy · Erik Huey

Charrisse Jackson-Jordan · Maura Jeffords · April Jones · Cindy Jones · Robert Koch · Melissa Kuipers

Dr. Arlene Lamba · Kim Luk · Sylvester Lukis · Kristen Lund · Ann Walker Marchant · Erika Martin

Beth & Zeid Masri · Dorothy & Terry McAuliffe · Gloria Nauden · Sara & Peter O'Keefe · Sarah Omolewu

John Porter · Susanna Quinn · Teresa Foss Del Rosso · Sheikha Rima al-Sabah · William Rubin · Matt Stanton

Chris Swonger · Siobhan Thomas · André Wells · Trish Yan · Eun Yang  

 

PAST SPONSORS

HOPE DIAMOND
Pernod Ricard USA · David Rubenstein 

DIAMOND
AT&T- The Humanity of Connection · EJF Philanthropies · EverFi

Fight for Children · Norma & W. Russell Ramsey Foundation

The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, DC

RUBY

Bender Foundation, Inc. · Distilled Spirits Council of the United States/Responsibility.org  Embassy of the State of Qatar · FedEx · Denise Grant & Frank Raines

International Game Technology PLC (IGT) · Northrop Grumman

RLJ Companies/RLJ Lodging Trust · Rubin Turnbull & Associates – Bill Rubin · TAA PR

EMERALD

Grace Bender · The Boeing Company · BrandLinkDC · Scott & Patrice Brickman Family Foundation · Children's National · Clark Construction Group, LLC · Marcy & Neil Cohen

Constellation Brands · Corcoran Partners · Elissa Davidson & Sara O'Keefe · DC09

Karen Donatelli & Anna Marie Parisi-Trone · Edrington · Ernst & Young LLP · Events DC

Kimberly Engel & Family - The Dennis and Judy Engel Charitable Foundation

Carl M. Freeman Foundation · JBG Smith · JP Morgan Chase & Co. · Alfred Liggins & Radio One

Ann Walker Marchant · The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation · Cheryl & Hani Masri

Dorothy & Governor Terry McAuliffe · Microsoft · NFL · Lynne & Greg O'Brien · PhRMA

Qatar-America Institute · Christine Rales · Rhythm Management Group Corporation

Karen Schaufeld · Susheria Restaurant- Nesrin Fraga · T-Mobile · United Parcel Service

Verizon · Janet & Bobby Waid · Washington Speakers Bureau

SAPPHIRE

Dr. Sanjeev & Mrs. Bela Aggarwal · Sandra Barros & Peter Lowy · Brown-Forman Corporation

Carolyn Casey & Scott Fassbach · Patricia & Marshall Coleman · Diageo North America

DC Elite Image- Teresa & Mark Del Rosso · Events by André Wells · Dr. Sachiko Kuno

Ellen & Adam Spiegel · TTR Sotheby's International Realty/ KVS Title

PEARL

Arent Fox LLP · Artemis Real Estate Partners · Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety (ACTS)

Entertainment Software Association · Samia Farouki · KEA Technologies · Robert Koch

Beth & Zeid Masri · Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Foundation

BEST FRIEND OF KNOCK OUT

Barnes & Thornburg, LLP · Lisa Barry & James Gale · Megan Beyer & Cynthia Steele Vance · Angela Bradley- BTI Security Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck · Natalie & Wes Bush · Mary Butler · Linda and Davis Camalier · Capari America

Nora Connors · Samia Farouki · Ashley Foxworth · Nicole Frances · Norah Clair Gourlay · Ginny Grenham

Gus & Marie Griffin · Anjali & Arun Gupta · Deborah Harmon · JOY Collective · Susanne Larsen · Stacey and Gregory Lubar

Kristen Lund · Mastercard · April McClain-Delaney · Stephanie Phillips · Naureen Rahman · Andrea Roane · Linda Roth - PR

Jim Ryan · Walker Plastic Surgery · Nancy Zirkin · Lisa Zuccari

FRIEND OF KNOCK OUT

Lee Ann Anderson · Loleta & Larry Bailey · Lisa Bartolomei · Rose Blackburne · Jay Blumenkopf · Sharon Bradley · Stacy Burka

Christine Chuke · Elaine Cole · Gregory Connors · Mary-Frances Daly · Kathy Damico · Margaret Davidson · Lia Dean · Mirim Dellsola

Kelly Dibble · Amra Fazlic · Chris Fraley · Katia Goffin · DeAnna Gravillis · Natalie Jones Hallahan · Valerie Jarrett · Andrea Kirstein

Lynne Lightfoote · Luxco · Emily Madan · Rebecca Magnuson · Ladan Manteghi · Barbara Martin · Mary McDavid

Alexina Montgomery  · Carolyn Niles · Michelle Petersen · Susan Pfeuffer · Olwen Pongrace · Linda Potter & Tim Shriver

Jayne Sandman · Catherine Scavellov · Beth Singer · Karen Sonneborn · Mori Taheripour · Anna Van Meter · Claire Wagner

Mary Francis Wain · Humaira Wakili · Susan Weiner · Sheryl Wilbon · Emma Zingone

 

Address: 1303 Ballantrae Farm Drive, McLean, VA 22101

Phone Number: 202.813.9161

Email Address: info@knockoutabuse.org

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