11th Annual Kolot “Breaking the Silence Luncheon” Presented by Verizon02/11/2018 10:30AM - 12:30PM Signature Grand | 6900 State Road 84, Davie, FL 33317
The 11th Annual Kolot Breaking the Silence Luncheon benefiting Goodman Jewish Family Services Domestic Abuse Program will be on Sunday, February 11, 2018.
Our guest speaker this year will be Melissa Dohme Hill.
It’s a true miracle that Melissa Dohme Hill is alive and healthy today. In January of 2012, she was brutally attacked by her high school ex-boyfriend who stabbed her 32 times in the neck, face, arms and hands, attempting to take her life. The attack caused her entire blood volume to be replaced twice, resulting in her flat-lining four times and suffering a stroke in the emergency room. Following that horrific night and her miraculous recovery, Melissa developed the conviction to become an advocate and speak out against domestic violence. She has shared her story with thousands of people, speaking at various domestic violence events, conferences, high schools and colleges. Melissa has been featured in national and international publications and television shows, including: People Magazine, 48 HOURS “Live to Tell,” Inside Edition, Good Morning America, Today Show, BBC News, Fox News, CNN, Nancy Grace on HLN, Investigation Discovery and many more.
In recognition of her effective advocacy in the community, Melissa has been awarded CASA’s 2013 Victory Over Violence award, WEDU’s 2016 Be More Outspoken: Voice of Tampa Bay Award and the Pinellas County Domestic Violence Task Force’s 2016 Outstanding Achievement in Preventing Domestic Violence Award.
Despite doctors advising a break due to her traumatic brain injury, Melissa returned immediately to college and never gave up on her education. In 2012, she was awarded St. Petersburg College Clearwater’s Student of the Year and honored as the commencement speaker for her associates degree. In May of 2016, she proudly reached her ultimate goal and graduated with honors, summa cum laude (3.9 GPA), for her Bachelor of Applied Science in Business Management & Organizational Leadership.
Today, Melissa proudly works for a Tampa Bay nonprofit organization, Hands Across the Bay, as a Domestic Violence Prevention advocate and speaker. Every day that Melissa walks into work to help others, she feels she is fulfilling her life purpose of surviving that horrific night.