Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence, Santa Clara County’s oldest and largest nonprofit domestic violence service provider, announces that its annual Light Up the Night ceremony and gala will be held on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2023, from 6 to 10 p.m. PDT at Villa Ragusa, 35 South Second Street, in Campbell, CA.
The event is an evening of inspiration, remembrance and creating awareness of the need to support victims of domestic violence on their journey to safety, stability and self-sufficiency. Its goal is to raise awareness and generate support for survivors of domestic violence and their children by creating an opportunity for the community to send a message of caring for individuals and families that are in crisis.
The annual Light Up the Night coincides with October’s National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Additional event details and tickets can be found at the registration page: https://nextdoor.ejoinme.org/lutn2023. The event is in person and open to the public with tickets starting at $175.
Kris Sanchez, reporter and co-anchor with NBC Bay Area will emcee the event. Sanchez appears on “Today In the Bay,” NBC Bay Area’s weekday morning news program. She is in her 20th year with NBC Bay Area and is a fixture in Bay Area news reporting.
The event will include a special video of a survivor sharing her personal experience, a chance to win a valuable raffle prize, silent and live auctions and a moving candle-lighting ceremony. Live music will be performed by the Lara Price Band.
“Since 1971, the community of Santa Clara County has provided overwhelming support as we’ve worked to meet the needs of survivors who come from all walks of life, regardless of race, age, gender, identity or economic status,” said Colsaria Henderson, executive director of Next Door Solutions. “We are asking them once again to stand with us against violence and abuse in our homes and support us by coming together and attending our event and helping us meet the growing needs of our neighbors.”
The annual Light Up the Night event is presented by the Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Foundation along with generous sponsors including Destination: Home, eBay, El Camino Health, First 5 Santa Clara County, Gardner Health Services, Google, Hoover and Krepelka Family Law Attorneys, Joseph George Fine Wines, Juniper Networks, the Santa Clara Family Health Plan, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Stanford Health Care and Medicine, and Union Local 393 of the Plumbers, Pipefitters and Steamfitters and our Media Sponsor NBC Bay Area.
Quick facts about domestic violence:
- One in four women and one in seven men have experienced contact sexual violence, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner.
- In Santa Clara County, Next Door Solutions received nearly 13,000 callers to its 24/7 hotline last year.
- More than 2,500 Santa Clara County residents received services from Next Door Solutions, including walk-in crisis counseling, risk assessment, safety planning, basic need items including food, case management, housing assistance, therapeutic services, support groups and employment assistance.
- Of those, more than 520 clients received legal services from Next Door Solutions including legal advocacy, assistance with filing temporary restraining orders, case consultations, and court accompaniment.