On October 21, 2015 a diverse group of people gathered at the Tewksbury Country Club to remember Hugh, John, and Ruth Mahoney. The family passed away as part of a crime on New Year’s Eve – but this night was not to remember the crime.
This night was an outpouring of warmth, love, and community. The event was organized by Maureen Mahoney to celebrate the life that her brother and parents lived. It was one of the first times that the community was able to get together to share memories, stories, laughter, and tears.
All proceeds from the event were awarded to the following non-profit organizations: United Teens Equality Center, The Center for Hope and Healing, and the Michael B. Christensen Center. A portion of the proceeds were also awarded to the Tewksbury Police Department’s Domestic Violence program.
Mahoney and committee are planning an event in 2016 which will be in the format of an educational panel. Several international experts on violence prevention, especially domestic violence prevention and advocacy will be invited to speak. More details will be provided early next year.
In the meantime here are some ways you can get involved and/or support domestic violence prevention and advocacy:
- Get in touch with the non-profit organizations against domestic violence, find out how you can donate services or support.
- Post on social media – go to #PutTheNailInIt or #VowToEndIt. Use Facebook to help break the Silence.
- Talk to clergy, teachers, and other community leaders and ask them to address the issue in their area.
- Write to your local and state politicians for tougher laws for offenders – Domestic Violence is only a misdemeanor.
- Educate people about domestic violence – its dangers and resources for help.