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Gail Collins Hails Supporters of DVCC

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New York Times Op-Ed columnist Gail Collins paid tribute to those who strive to eliminate domestic violence, calling them official heroes in the historic struggle for equal rights and justice, during a recent fundraiser for the Domestic Violence Crisis Center.

Collins regaled the audience of more than 500 supporters with anecdotes taken from her research on the history of women in America for her latest book, When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present. The book chronicles the efforts to establish equal rights for women and the subsequent dramatic societal changes over the past 50 years.

Selling raffle tickets in front of a grocery store, as DVCC supporters do before the luncheon to help raise funds, may not seem like a central part in the history of women in America, but it is, Collins told the crowd. She likened it to the women who circulated petitions or held fairs to raise money for anti-slavery efforts and the women who won the right to vote through similar small, persistent, supportive, networking efforts.

"This is the great thread of our history, about women helping other women,” she said. “Everybody brings their own strengths to the table and creates a whole new thing that changes the lives of other women. That’s exactly what you’re doing today. You are the heroes officially of this story.”

The ninth annual Voices of Courage fundraiser, held on May 18 at the Stamford Marriott Hotel, raised $175,000 for the DVCC that will go toward providing essential services for victims of domestic abuse and their children.

The luncheon also honored former Westport resident Kathy Kincaid, who passed away unexpectedly last October, for her long-time support of and commitment to the agency. An ongoing award, “Putting Others First”, was established in her name.

The DVCC offers confidential services at no charge, that include court and legal services, group and individual counseling, temporary shelter, housing services, children’s services, medical advocacy,  multilingual services, the PeaceWorks prevention education project, community education and a 24-hour hotline (1-888-774-2900). With offices in Stamford and Norwalk, DVCC is the only domestic violence agency serving the communities of Stamford, Norwalk, Westport, Darien, New Canaan, Wilton and Weston.

In fiscal year 2009 – 2010, DVCC provided shelter and counseling services to 3,678 unduplicated victims of domestic violence, and PeaceWorks provided programs to 25,589 students and conducted workshops and awareness events for 3,545 adults.


For additional information, contact Kathy Lake, Media Relations Advocate, 203-588-9100, email: klake@dvccct.org