On the evening of June 26th, I had the honor of representing W.O.M.A.N., Inc. at a Pre-Jazz Concert Reception, where all proceeds benefited the San Francisco Domestic Violence Consortium (i.e. “SFDVC” or “DVC” for short). During the reception, all of us were treated to generous amounts cheese, crackers, and wine at “Gourmet & More”, a favorite local cheese shop of the two hosts of event– Beverly Upton and Jacqui Naylor.
Beverly Upton is the Executive Director of the DVC, which consists of 17 different anti-domestic violence agencies, who work together to provide holistic and well-coordinated services to San Francisco’s domestic violence survivors. Jacqui Naylor, a jazz singer and close friend of Beverly, graciously dedicated the pre-reception to the DVC and offered each and every guest a free copy of her latest CD, “Dead Divas Society” (a tribute to an eclectic bunch of “Divas” who have passed away, including Amy Winehouse, Peggy Lee, Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald amongst numerous others).
Amongst the plentiful music, food, and drinks that night, I also had the chance to speak with other representatives from the anti-domestic violence community, all of whom so clearly shared a deep-seated passion for ending domestic violence. In a field that understandably comes with hearing and helping people in disheartening situations, it always feels comforting to know that we all have a vast community of supporters to turn to for not only new insights, but also just a shoulder to lean on. Thank you Beverly, Jacqui, and everyone else I met that night for your hard work and support in doing this difficult, but crucial anti-domestic violence work!
~Gina Li, Support Line & Development Volunteer