Since the onset of the COVID pandemic, we at Samaritan House have not ceased serving victims of violence. In fact, we experienced an 86% increase in demand for our services. This need is staggering, and we anticipate the demand to continue throughout 2021.

The pandemic forced us to develop creative fundraising alternatives to in-person events. For the first time last summer, Samaritan House produced a televised fundraising event titled Let’s Talk Healing with Drea Kelly. We are thrilled to announce that our second televised fundraising event will return June 5, 2021, titled Love Shouldn’t Hurt, hosted by Kristen Crowley. We are partnering once again with our local CBS affiliate WTKR and Studio Center to produce this event.  The show will raise awareness of our services by telling impactful client survivor stories while highlighting our need to raise funds to fulfill our mission.  In addition to the survivor stories, the event will include special appearances by celebrity guests, including Patricia Richardson from the classic sitcom Home Improvement, Adam Huss from the Starz t.v. series Power, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, Norfolk Mayor Kenneth Alexander and Norfolk Councilwoman Andria McClellan and more!

Last year’s inaugural televised event reached 71,303 households and promotional ads reached 78% of Hampton Roads in the ten days leading up to the event.  We expect to increase viewership this year and have created a number of sponsorship opportunities.  If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of Love Shouldn’t Hurt, contact Bobby Hall at (212) 603-9228 or via email at