2011 Knock Out Abuse Against Women Annual Gala

Kimball Stroud, Marissa Mitrovich, Marie Sylla-Dixon, and Carmela Clendeniny

Knock Out Abuse celebrates 18 years of advocating for domestic abuse victims at its St. Tropez-themed gala fundraiser.

Thursday, November 10, 2011
Washington DC

On this special night, seven hundred and fifty of Washington D.C.’s most prominent women, from members of Congress to leaders in the corporate and philanthropic communities, will gather to KNOCK OUT ABUSE. Our one night a year event has raised over 6.5 million dollars to restore the dignity and respect to thousands of victims of domestic violence in the National Capital Area. The evening is a true celebration of the power of women to effect change for the most vulnerable women and children in our community.


While the guys are at Fight Night, the gals will be settling in for an exciting evening of dinner, dancing and entertainment to support the group’s beneficiaries, including Bethany House, Crossway Community, Safe Shores, and The DC Volunteer Lawyers Project.

Nikki Yazdanian, Preeti Caberwal, and Shelby Burcham

2011 Event Chair: Jaci Wilson Reid
Co-Founders: Cheryl Masri & Jill Sorensen
Auction Chair: Patty Coleman
Executive Committee Chair: Ann Walker Marchant

About Jaci Wilson Reid:
Jaci Wilson Reid is truly a global citizen who acts locally. From East Hampton to Doha, Jaci has been a tireless activist for causes focused on women, children, the arts, culture and fashion.
Born in Texas where she developed a love for the arts, culture, fashion and politics, Jaci remembers the impact President John F. Kennedy‘s visit to Dallas had on Texas politics and how her life came full-circle when she served on the White House staff of President Bill Clinton. Jaci spent two terms in the Clinton Administration with U.S. Trade Representative Mickey Kantor and Secretary of State Madeleine Albright as well as held senior positions at 1996 Democratic Convention in Chicago, Clinton/Gore ’96 Reelection Campaign, and the 2000 Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles before co-founding Westin Rinehart Group.

As co-founder of Westin Rinehart Group, Jaci was able to mix her love of the arts, culture and fashion with politics, pop-culture, philanthropy and her love of travel. Known as a glamorous hostess, Jaci opened her East Hampton home for many years to the VH1 Save The Music summer benefit concert which featured such artists as – Toni Braxton, Ciara, Solange Knowles and Neyo and for 10 year during the NBA All Star Weekend, Jaci hosted a luncheon celebrating the NBA Wives Association, women and organizations from around the world such as the Creative Coalition and London-based Youth Music. Jaci’s always lending a helping hand to friends from Estelle, Hugh Masekela, Louis Vuitton, Nelly to Guerlain Cosmetics and for her philanthropic efforts, Jaci has been featured in O, The Oprah Magazine, New York Times, Allure Magazine, New York Post, Washington Post and Jaci was named to The Hill’s 50 Most Beautiful People list and to ELLE Magazine‘s Washington, DC Power List 2010.
Since selling Westin Rinehart to The BGR Group in 2009, Jaci devotes much of time to The George Washington University Hospital Women’s Committee, working with stroke survivors and globetrotting to support causes she believes in around the world. Jaci continues to be a patron of The Whitney Museum, The Kennedy Center, Love Heals, VH1 Save The Music Foundation, The Diamond Empowerment Fund and The Museum of Islamic Arts. Jaci resides in Washington, D.C. with her husband of 14 years – Morris L. Reid.

About Jill Sorensen:
In 1993 Jill Sorensen founded Knock Out Abuse Against Women along with her dear friend, Cheryl Masri. With a desire to help women and children who are victims of domestic violence, they created a local fundraiser to raise money for the House of Ruth, a local shelter. Over the past 17 years, Knock Out has grown to support more than 15 DC metro area shelters. Jill‘s responsibility and focus is to develop new and creative ways for Knock Out Abuse to raise money and bring awareness to the plight of abused women and children. It is Jill‘s wish that Knock Out Abuse will eventually have a national reach, through school programs for pre-adolescent teens, such as fundraisers and concerts.
Jill works as an actress/screen writer/producer and commutes regularly to Los Angeles and New York. She has appeared in Eve Enzler‘s “The Vagina Monologues” with Sally Kirkland at the Directors Guild Theatre in Los Angeles. After arriving to the US from Sweden she worked for ten years as a fashion model with the Ford Modeling agency in New York. She also serves on the board of The Humane Society of New York. Jill resides in Virginia with her son Luke.

About Cheryl Davis Masri
Cheryl Davis Masri, co-founder of Knock Out Abuse, has a professional background in advertising and graphic design. Her former Georgetown based firm, Davis & Co., created award-winning corporate logos and image campaigns for a wide range of national and international clients.
“When Jill and I partnered to create Knock Out Abuse, I knew I could bring a number of my communications skills to the table.” Cheryl‘s responsibility is to develop marketing materials to serve as a model for the future Knock Out Abuse expansion to major cities in the United States. “Domestic violence is a spirit-robbing plight – our dream is to see a Knock Out Abuse event in every state.”
Mrs. Masri lives in Washington, DC with her husband Hani. She is involved in several charitable efforts focused on women, children and animal-rights.




Silent and Live auctions
After-party soirée begins at 11:30 p.m.
(Gentlemen from FIGHT NIGHT will join us)
Music and Dancing by Donna D’Cruz, Famed St. Tropez PARTY DJ

Girls’ Night Out – Cocktail Attire

Hope Diamond Sponsor $50,000
Diamond Sponsor $25,000
Ruby Sponsor $15,000
Emerald Sponsor $10,000
Sapphire Sponsor $7,500
Friend Of Knock Out $1,000
Individual Ticket $500

The Ritz-Carlton
1150 22nd Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20037

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