Thursday, July 24, 2008

SCES July Press Release

CONTACT: Betsy Barrows
202-331-7451 (office)

THE "QUIET CRIME" is silent no more
Hollywood and Washington's Finest Expose Harsh Realities of Domestic Violence at SCES "Last Kiss of Summer V" Fundraiser

WASHINGTON, DC - July 8, 2008 - What do Emmy tickets, The Four Seasons in Georgetown, and the handsome actor Victor Rivers have in common? They are all key components in one of Washington’s most spirited and sophisticated annual fundraising galas, “Last Kiss of summer V,” to be held September 23, 2008, in support of Second Chance Employment Services.

Last Kiss of Summer V” is an event not to be missed, featuring dining, dancing, and live and silent auctions -- all in support of America’s only employment agency exclusively founded to aid victims of domestic abuse.

The event's keynote speaker, Victor Rivers, an accomplished actor, author and activist, will share his shocking boyhood experience of torture at the hands of an abusive father and explain how he turned this nightmare into a positive, personal mission to put an end to what he calls "our greatest yet most curable social disease."

Rivers, who has starred in more than two dozen films, (including the dramatic Mask of Zorro, the Incredible Hulk and the hilarious Distinguished Gentleman), delivers a powerful message that shatters the conventional belief that domestic violence is strictly a women's issue.

This elegant evening will also feature an exclusive auction including tickets to the Academy Awards, rare vacation getaway packages, private Embassy dinners, the finest salon services in Washington, and many more one-of-a-kind opportunities.

Since the inception of the “Last Kiss of Summer” five years ago, more than $500,000 has been raised from auction, ticket, and sponsorship sales to support the programs of Second Chance Employment Services.

Established in 2001 under the inspired vision of Dr. Ludy Green, this innovative non-profit organization provides professional training to “at-risk” women who are victims of domestic abuse. SCES enables victims to attain economic self-sufficiency through meaningful, long-term employment. SCES human resource professionals provide support such as interview skills, etiquette, resume coaching, and job training. Clothing, makeovers, psychological support, plastic surgery, dentistry, legal counseling and more are all provided free of charge by SCES volunteers.
"Our goal is to help infuse these women with a sense of newfound confidence so that they present themselves properly to future employers," explains Dr. Green. "The only real justice for these victims is financial independence. We work hard to give it to them."

For information about sponsorships, ticket sales, or auction donations call
703-356-3099. For more information about Second Chance visit

Monday, July 21, 2008

80s Song Focuses On Domestic Control Issues

Voices Carry was written back in the 1980s by the band 'Til Tuesday focusing on many control issues in a domestic relationship. The lead singer is Aimee Mann.

The video shown above is from a live performance. The MTV /original version can be viewed on YouTube by clicking HERE. Voices Carry was a video played repeatedly by MTV when it first came out holding similar overtones to the song My Name Is Luka by Suzanne Vega which I blogged about in an older post for Second Chance Employment Services on Tuesday, June 19, 2007.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Barbara Krumsiek Sponsors Last Kiss of Summer Gala!

Barbara Krumsiek will be sponsoring Second Chance Employment Services Annual Gala Last Kiss of Summer to be held at the Four Seasons in Washington, DC on September 23, 2008, 6:30pm to midnight. She is the Chair, CEO and President of Calvert Group, Ltd., a leading investment management and mutual fund firm headquartered in Bethesda, MD. Calvert offers the nation’s largest family of socially responsible mutual funds. "Corporate philanthropy isn't something that happens in your head," says Barbara Krumsiek. "It starts in your heart, and it happens on the ground. It has to come together in that way." Before joining Calvert as CEO in 1997, Ms. Krumsiek was a Managing Director at Alliance Capital Management LP in New York City.

Some of Barbara Krumsiek’s accomplishments are:

• Serving on the Board of the Economic Club of Washington, D.C.
• Serving as Vice-Chair of the Board of The Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation
• Serving on the Board of Goodwill of Greater Washington
• Serving on the Board of Trickle Up Program in New York City
• Supporting of the Girl Scouts in the National Capital Region
• Serving on the Women’s Advisory Board to the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital
• Serving the Greater Washington Board of Trade
• Serving the Greater DC Cares
• Serving the Cultural Alliance of Washington D.C.
• Serving the Board of Visitors for the Howard University School of Law
• In 2007 she accepted the “Women of Concern” award from Concern Worldwide for ‘developing innovative and precedent setting initiatives that strive to empower women worldwide.’
• In 2007 she began serving Washington D.C.’s regional Chamber of Commerce
• In 2007 she began serving on the board of the Economic Club of Washington, D.C.
• In 2007, she began serving the Federal City Council
• In 2007 she joined the board of PEPCO Holdings, Inc
• In 2006 she was named one of “Washington DC’s 100 Most Powerful Women” for the 3rd time by Washingtonian Magazine
• In 2006 she was named one of the “Top 100 Maryland Women” by the Daily Record
• In 2005 she was awarded the Athena Award by the Women’s Business Owners of Montgomery County
• In 2004 she was named one of 50 “Women Who Mean Business” in Washington D.C. by the Washington Business Journal
• In 2002 Georgetown University awarded Ms. Krumsiek the Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa, citing her work in advancing the critical dialogue regarding the role of business in society
• In 2000, the Rutgers University Alumni Federation added her to the Hall of Distinguished Alumni
• In 2000 Douglass College and the Associate Alumnae named her to The Douglass Society

Barbara Krumsiek’s education is equally impressive. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa with honors from Douglass College, Rutgers University, Bachelor’s degree in mathematics. Ms. Krumsiek got her Master’s degree in mathematics from the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University.

Ms. Krumsiek, a native New Yorker, resides in Bethesda, Maryland with her husband, Bart Leonard, and their two daughters.

Thank you Barbara Krumsiek for supporting Second Chance Employment Services and helping to break the silence!