DALLAS – July 26, 2017 – Mary Kay Inc. today announced the Mary Kay Ash Heart of Courage Awards, which will recognize passionate individuals and organizations working to prevent and end domestic violence and dating abuse across the United States.

“We created this program as a way to stand with our community and recognize the unsung heroes working to preventing domestic violence and dating abuse,” said Crayton Webb, Vice President, Corporate Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility for Mary Kay Inc. “For more than 20 years, Mary Kay has been committed to ending domestic violence. We now want to recognize those we stand alongside in this fight by bringing awareness and recognition to their tireless efforts.”

Nominations are now open to the public at http://bit.ly/2tBTXWG. Public award categories include:

  • Digital Champion: An organization, program or individual that is creatively using a website, social media platform, video or other digital medium in unexpected or compelling ways to effectively prevent or address domestic violence and/or dating abuse.
  • Leader in Prevention: An organization, program or individual that is doing stand-out work in preventing domestic violence and/or dating abuse by actively working to prevent domestic violence and/or dating abuse before it happens, as well as promoting healthy relationship behaviors.
  • Media Visionary: A member of online or traditional media who is using their platform to raise awareness about domestic violence and/or dating abuse. The nominee may or may not work directly with a domestic violence program or organization; however, s/he will consistently leverage their role in the media to draw attention to domestic violence and/or dating abuse.
  • People’s Choice: Voice of the Year: An individual who is truly inspirational and has moved their audience to stand up against domestic violence and/or dating abuse, sometimes for the first time.

In addition, the Mary Kay Ash Heart of Courage Awards Steering Committee, which is comprised of leaders from the National Domestic Violence Hotline, Break the Cycle, Futures Without Violence, the National Network to End Domestic Violence, the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, will vote on the Trailblazer Award, which will honor a leader who is blazing a trail to prevent or end domestic violence and/or dating abuse.

Nominations will be accepted through 11:59 p.m. local time on Friday, Aug. 11. Winners in each category will be recognized at an awards ceremony during Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October 2017) in Washington, D.C.

To date, Mary Kay Inc. and The Mary Kay FoundationSM have given $53 Million to domestic violence prevention and awareness programs in an effort to end the cycle of abuse. For more information about Mary Kay’s commitment to end domestic violence visit marykay.com/dontlookaway.

For more information about the awards, visit http://bit.ly/2tBTXWG or follow along on social media with #MaryKay and #HeartofCourage.

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