To the editor:
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and that is why it was fitting that we welcomed in the new month with our annual “Walk Against Domestic Violence” on Sunday, Sept. 30, in Newburyport.
Despite rainy skies, the spirits of more than 500 people who turned out for the walk were not dampened in the least, as members from our community joined together to make a strong statement against the scourge of domestic violence.
Together, our sponsors, walkers, family and friends pitched in to contribute more than $100,000 to this effort. The funds will be used to offset the cost of providing services to our clients. We never want financial circumstances to be a barrier to those who need our services, so it is essential that our services be provided at no cost.
There are so many to thank and space doesn’t permit listing everyone, but to everyone in the community who supports the work and mission of the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center, thank you, especially, during our 30th year of service.
I want to acknowledge in particular Patty Dorfman, volunteer chairperson of the event, and the large committee of volunteers who worked tirelessly to make the walk a success. The crisis center could not function without our small army of volunteers, and to each of you, we are very grateful.
And to our staff: our counselors, therapists, advocates and staff attorney, who carry out the direct service work of the center every day, providing support to hundreds of adults and children every month, and to our administrative support team in Newburyport who help to make that work possible, we say thank you. Funds also support our Girls Inc. of the Seacoast program, which allows us to continue our work to inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold, as well as our school-based programs that address bullying, teen dating violence and healthy relationships.
Also, I want to thank the more than 40 residents of High Street in Newburyport who helped our promotional efforts by allowing us to display a sign on their lawns in the days before the walk. That added visibility was a real plus. And, I would like to thank Mark Richey Woodworking for hosting the event.
And, to all of our walk sponsors, beginning with our Presenting Sponsor for the 12th year, The Institution for Savings. And our Going-the-Distance Sponsors: Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank and Citizens Bank Foundation. Stepping-Up Sponsors: Anonymous, Matter Communications, TD Bank, N.A., TeamLogic IT, Verizon Wireless New England. Pacesetter Sponsors: Anna Jaques Hospital, Dietz & Lynch Capital, Gerry & Lyndie Donovan, First National Bank of Ipswich, The Governor’s Academy, Leeward Light Charitable Thrift Store, The Provident Bank, St. James Episcopal Church, Supercuts. Lawn Sign Sponsors: Dolan Financial Services; Interlocks Salon & Day Spa; Leeward Light Charitable Thrift Store; Supercuts. Stride Right Sponsors: American Distribution Inc.; Arthur S. Page Insurance Agency, Inc.; Castagna Construction; Colden & Seymour Ear Nose Throat & Allergy; Law Office of Donald M. Greenough; J.Jill; Jason & Tanya Nizialek Fund; OSRAM Sylvania, Inc.; Strem Chemicals; Vision Source—Watts Eye Associates; Wheelabrator North Andover. Foot Soldier Sponsors: Appleton Eye Associates; Chococoa Baking Company; Commonwealth Payroll & HR; Cote Plumbing & Heating; Patricia Dorfman & Robert Tommasino; Essex Street Inn; Michael R. Flynn; Fritz DeGuglielmo LLC; Peter & Patty Hoyt; Georgetown Bank; Charles E. Gill Jr., Esq.; Kenneth C. Halkin Management Consulting; JEMS Financial; Paula Katkin; Carolyn A. Madison, DMD; Judith Martino; Merrow’s Inc.; Newburyport Dental Associates; The Pearce Family; Port Paint ‘N Paper Inc.; Revitalive Café; Paul C. Rogers Family Funeral Home; Starensier Inc.; Stone Ridge Properties Inc.; The Port Tavern; Tommasino & Tommasino; ZAR-TECH.
Friend Sponsors: All That Cheer & Tumble; Amesbury police Chief Mark Gagnon; Amesbury Society of Quakers; Appliance Warehouse; Dr. Robin S. Blair, Optometrist; Borislow Insurance; Coldwell Banker; Carr Island Animal Hospital; Bernard and Donna Christopher; Coastal Connections Inc.; Center for Psychiatric Medicine; The Dragon’s Nest Toy Store; Fowles Market; Gonthier’s Service Station; Hampton Inn and Suites; Healey, Deshaies, Gagliardi & Woelfel, PC; Fred and Elise Henrichs; Holmes Physical Therapy; Inn Street Barbershop; Michael Jewell; Helgard and Marina Kirsch; Leo’s Super Bowl; Oregano Pizzeria; Plum Island Grille; Pretty Poppy; Rasamaya; Mark Richey Woodworking; Rotary Club of Newburyport; Schwartz Hannum, PC; Law Offices of Joyce E. Scott.
And to those who donated goods or services, our In-Kind Sponsors: 17 State Street; Angie’s; Best of British; Big Balloon Bash; Boy Scouts Pack 21; Castagna Construction; Colby Farms; Fontaine Dubus, The Dance Place; Fitness Together; Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce; Hardy Auto Body; Renee Keon; Market Basket; McDonald’s; MetroRock; City of Newburyport; Newburyport High School Band & Cheerleaders; Northeast Dermatology Associates; The Quinlan Family; Mark Richey Woodworking; Seaport Signworks; Shaw’s Supermarkets; Silly Sally the Clown; St. Paul’s Episcopal Church; Starbucks; Taylor Rental; Ten Center Street; Theatre in the Open; Jen Wright Signs.
The 2012 Walk Against Domestic Violence was a true community effort. Today, with the help of many, we continue to strive to end family violence, and help victims regain safety, wellbeing and self-sufficiency.
Suzanne C. Dubus
CEO, Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center