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Dish It Up

Thank you for joining us for the 10th Anniversary of Dish It Up!


The 10th Anniversary Edition of Dish It Up was a smashing success, raising more than $170,000 for Women Against Abuse's life-saving services, and attracting more than 450 advocates, supporters, and food aficionados!

  • Mary Lochary of The Rittenhouse won the coveted Purple Dish Award with her short rib summer roll, and Ruth Scott of Cupcakes by Ruth won the Purple Dessert Award with her Orange is the New Blackberry cupcake!

  • We were so pleased to honor Joe H. Tucker, Jr., of Tucker Law Group as our 2018 Advocate of the Year.

  • The audience was deeply moved to experience the video debut of William's Story, featuring the inspiring journey that William Spratley - an advocate who lost his daughter, Ameya, to domestic violence - has made to raise awareness to this public health epidemic.

  • Honorary Chair Renee Amoore led an exciting Text to Pledge solicitation that raised more than $30,000 on-the-spot for Women Against Abuse's work!

  • And, guests were able to contribute messages of hope to survivors through an interactive art display, painted during the event.


We are so grateful to everyone for their incredible support! 

The 10th Annual Dish It Up, Our Voices, Our Stories, provided guests with a powerful look at the lives transformed by Women Against Abuse. Our Voices, Our Stories acknowledges the critical importance of listening to and affirming the experiences of those affected by domestic violence. Together, we celebrate the accomplishments of the last year and give towards this incredible mission.

The Dish It Up Advocate of the Year award honors a person(s) who demonstrates extraordinary leadership for efforts to prevent domestic violence and promote safety for women in Philadelphia. Women Against Abuse is pleased to recognize Joe H. Tucker, Jr. for his tireless support – not only of this organization and the survivors we support – but for victims and survivors in all realms who would otherwise be without a voice.

Mr. Tucker is the Founder and Managing Partner of Tucker Law Group focused on complex civil litigation matters, and is one of the country’s leading trial lawyers. Mr. Tucker has been recognized by the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers as one of the state’s top attorneys (2005-2016) and is a Fellow in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.

Mr. Tucker is active in Bar Association activities. He has served as President of the Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia; is Master of the Bench of the University of Pennsylvania Law School American Inn of Court; and is a member of the American Bar Association’s Litigation Section and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, United States Supreme Court Historical Society and National Bar Association.

Mr. Tucker has a long-standing commitment to the community and public service. Mr. Tucker has served on many non-profit boards including Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania, the Support Center for Child Advocates, and Big Brothers/Big Sisters – Independence Region. He is deeply committed to empowering women within his firm, who are represented at all levels of leadership.

Mr. Tucker has received numerous awards and accolades, including: the Support Center for Child Advocates’ 40 for 40 Friends Award; Spectrum Health Services’ 50 Community Gems Award; the Temple University Alumni Association’s Impact Award; the Black Law Students’ Association Cecil B. Moore Award; and 6abc’s African American Businessman Making a Difference in the Community Award.

“Now more than ever, we must take a stand against relational violence and lead with our giving.” –Renee Amoore

Reneé Amoore, founder and president of The Amoore Group, Inc., is an entrepreneur, healthcare advocate, author, and political advisor.

Amoore created Amoore Health Systems, Inc. (AHS), in 1996 a company designed to contribute significantly to the improved delivery, service, and quality of healthcare in the United States. AHS has taken its mission abroad with the implementation of progressive health programs in Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa. In 1999, Amoore expanded her enterprise with the creation of 521 Management, Inc., which has grown to become one of Pennsylvania’s premier strategic communications firms. By 1999, Ramsey Educational Development Institute, Inc. (REDI) was on the scene. A non-profit agency, REDI provides a variety of services to children and adults throughout southeastern Pennsylvania, including job readiness, social survival skills, and early intervention services for children.

An energetic and inspiring leader, Amoore has spent much of her adult years serving on numerous professional and community organizations. She became the first African American ever elected to the Upper Merion School District, serving as the board’s vice president for four years.

Because of her ability to motivate an audience with stirring and lively speeches, Amoore is often in demand to appear on television and radio, sharing her insight on politics, economy, the state of healthcare, and women’s issues. Amoore was appointed the Deputy Chair of the Republican Party of Pennsylvania, and made history in 2004 when she became the first female and African American ever to chair a Pennsylvania delegation to the Republican National Convention.

We were thrilled to have Melissa Magee return as our Mistress of Ceremonies! Melissa joined the 6abc Action News team in 2009, and is currently the weekend meteorologist for Action News at 6pm, 11pm, as well as Action News at 10pm on PHL-17. She came to 6abc from WNYW in New York, where she presented the weather for the station’s midday newscast. Melissa also anchored the weather for the Good Day New York morning show, as well as the evening newscasts. Melissa is committed to making a distinctive and lasting connection with the viewers. She enjoys hosting a variety of annual 6abc specials, including the Philadelphia Auto Show and the Philadelphia Flower Show. Melissa is also a co-host of FYI Philly, 6abc's weekly entertainment and lifestyle program. Whether she’s out in the field or in-studio, Melissa enjoys gathering facts, and in turn, communicating that valuable information to those who need it the most. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, working out, dancing and spending time with family and friends.

We were thrilled to have Aaron Parnell Brown entertain guests during a special Pre-Event Reception for sponsors. With his trailblazing, instantly memorable songs and gritty, unvarnished vocals, Aaron Parnell Brown is among the most extraordinary up-and-comers in the roots rhythm and blues world. His deep familiarity with the roots rhythm and blues tradition allows him to bust the genre wide open, adding new sounds, colors and textures, all delivered with a revival tent preacher's fervor and a natural storyteller's charisma. Since the 2012 release of his self-released debut, Sing, Brown's meteoric rise from playing small clubs in Northeastern Pennsylvania to playing live on the iconic NPR roots music show Mountain Stage (in West Virginia) is nothing short of phenomenal. With accolades like winning an Independent Music Award and Soul/R&B Artist Of The Year (Tri State Indie Music Awards) he continues to set the roots rhythm and blues world on fire.

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Mike’s Story

Mike's Story

Mike, a former police detective with the Philadelphia Police Department, has been working as the police liaison for Women Against Abuse, so that he can help survivors in ways he couldn’t as a detective.

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Alyssa’s Story

Alyssa’s Story

Alyssa* had been living with her parents and was restricted to a wheelchair due to under-developed limbs.

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Renee’s Story

Renee’s Story

Renee Norris Jones experienced 7 years of domestic violence at a time when few resources existed to help victims escape abuse.

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Allison’s Story

Allison’s Story

Allison* cringed at her reflection in the mirror as she gently dabbed concealer over the bruises circling her eye.

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Kathleen’s Story

Kathleen’s Story

Up until three years ago, Kathleen's* life was defined by her husband's moods, needs and whims.

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Dana’s Story

Dana’s Story

Former emergency shelter resident Dana*, intelligent and bright-spirited, worked hard for her credentials.

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Sarah’s Story

Sarah’s Story

Sarah joined Women Against Abuse in September 2010 through a partnership program with the German peace and volunteer organization ARSP.

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Verizon’s Story

Verizon’s Story

A valued corporate partner, Verizon has been committed to empowering survivors of domestic violence in Philadelphia through HopeLine by Verizon.

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Lonnie & Jordan’s Story

Lonnie & Jordan’s Story

The life-saving work that Women Against Abuse achieves each day would not be possible without the support of advocates in the community.

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Dick MacKay’s Story

Dick MacKay’s Story

Dick MacKay knows the real reason for the holiday season—to bring hope to families in need.

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