“And that is how change happens. One gesture. One person. One moment at a time.”
~ Libba Bray, The Sweet Far Thing
Changemakers: Champions for Change
A celebration of the programs and people who help create a community free of relationship and sexual abuse.
On Thursday, March 30, Wellspring served as host to 200 community members at Prime at Saratoga National as they presented their inaugural ‘Changemakers—Champions for Change’ fundraiser, a celebration of the people and programs who help create a community free of relationship and sexual abuse. The event was made possible in part by Gold Sponsors The Adirondack Trust Company and MVP Healthcare.
Changemakers introduced guests to a sampling of the programs Wellspring provides to the community that can help educate about healthy relationships and consent, prevent relationship and sexual abuse, and foster social change. The evening also highlighted 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.
Guests enjoyed hearty hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and a silent and live auction. All told, participants helped Wellspring raise almost $30,000 in support of Wellspring and their work to end relationship and sexual abuse in our community.
The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the ‘Changemaker’ award to local individuals and groups, “in recognition of their commitment to change, and their work to create a community free of relationship and sexual abuse.” The 2017 recipients are:
- The Shenendehowa Central School District, for their commitment to working with the community to address issues that affect youth. The award was accepted on behalf of the school by Rebecca Carman, Director of Policy and Community Development, Shenendehowa Central Schools
- Howard Connors, for serving as a role model as how one person can take action to make a difference. He has demonstrated his commitment to helping survivors by singlehandedly organizing an annual golf tournament, and using the proceeds to support local organizations that work with survivors or relationship abuse.
- The Hospitality Committee of the Saratoga Chamber of Commerce. For 20 years, the Hospitality Committee has hosted the Bartenders’ Ball, raising more than $500 million for nonprofits throughout Saratoga County while honoring the individuals who make the $120 million/year Saratoga County hospitality industry happen. Throughout that time, Mark Baker, John Baker, and Dale Easter have served as key volunteers for the committee.
PHOTO CREDIT: Cathleen Duffy
Wellspring Executive Director Maggie Fronk, said, “We want to thank everyone who help make Changemakers such a great event—our sponsors and donors, the committee members who worked so hard, and the people at Mazzone Hospitality for their exceptional work in creating an engaging environment and menu. However, most of all, we want to thank everyone who came to this event. We all have the capacity to be a Changemaker—by inviting Wellspring programs into your schools and communities, by giving back, or by simply changing the way we talk about these issues. Any one of these will help in our work to create a community free of relationship and sexual abuse.”
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Thanks to Our Gold Sponsors
Thanks to Our Honorary Committee
Gerard and Angela Amedio · Jay and Alysa Arnold · Michael and Stacie Arpey · Duane and Cindy Ball · Nancy Bunting ·
Caroline Cardone · Dave and Stephanie Collins · Vince and Kristen Corcoran · Shawn and Stephanie Corp ·
Gary Dake and Aimee Taylor · Lana Earle · Maggie Fronk · Marcus and Julie Fuller · Scott and Erica Fuller ·
Dr. Charles Gordon & New York Pain Management · Eduardo Guevara and Sophia Monsour · John Hudak and Christie Keegan ·
Jamie and Rebecca Lawrence · Dr. Jennifer and John Lefner · Jason and Martha MacGregor · Tom Meaney and Kelly Madden-Meaney ·
Michael Mihaly and Tesha Perry · Denise Palumbo · Tara Pleat · Luke and Kate Roden · Dawn Sauer · Michael and Linda Toohey ·
James and Susan Towne · Nancy Trimbur · Ethan and Anne Winter