Speakers and Honorees
Michael Bolton, award-winning singer, songwriter, actor, author and humanitarian, is the recipient of the Voices of Courage Award. Michael Bolton has been advocating on behalf of women and children at risk for more than 25 years. His foundation, The Michael Bolton Charities, has worked steadfastly to protect domestic violence victims and improve the lives of children impacted by trauma. One of its most successful and innovative projects is the Michael Bolton Charities’ Beyond Trauma: Youth Music Therapy program, a one-of-a-kind groundbreaking initiative that reaches high risk students who have a history of acute trauma.
Jeff Benedict, best-selling author, journalist, producer, and advocate for the prevention of violence against women and children is the recipient of the White Ribbon Award. Before becoming a journalist, he worked in the child victims unit of the district attorney’s office in Boston, where he helped prosecute defendants charged with crimes against women and children. Benedict has written extensively about athletes and violence against women.