Posted by Liam O'Kennedy October 3, 2012 10:00 AM
The Melrose Alliance Against Violence will present Diane Patrick (left), First Lady of Massachusetts, with its Second Annual Advocacy in Action Award at MAAV’s 17th Annual Walk Against Violence and Candlelight Vigil Oct. 28.The event begins at 4 p.m. at the Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School. A candlelight vigil to honor victims of domestic violence homicide will be held, and the night concludes with a 2-mile walk around Ell Pond. Community members are welcome to participate in the walk by forming fund-raising teams, serving as sponsors, or making individual contributions. Donations are used to fund outreach and support services for victims of domestic violence and prevention and intervention initiatives.Patrick endured an abusive first marriage for seven years, and later married Governor Deval Patrick. In her time as First Lady of Massachusetts, she has been an outspoken advocate for the state's efforts to end domestic violence. "I am honored to receive this award from the Melrose Alliance Against Violence, and thank them for their mission and the tireless work they do on behalf of the victims of domestic violence,” said Mrs. Patrick.“I will continue to use my role as First Lady of Massachusetts to facilitate the ongoing discussion on how we will end the serious problem of domestic violence in our country, Commonwealth, communities, and homes.” Patrick will be presented with the Advocacy in Action Award by Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone, who will serve as honorary chairperson of the event.
MAAV’s programs seek to curb bullying, teen dating abuse, domestic violence, and sexual assault.To participate in the walk, call Rebecca Mooney at 781-662-2010.