TESSA’s Annual Fundraiser
Once again, TESSA will tell our story through the arts — But in New and Surprising Ways.
September 15, 2018 | The Broadmoor
How do you follow a highly celebrated and applauded 40th Ruby Anniversary Gala? With an Encore, of course. Once again, TESSA will incorporate the arts to tell the story of domestic and sexual violence – and in new and surprising ways.
40th Anniversary Ruby Gala 2017
Voted “Most Memorable Gala” for the Best of the Springs 2018
Months after this gala, many of the 750 who attended were still brought to tears or lumps in the throat remembering parts of an unforgettable evening. TESSA’s work is, by its nature, heartbreaking as it empowers victims of domestic violence and continues work to slow sexual assault. This anniversary acknowledged 40 years of work and the dream for a less violent future. Guests entered the gala through a forest of breathtaking hanging cheesecloth art panels by artist De Lane Bredvik, disguising the phases of domestic violence hiding just beneath the surface. Those who had survived domestic violence shared their stories and a poignant violin-cello “Candle in the Wind” paid tribute to those “In Memoriam.” All in all, a stunning presentation by Executive Director SherryLynn Boyles and TESSA.