The Stars Come Out for
Justice For Vets Benefit
 
Event Raises $200,000 to Support Veterans Treatment Courts 
 
Justice For Vets had the nation’s capital buzzing on September 14th, 2014 with an incredible evening of music and entertainment all for the benefit of Veterans Treatment Courts and the heroes they serve. A who’s who of Washington insiders joined hundreds of active duty military, veterans and their families at the historic Warner Theatre for a benefit concert emceed by the ‘women of the West Wing’ – actresses Allison Janney, Janel Moloney and Justice For Vets’ own Melissa Fitzgerald.
 
[L-R]: Melissa Fitzgerald, Janel Moloney,Allison Janney
 
 
The event was produced by JusticeAid, a non-profit that promotes justice through the arts.  Justice For Vets was selected as the beneficiary of the event due to our incredible work to expand Veterans Treatment Courts nationwide. A host of generous sponsors lined up to support the cause and provide tickets to veterans, service members, their friends and families.
 
[L-R]: Janel Moloney, Allison Janney, Gary Kohlman and Melissa Fitzgerald
 
 
“Justice For Vets is honored to have been selected by JusticeAid as the beneficiary of this incredible event, and thrilled at the opportunity to educate so many influential people on the critical need for Veterans Treatment Court expansion,” said Senior Director Melissa Fitzgerald.
 
With the hashtag #Justice4Vets trending on Twitter, six-time Emmy Award winning actress Allison Janney joined former West Wing castmates Janel Moloney and Justice For Vets Senior Director Melissa Fitzgerald to kick off the evening by assuming their West Wing characters for  a ‘Walk and Talk’ about Veterans Treatment Courts
 
 
 
 
 
“The Veterans Treatment Court is a win-win for everyone.  These courts offer accountability and compassion.  They offer hope, healing and restoration.  They help put families back together again, help connect our veterans to employment and education opportunities,” said Allison Janney. “Our veterans deserve no less.”
 
“We all owe our veterans a debt of gratitude and I’m proud to help spread awareness about the life-saving work done each and every day in Veterans Treatment Courts,” said Janel Moloney.  “Veterans Treatment Courts are transforming the court room into a place of healing.  It’s an honor to be a champion for Veterans Treatment Courts.”

For more than an hour, Grammy nominated American electric blues vocalist Shemekia Copeland captivated the audience with a masterful blend of fiery ballads at the Warner Theatre before turning the spotlight back to JusticeAid.

Shemekia Copeland singing at the Warner Theatre
 
 
JusticeAid's Gary Kohlman presented a check for $200,000 to Justice For Vets.  The money will be used to support the life-saving work of Justice For Vets through Veterans Treatment Courts.
 
JusticeAid's Gary Kohlman presenting a check for $200,000 to Justice For Vets
 
 
Grammy nominated Trombone Shorty, a New Orleans trombone and trumpet player took the stage and dazzled the audience with jazz, funk and hip hop.  
 
The benefit concert and an earlier press conference hosted by Justice For Vets grabbed the attention of local and national media.  Allison Janney, Melissa Fitzgerald and Veteran Nick Stefanovic appeared on Hardball with Chris Matthews.  The Washington Post, Politico, The Hill, and Blue Nation Review, and Yahoo were among the outlets covering the event. 
 
 
 

 

Attendee Pictures