Laughter the way back on Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, 29 June 2016 – Jackie the French Reporter attended an amazing event at the Laugh Factory (one of Jackie’s favourite places, if you are looking for a “chance” encounter!). The purpose of the event, however, was no laughing matter. The event was hosted on behalf of the Face Forward organization, whose mission it is to help survivors of violent and disfiguring crimes to “put their best face forward” after suffering from domestic abuse, by providing pro bono emotional support and reconstructive surgery for victims of Domestic Violence, Human Trafficking or any cruel acts of crime.
The statistics on domestic violence in the United States make for chilling reading, leaving over 1 million victims in need of medical attention annually. Even more disturbing are the incidents of acid attacks, where 70 percent of the victims are women and 49 percent of the attackers are anonymous. The emotional toll taken by these and other criminal cruel acts are staggering, with an estimated 75 percent of victims suffering from anxiety, depression and PTSD.
Celebrities and comedians who came out to support the event and Face Forward included the founder and co-founder of Face Forward, Deborah Alessi and Dr. David Alessi, Any Laurie, Josh Wolf, JB Kite, Hal Sparks, Bauer van Straten and Mariana Klaveno to name a but a few.
“It is an awesome, awesome charity,” chimed Jen Lilley. A feeling seconded by Dario: “It’s incredible what they do. The self-esteem that they build up after this happens is fantastic and I think that whenever you can do that for people it’s beautiful.” Brett Dalton added: “It’s something I really believe in and especially having a daughter I know how important it is.”
But Face Forward is about more than a pretty smile, as the co-founder Dr. David Alessi added: “Not only that but they actually rebuild their lives so every single woman who is involved with Face Forward comes in with the agreement that they are going to do something great with their life after they’ve had their rehabilitative surgery.”
To find out more about Face Forward and the services they provide, please visit their website at www.faceforwardla.org. Please consider donating to this very worthy cause.
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Written by: Miquette Caalsen