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Community Comes Together to Support Efforts to End Domestic Violence

PCC’s President Claudia Barbieri, State Representative William Petit, and PCC’s Executive Director Barbara Damon

More than 250 people filled the room at Bristol’s DoubleTree by Hilton hotel Friday morning to raise awareness and support for Prudence Crandall Center’s efforts to put an end to domestic violence. For too long, domestic violence has been considered a private matter. Many are still under the misconception that it doesn’t happen in their family, among their friends, or in their neighborhood. Prudence Crandall Center is working to raise awareness about the realities of domestic violence and the impact it has on all of our communities.

Prudence Crandall Center is working to raise awareness about the realities of domestic violence and the impact it has on all of our communities. The Center is working to raise awareness about the realities of domestic violence and the impact it has on all of our communities.

Friday’s successful fundraising event, “Celebrating Hope,” was the culmination of a year-long effort by Prudence Crandall Center to raise awareness and prevent domestic violence.

The event included a generous leadership gift over five years totaling $50,000 from the J.P. Bruemmer Charitable Lead Trust, a long-standing supporter of the agency.

The Presenting Sponsor once again was the Petit Family Foundation which has been the lead sponsor of the agency’s events for a decade.

Dr. Bill Petit, Foundation President, stated, “I was once again saddened but then inspired hearing several stories of abuse and then the manner in which the Prudence Crandall Center helped empower victims of violence to move forward in a positive fashion. This breakfast gathering truly was a celebration of hope. The Petit Family Foundation remains proud and will fervently continue to support the Prudence Crandall Center and their mission.”

Event speakers shared their personal, painful journeys and their deep gratitude for Prudence Crandall Center’s services. According to Barbara Damon, Prudence Crandall Center CEO, “This year’s event was an incredible, heart-warming success in terms of the outpouring of community support in the room–including individuals, civic and church groups, and local businesses– and every dollar raised is critical to sustaining our life-changing and life-saving services for those who have already experienced domestic violence and our efforts to prevent future violence.”

In addition to the annual Celebrating Hope event, ongoing awareness-raising efforts by Prudence Crandall Center include a twice monthly tour that is open to the public.

Nearly 500 people have attended a “Hope Tour.” The tours provide an opportunity to experience the impact of Prudence Crandall Center’s services and learn about the barriers victims face as they leave abusive homes on their journey to safety and self-sufficiency.

On the tour, people are encouraged to join the effort to raise awareness and prevent domestic violence by telling family and friends about what they learned and inviting them to a future tour.

Dozens of businesses and organizations showed their support by contributing to Friday’s event as sponsors and ad donors.

The Diamond Sponsor was Tokio Marine HCC and Platinum Sponsors included Beacon Prescriptions New Britain and Stanley Black & Decker.

Gold Sponsors were American Savings Foundation, Barnes Group Foundation, Caroline Aston Fund–First Church of Christ and Bank of America.

Silver Sponsors included Marcum LLP, the Sunrise Foundation for Women, Soroptimist International of the Farmington Valley, William & Ellen Macristy Foundation, and Tri-Star Industries.

Bronze Sponsors were Tucker Mechanical, Conry Asset Management, LLC, Yarde Metals, United Healthcare, EDCO Engineering Inc., Starling Physicians PC, All Waste, Connecticut Health Foundation, B&D Controlled Air and DoubleTree by Hilton/Bristol.

Individuals, organizations and businesses wishing to support this year’s Celebrating Hope still have time by visiting www.prudencecrandall.org or by calling Development Director Carolyn Jasper at 860-225-5187 ext. 18.

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