Jane Doe No More Honors Petit Family Foundation

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 08:50

   The Petit Family Foundation and Sikorsky Finance Women’s Forum will be honored during Jane Doe No More’s 3rd annual Dr. Henry C. Lee Awards and Recognition Dinner. The event takes place Friday, March 16 at The Waterview, Monroe, CT. Program sponsorships and reserved tables are now available.

   The Henry C. Lee Award is given to individuals or organizations that exemplify Dr. Lee’s passion and commitment to finding truth and to improving the way society responds to victims of sexual assault. Past Award winners include Dr. Henry Lee and Mayor of Waterbury Neil O’Leary. The Sikorsky Finance Women’s Forum and The Petit Family Foundation share the 2012 Award.

   “This year’s Dr. Henry C. Lee Award winners have inspired all of us through their actions and efforts to create awareness and improve the lives of victims of sexual assault,” notes Donna Palomba, founder of Jane Doe No More. “We are proud to recognize both of these groups for their meaningful work.”

   The Sikorsky Finance Women’s Forum (SFWF) works to recruit, promote and retain women in finance by creating an environment of mutual support and providing opportunities for growth and career development. SFWF supports Jane Doe No More by raising funds and awareness through a variety of events. The Petit Family Foundation honors the memories of Jennifer Hawke-Petit, Hayley Elizabeth Petit and Michaela Rose Petit by continuing the kindness, idealism and activism that defined their lives. The Foundation's funds are used to foster education for young people, especially women in the sciences; to improve the lives of those affected by chronic illnesses; and to support efforts to protect and help those affected by violence.

   The event begins at 5:30 pm with a cocktail reception and silent auction; dinner follows at 7, with awards set for 8:30 p.m. WFSB Eyewitness News Anchor Denise D'Ascenzo is this year’s emcee. Donna Palomba will present a scholarship to a college student who is working to improve the lives of victims of sexual assault. Tickets are $125, and include dinner and open bar. Please call 203-729-0245or email info@janedoenomore.org for an invitation, or for information about reserved tables and event sponsorship.

   Jane Doe No More, Inc. was founded in 2007 to improve the way society responds to victims of sexual assault. Through education, awareness and support programs, Jane Doe No More has had a direct and lasting impact on sexual assault victims in Connecticut and across the country. To learn more, visit www.JaneDoeNoMore.org