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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

$5,000
Fresh Start

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

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

Woman Holding a Mobile Phone

$100

PROVIDE PRE-PAID CELL PHONE FOR SURVIVOR

Baby

$50

TWO WEEK SUPPLY OF DIAPERS AND TOILETRIES

$25

PROVIDE MEAL FOR ONE FAMILY

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$1000

PROVIDE EMERGENCY SAFE SPACE LODGING FOR ONE WEEK

Woman with Computer

$500

PROVIDE TABLET/ LAPTOP FOR AT HOME LEARNING

Grocery

$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 SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT

 
 

2020 SPONSORS

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WINGS

$25,000

GRACE & MORTON

BENDER

 

 

MARLENE MALEK

AMANDA POLK

 

ANGEL

$15,000

CHRISTINE RALES

SAFE HOUSE

$10,000

The Alisann & Terry Collins Foundation

Judy and Peter Blum Kovler Foundation

Clark Construction Group, LLC

The Marion and Robert Rosenthal Family Foundation

FRESH START

$5,000

Pennie & Gary Abramson Charitable Foundation

 

Abeer Al Otaiba

Children's National

Jane Cafritz

Buffy Cafritz

Carolyn Casey

Marcy Cohen

Elizabeth & Richard Dubin Foundation

Doris Matsui & Roger Sant

Suzy Pence

Ellen & Adam Spiegel

Vradenburg Foundation

PROVIDE EMERGENCY SAFE SPACE LODGING FOR TWO WEEKS

$2,500

Antionette Bush · Elissa Davidson · Dorothy McAuliffe · Michelle Olson

PROVIDE EMERGENCY SAFE SPACE LODGING FOR ONE WEEK

$1,000

Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety (ACTS) · Katherine Bradley · Stacy Burka

Lori Cohen · Cunniff Family · Claire Dwoskin · Rhonda & Cliff Fischer · Alma Gildenhorn

Patrick Hallahan · Paul Hamill · Kay Kendall · Laurel Keating · Bobbie Kilberg

Susanne Larsen · Debra Lerner Cohen · Britlan Malek · Ann Walker Marchant

Barbara Martin · Donna McLarty · Mary Mochary · Marge Odeen · Alma Powell

Barbara Rossotti · Genny & Fred Ryan · Elizabeth Singer

Sandra & Lawrence Small · Margaret Stone

Sami & Annie Totah Family Foundation · Nancy Zirkin

2020 C0-CHAIR COMMITTEE

Wilma Bernstein

Buffy Cafritz

Hon. Debbie Dingell

Liz Dubin

Britlan Malek

Ann Walker Marchart

Michelle Olson

Christine Rales

Norma C. Ramsey

Andrea Roane

Lynda Webster 

 

2020 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 · Tara Engel

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  ·  Aba Kwawu · 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

 
 

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