Nelly will perform at the upcoming Face Forward gala, continuing to fight against domestic violence.
(Per It Girl Public Relations) The seventh annual gala, which will be held on September 24, 2016 at Vibiana in Historic Downtown L.A., is set to raise funds as well as build awareness towards Face Forward’s great cause. The charity provides complimentary reconstructive surgery for domestic violence survivors! The goal is to raise at least $500,000 to support new patients in 2017.
Set to perform a “high energy set” at the gala, Nelly has personal ties to the charity’s message against domestic violence. His girlfriend, Shantel Jackson, was a survivor of domestic abuse, and Nelly was exposed to it himself as a child. “I have daughters and I wouldn’t want them to go through this. I hope I have raised both my sons and daughters to know how to treat people of the opposite sex, and know what healthy relationships look like,” he said.
“It’s up to my generation and the ones that follow, to take a stand against domestic violence and inspire change.”
In addition to other honorees, Shantel will be honored at the gala as a Survivor/Advocate. NBA head coach Byron Scott will also be honored for his work to help recruit athletes to be more informed and spread the word about domestic violence.
Face Forward’s founder and CEO, Deborah Alessi, is a survivor of domestic abuse herself, and decided to use her experience to help others! She teamed up with her husband, facial reconstructive surgeon Dr. David Alessi M.D., to change the lives of those impacted by domestic abuse. “Deborah and I are humbled by the continuous and growing support for our annual philanthropic event. Our wish is to draw attention to the atrocity of the worldwide problems of domestic violence and human trafficking,” Dr. Alessi said. “Face Forward’s annual gala fundraising efforts enable us to help even more victims in their journey to achieve both physical and emotional healing and recovery. This year has been exceptional for us with amazing patients and exciting new partnerships which will help us raise awareness and funds to help even more survivors.”
With an awesome “Havana Nights” theme, the event will also feature Cuban infused cuisine by Bravo’s Top Chef Master and Iron Chef, Neal Fraser, Latin inspired music, dance and décor.