BOSTON, Oct. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A host of leaders who are working to prevent domestic violence in Massachusetts and to encourage men to join the movement will participate in an event on Friday (Oct. 28) where more than $200,000 in grants will be awarded to 19 nonprofit organizations.
Don McPherson, ESPN college football analyst and a national leader in the men's engagement movement
Angelo McClain, Massachusetts commissioner of child and family services
Marion Mason and Caitlin Geddes of Northeastern University's Center for Sport in Society
Christine Berberich, Verizon Wireless president - New England
Donna Cupelo, Verizon region president – New England
A number of men who took the White Ribbon Day pledge to prevent domestic violence
Verizon will announce 19 winners of its domestic violence prevention grants. McPherson will deliver keynote address: "Engaging Men as Allies in the Prevention of Domestic Violence." Leaders of domestic violence prevention organizations Jane Doe Inc. and Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center will also be on hand.
10:30 a.m., Friday, Oct. 28
John D. O'Bryant African American Institute, Northeastern University, Leon Street, Boston
The Verizon Foundation has a long history of supporting nonprofit agencies that provide domestic violence prevention and services programs. In addition, the HopeLine by Verizon program collects wireless devices and accessories at the company's stores or by mail to help victims of domestic violence. The program provides wireless phones and airtime to victims of domestic violence and cash grants to local shelters and nonprofit organizations that focus on domestic violence prevention, awareness and advocacy.
After the awards program and keynote address, attendees will be invited to stay for a luncheon. After the luncheon, staff from various domestic violence prevention agencies will receive training on how to engage more men in their efforts. Interviews with all participants can be arranged.