Mary Kay brings light to Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
By Sara Moore

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Mary Kay is bringing light to this issue with a series of documentaries that are narrated by Extra host Maria Menounos and actresses JoAnna Garcia Swisher and Alexa Vega.

Maria Menounos prepares to kiss a card for the cause of domestic violence at the premiere party (Photo/Rene Macura, Mary Kay)

Last night, these video shorts, which are part of the Mary Kay Inspiring Stories program premiered in Hollywood. The documentaries show how survivors of domestic violence have found joy, hope and dreams in their escape from violence. The participating women were divided into three crews, Team Give Joy, Team Give Hope, and Team Give Dreams, where they explored the meaning behind the words. The teams collaborated on their shorts in Hollywood alongside one of the three celebrities who narrated the documentaries. Maria Menounos narrated Give Dreams, JoAnna Garcia Swisher narrated Give Hope, and Alexa Vega narrated Give Joy.

Men and women nationwide can support this program three ways: viewing and sharing the films at, purchasing a Mary Kay Beauty that Counts™ Creme lipstick, or becoming a fan of Mary Kay at

JoAnna Garcia Swisher puts a card she has kissed for the cause of domestic violence on display at the premiere party (Photo/Rene Macura, Mary Kay)

Mary Kay will be making over $80,000 in donations with a special $20,000 donation in the name of the crew behind the most viewed film. Additionally, from September 1, 2011 to October 31, 2011 Mary Kay Inc. will donate $1 to the Mary Kay Foundation for every new Facebook fan – up to $1 million. Consumers can also purchase any of the three limited-edition* Beauty that Counts™ Mary Kay® Creme Lipstick, where $1 from each purchase between September 15, 2011 and December 15, 2011 will be donated to the foundation.

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