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Friday, May 21 | 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. | Via Livestream

Featuring Tarana Burke

On Friday, May 21st, Willow will pay tribute to Stories of Strength, our public art collaboration with artist Sarah C. Rutherford. Like the mural, this virtual celebration will serve to illustrate and amplify the strength, resilience, and courage of those we serve in the Greater Rochester region. Every dollar raised from this special night directly supports The Willow Fund.

Hear from Tarana Burke as she shares her own Story of Strength and insights from You Are Your Best Thing: Vulnerability, Shame Resilience, and the Black Experience, releasing on April 27. Norma Holland will moderate this exclusive LIVE episode of Purple Table Talks addressing the isolation of violence, social conflict and trauma brought to the front of national discourse, and how radical healing can support meaningful change in our community.



About Keynote Speaker

Tarana Burke

The simple yet courageous ‘me too.’ movement has emerged as a rallying cry for people everywhere who have survived sexual assault and sexual harassment – and Tarana Burke’s powerful, poignant story as creator of what is now an international movement that supports survivors will move, uplift, and inspire you.

On stage, she provides words of empowerment that lift up marginalized voices, enables survivors across all races, genders, or classes to know that they are not alone, and creates a place for comfort and healing to those who have experienced trauma.

Willow’s public art collaboration with a mission to heal. Standing at six stories tall and inspired by the real stories of survivors of domestic violence, artist Sarah C. Rutherford interviewed and interwove their experiences into every detail. The mural was installed in October 2020 and is located on the Times Square Building in the heart of downtown Rochester.

Come Celebrate With Us

Enjoy the flavors of Rochester with our exclusive ROCBOX for $200. These beautifully curated boxes will include everything you need to participate in the comfort of your home.

Each box serves two people and includes:

  • Root Catering grazing pantry board with regional
  • artisan cheese and savory surprises
  • Signature cocktail featuring Black Button Distillery
  • Nubian Desserts bespoke cupcakes
  • Limited-edition Stories of Strength mug
  • And more ROCBOX surprises in store!


Willow Center is funded completely by donations.

Your gift to The Willow Fund brings life-saving services and shelter to survivors. Every donation also supports preventive education programs, teaching our youth about healthy relationships and building safer, informed communities for tomorrow.

Each year, Willow provides care to nearly 15,000 people in the Greater Rochester region, bringing life-saving services and shelter to over 8,000 survivors and their loved ones, and providing preventive education programming to over 2,000 students, educators, and healthcare providers.

How Your Gift Makes an Impact


Night Safety for a Survivor


Accompaniment in Court for an Order of Protection.


24 Hours of Hotline for Crisis Support and Safety Planning


Replace Mattresses and Linens in a Shelter Room


Security Deposit and Rent For a Survivor’s Fresh Start


Week of Meals and Snacks for 49 Shelter Residents