Miami, FL (October 12, 2017) For the second consecutive year, the Heart in Hand Awards benefiting No More Tears on Sunday, October 1, 2017, honored five outstanding women in the South Florida community and raised awareness for domestic violence and human and sex trafficking. The sold-out event held at EAST, Miami raised more than $40,000, which goes directly to the nonprofit’s victims’ assistance programs.

Honorees Christina Getty, Eva Hughes, Kathryn Mikesell, Meg Daly and Yolanda Berkowitz were chosen for their leadership and contributions in the following categories: Activist, Artist, Philanthropist, Influencer and Pioneer. Each was presented with a handmade sculpture by Miami-based artist Tatiana Blanco.

“These five driven and powerful women are worthy of our praise and so much more,” said Somy Ali, founder of No More Tears. “They have demonstrated their tireless dedication to lifting up our community and I am inspired daily by what they have accomplished.”

The 2nd Annual Heart in Hands Luncheon kicked off with a silent auction and welcome cocktails, followed by the award ceremony and concluding with a gourmet luncheon and live music. The event, planned by a committee of 22 volunteers, was sponsored by Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables, EAST Miami, Scavi & Ray Wines, Sweet Guilt by Angelica, Erbario Toscano and iPushka.

“I was honored to share the successes of No More Tears with the more than 150 men and women who attended this event,” said Ali. “Together, with the help of our supporters we have been able to rescue more than 500 adults and more than 2,100 children. Our goal is to continue our work so that each and every victim has a way out – no one should have to endure abuse.”

Celebrating its 10th anniversary this October, No More Tears is a South Florida nonprofit organization founded by Ali, a former Bollywood actress. No one at No More Tears takes a salary – 100% of all funds are directed toward services that include emergency stays, food and clothing, medical care, legal assistance, enrollment into educational programs to establish job opportunities for the survivors and other services that empower victims of domestic violence, human and sex trafficking to chart a new course.

To learn more about No More Tears and how you can help, visit www.nomoretearsusa.org or call (954) 324-7669.