Prudence Crandall Center
More than 250 people filled the room at Bristol’s DoubleTree by Hilton hotel earlier this month to raise awareness and support for Prudence Crandall Center’s efforts to put an end to domestic violence.
The center is working to raise awareness about the realities of domestic violence and the impact it has on all of our communities.
The 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.
State Rep. William Petit, R-Plainville, the foundation president, said, “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.”
Dozens of businesses and organizations showed their support by contributing to the “Celebrating Hope” event as sponsors and ad donors.
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.
Prudence Crandall Center is the oldest domestic violence program in the state and primarily serves residents of Bristol, Berlin, Burlington, Kensington, New Britain, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington and Terryville.