White Knights at the Museum kicked off Domestic Violence Awareness Month on Saturday, October 1 with a rooftop performance by singer Dylan Dunlap, seen on the hit NBC show The Voice, and enjoyed an evening with a variety of entertainment.
Santa Ynez Valley businesses donated libations for the event from Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company, Lucky Dogg Winery and Grassini Family Vineyards.
“Supporting local charities such as Domestic Violence Solutions is important to us at Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. Providing assistance to victims of abuse is such a vital resource for our community,” said Laura Moore, marketing and events coordinator at Figueroa Mountain Brewing in Buellton.
The night featured entertainment filled with food and drinks, performances by local dance groups, and acapella gospel singers to celebrate and highlight DVS’s role as a leader in domestic violence issues through interactive exhibits.
The live exhibits on this floor showcased five areas of programming: crisis and information lines answering more than 6,000 calls in the past year; Domestic Violence Emergency Response Team (DVERT) that responded to more than 400 direct emergency situation calls this year; Emergency Shelters in Santa Barbara, Lompoc and Santa Maria that provided more than 12,000 safe nights of housing in the past year; counseling services for emergency shelter victims and transitional housing services; and teen outreach, including preventive education.
Founded in 1977, DVS, which serves all victims of domestic violence in Santa Barbara County regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or income, hosted its very first community engagement and educational event at MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Innovation + Exploration with over 250 guests in attendance.
Finally, the crowd was invited to spend the rest of the event on the roof for dancing to a DJ, desserts and raffling prizes.