Cannon County S.A.V.E. draws inspiration from individuals who freely give their time and their hearts to help others. There are two brilliant stars shining their light in a very special way. They motivate us with their dedication and the passion they display. These two amazing ladies use their celebrity in a beautiful way, allowing others to use their voices and be heard.
Mariska Hargitay, actress on Law and Order: Special Victims Unit and advocate for victims, created The Joyful Heart Foundation (JHF) in 2004. The mission of The Joyful Heart Foundation is to “heal, educate, and empower survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse, and to shed light into the darkness that surrounds these issues.” To quote Mariska, “When I started playing Detective Olivia Benson on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, my eyes were opened to the silenced epidemics of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse in this country.” This new insight drove Mariska to become an advocate, train to be a crisis counselor, and create the Joyful Heart Foundation. Because Mariska is an inspiration to all women, encourages survivors, and gives a voice to those who feel as if they cannot speak, Cannon County S.A.V.E. is proud to call her an inspiration.
Martina McBride is one of the most well-known and respected country music artists in the world. Her support for domestic violence organizations ranges from hosting the YWCA Celebrity Auction since 1995 to being a spokesperson for the National Domestic Violence Hotline (NDVH). In 2009, in conjunction with the release of her CD “Shine”, she and her daughter teamed up with loveisrespect, the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline (NTDAH) to create the My Time to Shine program. The program is aimed to raise awareness about teen dating abuse, and to educate teens on how to develop healthier personal relationships. Along with awareness videos being shown at Martina’s concerts, My Time to Shine merchandise is also available to benefit the hotline. S.A.V.E. applauds Martina for her efforts in domestic violence prevention, and her continued advocacy through her music that inspires victims to become survivors.