Chanel Miller Announced as Keynote Speaker for Riverview Center Evening and Luncheon of Light Galas 2024

Join Riverview Center for our annual Evening and Luncheon of Light Galas on April 18 and 19, 2024 as we celebrate the resiliency of the sexual and domestic abuse survivors we serve daily. This year’s events feature nationally known author and artist, Chanel Miller. 

We are honored to welcome Chanel Miller as our keynote speaker! She was known to the world as Emily Doe when she stunned millions with her victim impact statement, and now her memoir, Know My Name. Brock Turner had been sentenced to just six months in county jail after he was found sexually assaulting her on Stanford’s campus. Her victim impact statement went viral, including a reading on the floor of Congress; it inspired changes in California law and the recall of the judge in the case. Thousands wrote to say that she had given them the courage to share their own experiences of assault for the first time. In her memoir, she reclaims her identity to tell her story of trauma, transcendence, and the power of words.

Chanel Miller is a writer and artist who received her BA in Literature from the University of California,
Santa Barbara. Her critically acclaimed memoir, Know My Name, was a New York Times bestseller, a
New York Times Book Review Notable Book, and a National Book Critics Circle Award winner, as well as
a best book of 2019 in Time, the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, NPR, and People, among others.

She was named one of the Forbes 30 Under 30 and a Time Next 100 honoree and was a Glamour
Woman of the Year honoree under her pseudonym Emily Doe.

Join us for one of these inspiring events, celebrating the healing journeys of survivors. The Galas showcase auction items from local businesses, lunch/dinner, stories of the impact of Riverview Center’s services, and our inspiring keynote speaker. Space is limited. Reserve your spot today! You can get your individual tickets here:

Dubuque Evening of Light:

Cedar Falls/Waterloo Luncheon of Light:

Cedar Rapids Evening of Light:

For information to sponsor one of these events, contact one of our Directors of Development & Public Relations: Sam Blatt at, Heidi Zull at, by phone at 563-557-0310, or via the Riverview Center website at

Evening of Light – Dubuque Luncheon of Light – Cedar Rapids

Grand River Event Center The Hotel at Kirkwood Center

April 18, 2024 April 19, 2024

Evening of Light – Waterloo

Bien VenU Event Center

April 19, 2024

Riverview Center provides sexual assault services for 14 counties in Northeast Iowa, as well as sexual and domestic violence services in Jo Daviess and Carroll Counties in Illinois. Our services are free, regardless of biological sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, immigration status, English proficiency, race and/or ethnicity, incarceration status, disability or background. Riverview Center is a safe space. Services include 24-hour crisis hotlines, legal, medical and social service advocacy, long- and short-term counseling, trauma-informed therapy, transition and basic needs assistance, and more. Care is specialized and client-centered based on an individual’s unique needs and circumstances.

Iowa Sexual Assault Hotline: 888-557-0310

Jo Daviess County Sexual Assault Hotline: 815-777-8155

Jo Daviess County Domestic Violence Hotline: 815-777-3680

Carroll County Sexual Assault Hotline: 815-244-7772

Carroll County Domestic Violence Hotline: 815-244-1320

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