Diane Patrick, First Lady of Massachusetts, to be Honored by MAAV
MELROSE -- The Melrose Alliance Against Violence is pleased to announce that Diane Patrick, First Lady of Massachusetts will be honored with its Second Annual Advocacy in Action Award for her outstanding leadership and commitment to ending domestic violence. Ms. Patrick will be presented with the award at MAAV’s 17th Annual Walk Against Violence and Candlelight Vigil on Sunday, October 28th.
Mrs. Patrick’s tireless work as a supporter of domestic violence awareness is personal. She survived an abusive first marriage, and managed to move on. Today, she is married to Governor Deval Patrick, and has become an outspoken advocate of Massachusetts’ efforts to end domestic violence. In her role as First Lady, Mrs. Patrick has actively worked with families, agencies, and law enforcement to provide support for victims and to identify and address the causes of domestic abuse.
“I am honored to receive this award from the Melrose Alliance Against Violence, and thank them for their mission and the tireless work they do on behalf of the victims of domestic violence,” said Mrs. Patrick.“I will continue to use my role as First Lady of Massachusetts to facilitate the ongoing discussion on how we will end the serious problem of domestic violence in our country, Commonwealth, communities, and homes.”
MAAV reached out to the First Lady five years ago by sending her their original Domestic Violence Awareness bracelet, “Breaking the Chains of Domestic Violence.” She responded with a handwritten thank you note, and MAAV has given her a bracelet every year since.
Mrs. Patrick will be presented with the Advocacy in Action Award by Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone, who will serve as Honorary Chairperson of the event.
“MAAV is an important partner in our efforts to prevent instances of domestic violence and to promote healthy relationships,” District Attorney Leone said. “I am pleased to be the Chair of MAAV’s 17th Annual Walk and Vigil and honored to present First Lady Diane Patrick, who has committed so much of her time and effort to the issue of domestic violence, with MAAV’s Advocacy in Action Award this year.”
The event takes place at 4:00 p.m. at the Melrose Veteran’s Memorial Middle School, beginning with a Candlelight Vigil to honor victims of domestic violence homicide. The event will conclude with a 2 mile walk around Ell Pond. Community members are welcome to participate in the Walk by forming fundraising teams, serving as sponsors, or making individual contributions.
The event serves as MAAV’s largest annual fundraiser, with last year’s Walk raising more than $30,000. Donations are used to fund outreach and support services for victims of domestic violence and prevention and intervention initiatives throughout the community. MAAV’s programs seek to curb bullying, teen dating abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault.
This year’s Walk Committee is Co-Chaired by Joan Bell, President of MAAV’s Board of Directors and Pam Daye of the Melrose Police Department. Twenty community members serve on the committee.
Supporting the event as members of the Honorary Host Committee are Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, former Attorney General Scott Harshbarger, former Attorney General Thomas F. Reilly, Congressman Edward Markey, Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujian, Senator Katherine Clark, Senator Thomas McGee, Representative Paul Brodeur, Mayor Rob Dolan, Superintendent of Schools Cyndy Taymore, and Police Chief Michael Lyle.
Should you wish to participate in the Walk, please contact Rebecca Mooney at 781-662-2010 for more information. To learn more about MAAV, please visit www.maav.org