Knock-Out Abuse Raises Over $560,000 for Victims of Domestic Violence

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DC's Social Elite looked to the roaring 20s for this year's Gatsby-inspired Knock Out Abuse Gala.
DC’s Social Elite looked to the roaring 20s for this year’s Gatsby-inspired Knock Out Abuse Gala.

Washington, D.C. (November 15, 2013) – Washington, DC’s most prominent women joined forces Thursday, November 14 to raise approximately $560,000 to aid women and children who are survivors of domestic violence.

This year’s 20th Annual Knock Out Abuse Against Women, themed as the Great Gatsby by Andre Wells Events, once again took place at The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, DC Hotel in a flashy setting complete with boa-draped candelabras, sequined tablecloths and dapper models dressed in authentic 1920’s styled suits and flapper attire.

In the past 20 years, Knock-Out Abuse has raised more than $6 million dollars to benefit local charities that support victims of domestic violence through various programs. Proceeds from this event will benefit four local domestic abuse support groups: Bethany House of Northern Virginia, Crossway Community, Safe Shores and DC Volunteer Lawyers Project.

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer was the auctioneer for the live auction and WUSA9’s Andrea Roane emceed the show. Guests were treated to a surprise performance by Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Eric Benet.

Unique live auction items included a personal appointment with famed fashion designer David Meister himself at his showroom to have a custom gown fitting, complete with two nights at the world renowned Chatwal Hotel and dinner for two at the Lambs Club and a two night escape to the city of lights at the Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris with airfaire and a private tour of the G.H. Mumm vineyard in the champagne region.

To learn more about Knock-Out Abuse Against Women, please visit

Models and attendees at this year's 2013 Knock Out Abuse Gala.
Models and attendees at this year’s 2013 Knock Out Abuse Gala.
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