The 7th Annual Working to Heal Breakfast, held on September 27 at the Danversport Yacht Club for the North Shore business community in support of HAWC (Healing Abuse Working for Change),surpassed its fundraising goal, raking in more than $43,000 to fund domestic violence services in the region.
“We are thrilled with the results of our fall breakfast fundraiser,” said Paula Herrington, HAWC’s Executive Director. “It is inspiring to the HAWC staff to see the business community come out and
show their support for HAWC’s work. It would not be possible to provide comprehensive services to survivors without the generosity of our supporters.”
This year, the event honored Ray Carey, a former HAWC board president and member who has been involved with the agency for more than 20 years. Part owner of Kelly’s Roast Beef and a retired St. John’s Prep track and field coach and teacher, Carey first became involved with HAWC when he invited the agency to come speak to his “Race and Gender Studies” class more than two decades ago. Meredith Flanagan, Vice-President of HAWC’s Board of Directors, presented Carey with his award.
“For those of you who know Ray, you know what a humble, generous and kind person he is. He is a rare individual, and his impact on HAWC cannot be overstated,” said Flanagan. “His commitment to work tirelessly on behalf of survivors is truly remarkable.”
Following Carey’s acceptance of his award, Jaime Osborn, a HAWC client and abuse survivor, bravely shared her story of coping with a violent relationship for over a decade. A common theme that appeared throughout Osborn’s speech: abuse does not necessarily end when the relationship does. When recounting having to testify about her husband’s abuse in court and custody challenges, Osborn said:
“When you have to go onto the stand and relive 13 years of abuse in an hour, to look out and see your advocate sitting there and hugging you with their eyes, helps you get through it. That you don’t have to explain or justify, because they just get it, they know and they also know it is not your fault.”
State Representative Paul Tucker led the event’s Fund-a-Need Auction, which began with an anonymous $5,000 donation from a HAWC supporter. In total, the auction raised more than $20,000, making this year’s auction the most successful in the event’s history.
Linda Puopolo, president of HAWC’s board of directors, also announced at the event that Sara Stanley, former Attorney Director of Legal Services, has been named Deputy Director of HAWC. Stanley, who has more than 10 years of abuse advocacy and legal experience, has been a fierce champion for the agency and will be focused on building strong community relationships in the months to come.
In her remarks, Stanley shared HAWC’s plans to launch two new funds: the Legal Fund and the Children’s Funds with the purpose of growing and sustaining these services for the long term.
HAWC (Healing Abuse Working for Change) is the oldest and the most comprehensive domestic violence agency on Massachusetts' North Shore. HAWC's mission is to create social change by taking action against personal and societal patterns of violence and oppression. HAWC provides services and support to victims of domestic abuse residing in 23 cities and towns on Massachusetts' North Shore. These services include a 24-hour hotline, support groups, individual, legal and hospital advocacy, children’s services, a shelter program, community education and a Parent-Child Trauma Recovery Program. For more information please visit www.hawcdv.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
Media ContactPaula Herrington
Interim Executive Director