180 Turning Lives Around has announced honorees for their Annual Celebration—an event this year which will highlight the #MeToo movement during April’s Sexual Assault Awareness month.

Impact 100 Jersey Coast and The Jon Bon Jovi Soul Kitchen will both be recognized for the unique and special partnerships they have developed with 180 over the years. Impact 100 Jersey Coast—an organization that unites women to make a lasting impact by collectively funding transformative grants in the Jersey Coast region—awarded 180 with seed funding this past year to establish a Family Justice Center in Freehold, NJ. 180’s new Family Justice Center is the fourth such program in the State and addresses the needs of victims while improving the response system in Monmouth County. Accepting the recognition on behalf of all members will be Impact 100 Jersey Coast co-founders, Deirdre Spiropoulos and Heather Burke.

The Jon Bon Jovi Soul Kitchen has provided inspiration and care to 180 families for many years. While raising awareness about hunger and food insecurity throughout our community, The JBJ Soul Kitchen annually hosts events which raise awareness and support for the mission of 180 Turning Lives Around. The JBJ Soul Kitchen has provided nourishment to 180 survivor-families while ensuring dignity and comfort during critical times. Accepting the recognition on behalf of The Jon Bon Jovi Soul Kitchen will be Dorothea Bongiovi.

180 Turning Lives Around will host the event on Friday evening, April 20, 2018 at The Riverhouse, Rumson Country Club. The Bobby Bandiera Band will set the stage for an evening to remember. Guests are invited to dress-up their denim/blue jeans (the awareness “color” and symbol for Sexual Violence Awareness/Prevention) and join 180 in solidarity and support of the #MeToo movement and survivor empowerment.

“The #MeToo movement has received national attention recently and the swell of survivor voices are being heard like never before. When a victim in Monmouth County needs support, 180 is there in a moment’s notice to support them in their darkest hour. 180 is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week with our hotlines, counseling, support and advocacy. 180 can be found throughout our community. We are in the courts, in all 5 area hospital emergency rooms and all 53 police departments. We respond with care and compassion to rape survivors, and so many other victims of abuse—including domestic violence, child abuse and human trafficking.” said Anna Diaz-White, Executive Director, 180 Turning Lives Around.

To reserve tickets or to inquire about sponsorships please contact Lynn Lucarelli, Director of Development at 732.264.4360, ext. 4230 or LynnL@180nj.org.


180 Turning Lives Around is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to empower survivors and families affected by domestic violence and sexual assault to find the courage and strength to turn their lives around. 180 supports this mission through 24/7 hotlines – including the 2NDFloor Youth Helpline, counseling, legal advocacy, emergency shelter and transitional housing and art, play and music therapy for children.

Funds raised at the Annual Celebration will support 180’s programs including: 24-hour Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Hotlines, the rape care program, sexual violence counseling at the new Family Justice Center, sexual violence prevention education and advocacy, school outreach related to safe dates and healthy relationships and the 2nd Floor Youth Helpline.