June 10, 2009
New York, NY, June 10, 2009 – Safe Horizon, the nation’s leading victim assistance organization, welcomed over 400 supporters to its 14th Annual Champion Awards at Gotham Hall last night. The theme of the event was Journeys of Hope, a celebration to honor those who have helped move victims of violence from crisis to confidence.
With the help of William S. Ohlemeyer, partner at Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP, as the Dinner Chair, Safe Horizon’s generous underwriter Phillips-Van Heusen and all of the organization’s benefactors and longstanding partners, the event was a great success. The evening was a celebration of those outstanding companies and individuals whose vision, hard work and generous contributions have helped Safe Horizon make great strides against violence and victimization.
Mike Slocum, Executive Vice President of Commercial Banking at Capital One, accepted the Champion Award on behalf of Capital One Bank for their longstanding support of Safe Horizon’s work, particularly Child Advocacy Centers and child abuse awareness initiatives. Capital One Bank is national sponsor of Safe Horizon’s Hope Shining campaign, dedicated to shedding light on the hidden issues surrounding child abuse.
Safe Horizon Board Member and bestselling novelist Linda Fairstein presented the 2009 Champion Award to Brooke McMurray, who served as Safe Horizon’s Board Chair from 2003 to 2008. Ms. McMurray’s award was in recognition of her outstanding leadership and outspoken advocacy for victims of domestic violence. A domestic violence survivor, Brooke has publicly shared her story of abuse and recovery over the years as Safe Horizon’s national spokesperson.
A highlight of the evening was a moving testimonial by Aurelia Rivera, a Safe Horizon client and domestic violence survivor. Ms. Rivera’s story of triumph over abuse underscored both the need for and the transformative power of supportive services for crime victims.
An art gallery was set up displaying emotionally-driven artwork—from t-shirts to quilts—created by former victims that have received support from Safe Horizon. The pieces were both tangible representations of their personal journeys of hope as well as tokens of their appreciation.
About Safe Horizon
Safe Horizon touches the lives of more than 350,000 victims of crime and abuse each year. Whether we are responding to child abuse, domestic violence, or other violent crimes, Safe Horizon helps victims and their families heal and rebuild their lives.