Jenesse Center will welcome nine-time Grammy Award-winningrecording artist Mary J. Blige to perform at the 2012 Silver Rose Gala and Auctionon Saturday, April 14, 2012 at the Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows at 6 p.m.
Blige, an iconic artist who has defined many key moments inthe American musical landscape, is ranked by Billboard magazine as the"Most successful female R&B artist of the past 25 years," byVH1 as one of the "100 Greatest Women in Music," and by RollingStone magazine as one of the "100 Greatest Singers of All Time."
"We are honored and overjoyed to welcome one of thegreatest artists of our time, Mary J. Blige," said Oscar-winning actress HalleBerry, the Silver Rose chairperson. "She exemplifies the heart of manywomen here in America and around the globe. Her music is a message of hope andjoy, which is why it is such a privilege to have her join us to spread Jenesse'smessage of hope to women and families everywhere."
The event will raise funds for the Jenesse Center andsalute important community figures who advance it's mission to protectfamilies from the ravages of domestic violence. Jenesse Center is a nationalnonprofit domestic violence-intervention and prevention organization thatprovides a holistic, comprehensive program to nurture victimized families backto a place of mental, financial, physical and emotional well-being.
The theme for the 2012 Silver Rose is"Welcome."
"We chose the theme 'Welcome' becauseit's a simple word that embodies the hopes and dreams of families lookingfor a fresh start," said Avis Frazier-Thomas, president of the board ofdirectors. "It's the affirmation that lets people know they arehome."
This year's distinguished 2012 Silver Rose Honoreesinclude Ingrid Roberts, managing director of First Picks Management and XeroxCorp., who will be recognized at the Silver Rose Gala, and Auction and PaulaWilliams Madison, who will be recognized at the 4th Annual Halle BerryCelebrity Golf Classic on Monday, April 16, at Wilshire Country Club.
Jenesse will present its first-ever Fannie Lou Hamer Awardto Schinal Walker, a former Jenesse client who is now an active spokespersonand advocate for women and girls overcoming domestic violence.
"No matter what we are feeling, it makes it worse whenwe feel it alone," said Walker. "We must use our voice to educatethese women and girls who are battered and abused or in danger of that, and Iwill not stop using mine. Never again will I silence my voice. I will continueto raise awareness and take a stance. This is just the beginning!"
Women from the Jenesse shelter will design theevent's floral arrangements, which will be auctioned at the end of thegala.
"The Silver Rose Weekend will raise much needed fundsand awareness to help families victimized by domestic violence," said Berry."Over the past 14 years I've watched the lives of countlessfamilies transformed and I am excited about the future for these families as wework to build on our success and bring an end to their suffering one family ata time. "