A Masked Ball to Unmask Domestic Violence benefited The National Domestic Violence Hotline was held in the Historic Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Francisco, the event raised $125,000 to commemorate the Hotline’s 20th Anniversary
On Thursday, October 13, over 200 philanthropists; including actress Jane Seymour, Olympic Gold Medalist Brian Boitano and the World’s longest running Phantom of the Opera Franc D’Ambrosio; descended on the Julia Morgan Ballroom in the Merchants Exchange Building in the heart of San Francisco’s Financial District for A Masked Ball to Unmask Domestic Violence benefiting the National Domestic Violence Hotline. The event raised nearly $125,000 to help the Hotline answer more calls, chats and text messages. In 2015, almost 110,000 contacts to the
Hotline went unanswered due to lack of resources.
Chaired by Elaine Mellis and honorary chair Arlene Inch, the spectacular evening included a sumptuous dinner created by Chef Larry Finn in one of San Francisco’s most beautiful and historic venues, the Julia Morgan Ballroom. A live auction of five iconic lots including painting lessons and lunch with actress/artist Jane Seymour, a bespoke jeweled mask created for this auction by KiraKira, Super Bowl tickets and an NFL experience, a week at a spectacular fly fishing lodge in Montana, and a private concert for 10 with Phantom of the Opera star Franc D’Ambrosio and dinner by Chef Larry Finn.
Benefactors included: Verizon, Arlene Inch, Oakland Raiders, Blue Shield of California, Kendra Scott, Kuhle Family Foundation, Lyft, Elaine Mellis, Janet and Clint Reilly and Robert Half. In-kind donors included: Heritage Auctions, KiraKira, Mezzacorona Wines, The NFL, Revolar, Rotari Sparkling Wines, and Tito’s Handmade Vodka.
The pinnacle of the evening was a stunning performance by the World’s longest running Phantom of the Opera Franc D’Ambrosio. The performance was a medley of hauntingly beautiful songs from the iconic show including “The Music of the Night.”
About the National Domestic Violence Hotline:
The National Domestic Violence Hotline is a non-profit organization established in 1996 as a component of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Operating around the clock, confidential and free of cost, The Hotline provides victims and survivors with life-saving tools and immediate support. Callers to The Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) can expect highly trained advocates to offer compassionate support, crisis intervention information and referral services in more than 200 languages. Visitors to TheHotline.org can chat live with advocates
and they can find information about domestic violence, safety planning, local resources, and ways to support the organization.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline relies on the generous support of individuals, private gifts from corporations and foundations and federal grants. It is funded in part by Grant Number 90EV0426 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)/Administration for Children and Families. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Administration for Children and Families or the
U.S. Department of HHS.
Photos by Drew Altizer