The RESPONDing to Domestic Violence Gala, held in October to recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month, is an annual event celebrating RESPOND’s accomplishments, honoring those who have aided the movement to end domestic violence and raising essential funds to continue to carry out its mission.
The event is an evening of celebration and furthering RESPOND's mission. It features an extended cocktail reception, open bar (beer/wine), dessert, silent and live auctions, and a moving program of honorees to help educate the audience about RESPOND's mission to end domestic violence.
RESPOND has put together a special program for 2011, including two incredible honorees:
Diane Patrick, First Lady of Massachusetts
Timothy White Take a Stand Award
Diane Patrick, lawyer, mother, educator and advocate for survivors of domestic violence, is being presented with the Timothy White Take a Stand Award for using her voice to draw local and national attention to the issue of domestic violence, leveraging her public voice to encourage dialogue and promote awareness. Mrs. Patrick has been an outspoken advocate in the Commonwealth’s ongoing effort to end domestic violence, and has been actively engaged with families, agencies and law enforcement to support victims and to identify and address the root causes of domestic abuse. Most recently, she unveiled a public service announcement in which she implores victims of domestic violence and sexual assault to seek help.
Nadine Walker Mooney
Rita Bourgeois Leadership Award
Turning tragedy into triumph, Ms. Nadine Walker Mooney is a woman of extraordinary strength, determination and character as evidenced throughout her journey through, and out of, a relationship severely affected by domestic violence. RESPOND is honored to present Ms. Walker Mooney with the Rita Bourgeois Leadership Award for her courage, tenacity, and leadership in domestic violence education, prevention and intervention work. Ms. Walker Mooney is the first survivor to receive the Rita Bourgeois Leadership Award and will be sharing her riveting story while delivering the evening’s keynote address.
About RESPOND, Inc.
RESPOND, Inc., a pioneer in the movement to end domestic violence, is New England’s oldest domestic violence agency. Throughout the year, RESPOND serves the Greater Boston area, providing life-saving emergency shelter, support services, training and education to nearly 10,000 people.