Mahoney Tribute Committee Hosts Voices Against Violence With Keynote Middlesex District Attorney Marian T. Ryan
Tewksbury, MA – July 21, 2016 – On New Year’s Eve 1975, Dr. Hugh Mahoney, his wife Ruth, and their fifteen-year-old son John were murdered in their Tewksbury home. Family and friends found themselves disempowered and bewildered. In many ways, this tragic event forever changed our community.
Maureen Mahoney, surviving daughter, is passionate about tackling domestic violence and violence against children in our community. Last year, Maureen mobilized the Mahoney Tribute Committee to coordinate a well-attended memorial and community awareness event at Tewksbury Country Club. Speakers highlighted the impact of violence on our community and four local violence prevention programs were awarded grants.
The Mahoney Tribute Committee remains committed to ending violence that impacts the most vulnerable members of our communities. On October 19, 2016 the Mahoney Tribute Committee will be hosting Voices Against Violence at the Tewksbury Country Club at 6:00 o’clock in the evening.
“When a child, vulnerable teen, or adult lives in fear and their daily lives consist of thwarting another’s anger they lose the ability to function with a rational, clear mind. Chronic abuse ruins a life. Voices Against Violence will address ending violence that occurs in the home,” remarks Maureen Mahoney.
This year’s event will feature Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan. D.A. Ryan has spent her entire career prosecuting serious cases across the county at both the trial and appellate level. She created the office’s county-wide Workplace Safety and Violence Prevention Program and lectures and leads workshops on the teen dating violence and anti-bullying.
Along with Maureen Mahoney, Voices Against Violence will also feature the executive director of the Center for Hope and Healing Isa Woldeguiorguis and Jody Marchand of Westford. Each speaker will discuss their personal stories of surviving violence and overcoming tragedies and hardship.
The event will continue a community dialogue on violence prevention and also raise funds to grant to nonprofit organizations. Tickets are $50 and proceeds from the event will benefit local programs supporting violence prevention efforts.
For more information on the event, including sponsorship opportunities, please visit www.glcfoundation.org.
The Mahoney Tribute Committee is a component fund of the Greater Lowell Community Foundation.
MEDIA CONTACT: Maureen Mahoney, 972-672-7152 or Sylves Boumil, 978-475-7668