Is there one thing (or two, three, or more things) that you love doing so much for no other reason than because it makes you happy? For me, singing is that one thing, the mechanics of which could simply be broken down to different pitches of your voice coming together. Such a simple act and yet, it can also give voice (literally) to such complexities in life.
One of the many important things I have learned thus far as a volunteer for W.O.M.A.N., Inc. is the importance of giving VOICE to survivors of domestic violence. Many survivors are often silenced not only by their abusers, but also by their family and community members.
I hosted a Karaoke Night fundraising event this past Saturday, January 12th, 2013 at The Mint Karaoke Bar in San Francisco as a fun way to weave these two concepts together whilst raising awareness about W.O.M.A.N., Inc. and similar services. It was my very first time hosting an event; I was more apprehensive about people “showing up” than I was about being on stage. In the end though, with the help of my lovely W.O.M.A.N., Inc.-ers, Mariya and Julia, I gained a lot of support. I am extremely grateful for all the people that came out (and those that learned about/ ended up “attending” the event the day of). And, of course, we want to express our sincere gratitude to the donors who provided the prizes for our raffle: Trader Joe’s, Philz Coffee, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Asian Art Museum, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Thank you!!
Hope to rock out for a second annual Karaoke Night event in support of Domestic Violence survivors!!
~ Gina Li, W.O.M.A.N., Inc. volunteer and Karaoke Night organizer