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Voices Of Courage Spring Luncheon Is A Huge Success

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Passionate, candid and, at times, emotional, newswoman Tamron Hall shared with a crowd of 500 people attending DVCC's 12th annual Voices of Courage Spring Luncheon the very personal story that led her to advocate for greater awareness about domestic violence. Hall, a co-host of NBC's TODAY show and host of MSNBC's NewsNation, was the keynote speaker and honoree at the May 1st event that raised over $170,000 for the agency.

During the luncheon, DVCC also recognized former Wilton resident Margery Nickel for her contribution to the agency through the creation of The Mark Nickel Fund for Wilton Families Impacted by Domestic Violence.

Hall told the audience about her sister's tragic death, widely believed to be the result of domestic violence, and voiced her belief that she could have done more to help her sister, who was found face down in her swimming pool with blunt force trauma to the back of her head and torn fingernails. Police ruled her death a homicide, but were not able to make a case against the suspected killer.

Frustrated that her sister kept returning to what was clearly an abusive relationship, Hall said she finally gave up trying to help her, but now realizes that was a mistake.

"I wasn't smart enough; brave enough....all I know is I failed her. I should have kept calling every day. I could have and I should have."

Hall said she supports organizations such as DVCC because they have been on the front lines of addressing domestic violence and assisting victims for years, and it is one way for her to learn and to give back. She applauded DVCC, not only for providing services and raising awareness, but also for going further by actively influencing legislation that has resulted in better laws and positive systems change statewide for those impacted by domestic violence.

During the two-hour event, DVCC introduced two new videos: "Crisis Chronicles", which speaks to the impact of domestic violence across the seven communities it serves and "A Love Letter", in which Marge Nickel talks about memories of her late son and her hope that the fund she created in his name will mean a better life for families affected by domestic violence. To date the Mark Nickel Fund has raised over $75,000.

DVCC is grateful to the many people who helped to make this event a huge success: members of the luncheon committee and committee co-chairs, Denise Mangano and Ellen Christian, who put in countless hours of work; our luncheon sponsors who contributed so generously; volunteers who sold raffle tickets, took photographs and helped out wherever needed; all of you who supported DVCC by coming to the luncheon and all of you who support us in so many ways throughout the year. THANK YOU!