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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 8, 2017
Submitted by Maggie Fronk, Executive Director
Wellspring to Host ‘Changemakers’ Fundraiser as a celebration of the
people and programs who help create a community free of relationship and sexual abuse
On Thursday, March 30, Wellspring is hosting ‘Changemakers—Champions for Change’ as a celebration of the people and programs who help create a community free of relationship and sexual abuse. The event, made possible in part by Gold Sponsors The Adirondack Trust Company and MVP Healthcare, is being held at Prime at Saratoga National, and will begin at 6:30 PM.
The evening will feature hearty hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and silent auction. The event will introduce guests to a sampling of Wellspring’s powerful programs offered to our community that educate about healthy relationships and consent, prevent relationship and sexual abuse, and foster social change. The evening will also highlight the services Wellspring provides to more than 1,000 victims of domestic violence and sexual assault each year, to help keep them safe, understand their experiences and access important resources. Domestic Violence is the #1 cause of family homelessness in Saratoga County.
Tickets for the evening are $75 a person, $150 a couple, and are available online at www.wellspringcares.org/change, or by calling Wellspring at 518-583-0280.
Wellspring Executive Director Maggie Fronk, said, “Wellspring wants to change the way people, and society think about domestic violence and sexual assault. Every one of us has the potential to be a Changemaker; many of our programs work to help people be more aware about these issues, and to give them the skills to create the change needed to end relationship and sexual abuse.”
She went on to add, “These relationship and sexual abuse affect our entire community. We are honored to have the chance to recognize members of our community who have already demonstrated their commitment to this change. I’d also like to acknowledge several of our generous sponsors including Stewart’s Shops, Saratoga National Bank & Trust, Polyset, and The Office of Sherry Finkel Murphy, Northwest Mutual, as well as Mazzone Hospitality for their support of the event.”
At Wellspring, our mission is to support survivors and engage our community to end relationship and sexual abuse. Each year, our crisis intervention and survivor services support more than 1,000 clients—providing safe housing to adults and children either fleeing or homeless because of domestic violence, as well as comprehensive support in the form of counseling, legal advocacy, and case management. While helping victims in need is a major focus of the Agency’s mission, we know that by increasing awareness we can end intimate partner violence. Wellspring staff provides prevention and education programs to school-aged youth, as well as training and education programs for parents, faith based congregations, and professional organizations.
Wellspring Announces Addition of Four New Board Members
Wellspring has announced the addition of four members to its board of directors, Amy Knussman, John Lefner, Denis Palumbo, and Dawn Sauer.
Mrs. Knussman is an attorney and Partner at Donnellan & Knussman, PLLC, in Ballston Spa. A practicing attorney since 2003, she has represented thousands of children, parents, and relatives in family court and matrimonial matters. She is a member of the Saratoga County Bar Association, Adirondack Women’s Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, and Collaborative Divorce Association of the Capital District. Attorney Knussman is the 2012 Recipient of the Legal Project’s Brigid Nolan Memorial Award, which is presented for dedication, and pro-bono service of victims of domestic violence offered through Legal Project.
Currently, Mrs. Knussman is the Events Chair for the Chango Elementary School PTA and is a member of the school’s Safety Team. Previously she served on the Board of Directors of the Beagle School. Mrs. Knussman has lived in Saratoga County for over eighteen years. She resides in Ballston Lake with her husband, two sons, and their dogs.
Mr. Lefner is the Executive Director for the Capital District YMCA. He is a seasoned non-profit executive, has provided leadership to the Saratoga Independent School, Double H Ranch, and YMCA associations in Rhode Island and Florida. He is a member of the Double H Ranch 25th Anniversary Committee and the Saratoga Independent School 7th & 8th Grade Expansion Committee. Mr. Lefner resides in Saratoga Springs with his wife Dr. Jennifer Lefner and two daughters Sasha and Olivia.
Denise Palumbo is one of the owners of Plum and Crimson Fine Interior Design in Saratoga Springs. Denise is a member of the Saratoga Builders Association and has volunteered for many years on their Showcase of Homes Committee. She resides in Saratoga Springs, and is the mother of three grown children.
Mrs. Sauer is an Account Executive at Adirondack Trust Insurance. She has been a member of the Saratoga Hospital Volunteer Guild, acted as a parent volunteer at Saint Clement’s Regional Catholic School, and has volunteered locally for a variety of nonprofit organizations since moving to the Capital Region in 2007. Dawn is a Leadership Saratoga alumna and serves on the Saratoga Chamber Players Board of Directors.
Wellspring executive director Maggie Fronk said, “Wellspring’s set a BIG GOAL—Ending relationship and sexual abuse in our community. Our board, staff, and volunteers are committed, every single day to achieving that goal. We’re thrilled to welcome these four new board members who share the same vision, and have the passion and skills we need to accomplish our goal.”
About Wellspring: The mission of Wellspring is to support survivors and engage our community to end relationship and sexual abuse. Each year, their crisis intervention and survivor services support more than 1,000 clients—keeping them safe, and providing comprehensive support in the form of counseling, legal advocacy, and case management. While helping victims in need is a major focus of the Agency’s mission, we know that by increasing awareness we can end intimate partner violence. Wellspring staff provides prevention and education programs to school-aged youth, as well as training and education programs for parents, faith based congregations, and professional organizations.