*Jenesse Center is proud to welcome multi-platinum Grammy Award winning recording artist Robin Thicke to perform at the 2011 Silver Rose Gala & Auction.

Chaired by Academy Award winning actress Halle Berry, the 31st Annual Silver Rose Gala and Auction will be held on Sunday, April 17, 2011 at the Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows. Registration and Silent Auction at 11:00am.   Luncheon and Program at 12:30pm.

Berry said:

“I am thrilled to welcome Robin Thicke to perform at the Silver Rose Gala and Auction to support Jenesse and the important work the organization does to restore families victimized by domestic violence. In my 12 years of working with Jenesse, I have seen so many lives changed, hope restored and families healed from domestic violence.  We are ready to celebrate and raise lots of money so we can continue helping families to heal, grow and thrive.”

Jenesse Center is a national non-profit organization that provides a holistic, comprehensive program to nurture victimized families back to a place of mental, financial, physical and emotional well-being.

The theme for the 2011 Silver Rose is “Hope for a Perfect World.” Avis Frazier-Thomas, Jenesse Board President said:

“We chose the theme ‘Hope for a Perfect World’ because ultimately a world without domestic violence is our greatest hope. It is what we aspire to in all our efforts;  one person at a time, one family at a time, one day at a time, we would like to believe that we are closer to that ideal today, than we were yesterday.”

The 2011 Silver Rose will salute Bryson Rouzan-Thomas, the youngest honoree in the history of the award event.  Although only 17, Bryson Rouzan-Thomas is a longtime volunteer for Jenesse and has made it his mission to educate youth about the dangers of teen relationship violence.  He was one of the original counselors for Camp Jenesse, a summer enrichment program for the children who live at Jenesse.  He has hosted large book drives, organized holiday parties for the families, and filmed a PSA on domestic violence that can be viewed on the Jenesse Teen Angel Blog (http://jenesseteenangels.blogspot.com/).  Rouzan-Thomas also headed a project with his fellow Loyola classmates to renovate a two-bedroom, two-bath apartment at one of Jenesse’s residential facilities.  A senior at Loyola High School, Rouzan-Thomas is a trailblazer of hope and has taken a leadership position among his peers, encouraging them, and their parents, to volunteer at Jenesse and to help make a real and lasting change in the lives of families in crisis.

Jenesse Silver Rose Chair Pat Greene said, “Bryson has been one of Jenesse’s most dedicated Teen Angels. I have been so inspired watching him build on what others have done before him. He continues to amaze me in the ways he is always expanding his volunteer work at Jenesse.”

The 2011 Silver Rose will also salute the “What A Little Love Can Do Project”, the brainchild of Halle Berry, the project was initiated to enhance the living and educational facilities for women, children and men needing to escape the dangers of domestic violence.  A major much-needed renovation project of shelter transitional apartment spaces, with the devoted help of three top designers Patrick Delanty, David Brian Sanders and Lindsay Jackson, the project launched with the design of Nahla’s World, a children’s center that is a place of healing and learning.

Long time Jenesse supporter Nestlé USA joined the project by revamping the learning center at the shelter. The Nestlé Learning Center has a classroom and a state of the art computer lab and reflects Jenesse’s and Nestlé’s philosophies of building a better life through work and education.

Kenneth Bentley, Vice President of Community Affairs and Educational Programs at Nestlé USA, Inc. said:

“We wanted to partner with Jenesse because they do such a great job of helping women who have faced some difficult times, live a good life.  Nestlé is all about Good Food, Good Life.”

Essence Magazine’s Mikki Taylor and television producer Riaz Patel joined the project. They are creating an interactive Fashion & Beauty Center for the families.  Other supporters of the “What A Little Love Can Do Project” include Harry Winston, Swarovski and Revlon.  A video on the “What A Little Love Can Do Project” may be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prFMswWArtA.

Greene said, “What is so special about the “What A Little Love Can Do Project” is that it really grew out of Jenesse’s philosophy that when women feel valued, they feel self-empowered and when they feel self-empowered, they know they can leave their past behind them and conquer the world.”

For more information on the 2011 Silver Rose Weekend, please call Jenesse Center at 323.299.9496, ext. 103 or visit the website at www.jenesse.org.   All events are ticketed and open to the public.  Media may request press credential form at [email protected]  Press check in begins at 10:00am.  Approved media must bring photo id to press check in.  Red carpet arrivals to take place in Sunset Ballroom.

About Jenesse Center
Founded in 1980, Jenesse Center Inc. provides culturally sensitive programs, services and outreach efforts to families by providing a comprehensive, centralized base of support and services that ensures a transition from immediate crisis to stability and self-sufficiency.

Housing women and children from 30 days up to two years through its 156-bed emergency and transitional shelters, Jenesse also provides a variety of support services to more than 1,000 families annually including mental health counseling, independent life skills classes, computer training, job referrals, after school programs for children, field trips, tutoring and legal assistance offering assistance with obtaining restraining orders for domestic violence victims.

Jeanine Taylor
JCEC Public Relations
[email protected]