On Friday night, I attended a City Art and Lecture event showcasing Mariska Hargitay. You may recall in the 1st quarter of this year, you all helped us raise $10000+ for her charity, the Joyful Heart Foundation. The questions given to her ranged from her career, to motherhood, to the End the Backlog campaign. Her answers spanned every possible emotion. She had the audience almost in tears one moment and laughing our asses off the next. She’s as eloquent as she is funny, and as badass as the character she plays on TV.
While it was great to see almost 800 people attending this event to hear what an actress has to say, there were some unknown players that had a major impact: the audience members during Q&A. The crowd was mostly women, and understandably, a lot of them had a connection to the character Mariska plays on SVU, especially after 18 seasons. But the people who stood up and told their story, many for the first time out loud, in front of 800 other people? THAT was powerful.
And also the point of Joyful Heart. It’s about giving voice to women who feel like they’ve lost theirs. Seeing this type of powerful healing is one of the better parts of humanity. We were fortunate enough to find and support a non-profit such as a the Joyful Heart Foundation.
I must express my sincerest thank you to all of you who helped us raise funds for them, but, more importantly, to those of you who helped spread the conversation to others!