FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 7, 2016
CONTACT:

John Kelley

jkelley@newtownaction.org

917-679-6475

The Newtown Foundation To Hold Second Annual Breakfast Fundraiser

September 24th Event to Fund 4th Annual National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence

Mark Carman to Deliver Keynote Speech

Speakers include Hannah D’Avino, Senator Richard Blumenthal and Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

Newtown, CT- The Newtown Foundation is inviting community members from Newtown and beyond to its Breakfast Fundraiser on Saturday, September 24, 2016, from 9:00 -11:00 AM at the Waterview in Monroe, Connecticut. The event will raise funds for the 4th Annual National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence.

In commemoration of the 4th anniversary of the Sandy Hook shootings, the Newtown Foundation, the charitable arm of the Newtown Action Alliance, will once again bring families of victims and survivors of gun violence from Newtown and from around the nation — from urban, rural and suburban communities — to a National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence. The vigil will be a service of mourning and loving remembrance at St Mark’s Episcopal Church on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on Wednesday, December 14th at 7:00 PM.

“By December 14, 2016, an estimated 120,000 more Americans will have died from gun violence since the tragic Newtown shooting four years ago. It’s a heartbreaking toll that affects ALL of our communities,” said Po Murray, Chairwoman of the Newtown Foundation and Newtown Action Alliance. “When the news vehicles depart, the victims are often forgotten in the ensuing discussions of gun violence. We are working tirelessly to ensure that these victims and their families are not forgotten.”

The keynote speaker Mark Carman, founder of the American Coalition of Responsible Gun Ownership, is a gun owner, a former police officer, an under- cover operative, a naval intelligence operative, a recipient of the President’s Volunteers in Service to America Lifetime Achievement Award, and an Ambassador of Good Will (State of Tennessee). He is also a Grammy-nominated music producer with song-writing awards and number one recordings to his credit.

Other honored guests include:
Senator Richard Blumenthal (CT)
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (D-CT 5th District)
Hannah D’Avino, sister of Rachel D’Avino, teacher who was killed on December 14, 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School
Pat Llodra, First Selectwoman of Newtown
Ron Pinciaro, Executive Director of Connecticut Against Gun Violence
Jason Hayes, Founder and Organizer of #DisarmHate2016 Rally
Rev. Henry Brown, Survivor of Gun Violence, Founder of Mothers United Against Violence
Rev. Matt Crebbin, Newtown Congregational Church, First Responder, Organizer of the Interfaith Vigil during President Obama’s Visit to Newtown
Pastor Kathi-Adams Shepard, Trinity Episcopal Church, First Responder
Paul Siegel, Artist and Illustrator, Ridgefield

Those interested in supporting the families of the victims of gun violence and the National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence can go to the Newtown Foundation link at http://donate.newtownaction.org/product/2016breakfastfundraiser/ to RSVP by September 16th to attend the fundraiser. Tickets are $60 per person; there is also an opportunity to sponsor a table of ten for $600. Supporters are encouraged to make a contribution if they are not able to attend the fundraiser.

Murray stated: “We are an all-volunteer group, so the funds we raise will directly provide social support at the National Vigil for hundreds of families and survivors impacted by gun violence from all areas of the nation. The holiday season and the anniversary of the Sandy Hook tragedy are emotionally challenging times for these families. The majority of families who join us at the National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence have been working tirelessly to shed a light on the epidemic of gun violence in our nation since the loss of their loved ones to gun violence. We are hoping community members from near and far will step up to provide support, either in person at the fundraiser or with a contribution.”

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ABOUT NEWTOWN FOUNDATION

The Newtown Foundation (http://newtownaction.org/newtown-foundation/) is a Newtown-based, all volunteer organization formed after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings. Our mission is “To provide comfort, education, scholarship and other support and resources to people and communities impacted by, and living or growing up among or in the aftermath, of violence in American society; and to help them lead the way toward positive cultural change over the long term.”

The Newtown Foundation, Inc. is a 501c3 not for profit organization. Donations to the Newtown Foundation are tax deductible.

For Immediate Release

Contact: John Kelley
jkelley@newtownaction.org
917-679-6475

December 9, 2015

3rd ANNIVERSARY OF NEWTOWN SHOOTINGS INSPIRES NATIONAL VIGILS WITH OVER 350 EVENTS NATIONWIDE

Newtown, CT- The Newtown Foundation and Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence announced today that over 350 faith and gun violence prevention organizations in 39 states, as well as Mexico and China, will hold events commemorating the third anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy and honoring all victims and survivors of gun violence.

The 3rd Annual National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence, sponsored by the Newtown Foundation in partnership with Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence, will be held on Thursday, December 9th, at 7 p.m. at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. The National Vigil will lead nationwide vigils and events to #EndGunViolence taking place between December 10th and 14th.

Participants in the vigil at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church include Valerie Jarrett, Special Advisor to President Obama, Senator Richard Blumenthal, Senator Chris Murphy, Representative Elizabeth Esty, gun violence prevention advocates, and
travelers from 18 states who are survivors and families impacted by gun violence.

The vigils will honor not only the victims and families of the Sandy Hook shooting, which took place on December 14, 2012, but all who have fallen victim to the ongoing epidemic of gun violence in America. Since the Sandy Hook tragedy, over 90,000 Americans have been shot and killed by guns; over 210,000 have been shot and injured; and there have been over 1,000 mass shooting incidents where four or more people have been shot at one time.

“The Sandy Hook tragedy ignited a national conversation on gun violence prevention and we have been working for the last three years to shine a light on the epidemic of gun violence in our nation,” said Po Murray, Chairman, Newtown Action Alliance and the Newtown Foundation. “We are bringing the 3rd Annual National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence to Capitol Hill this year hoping that the testimonies from the families and survivors of gun violence will change the hearts and minds of Congressional leaders who need to do more to keep all Americans safe.”

Murray continued, “It is heartwarming to see so many Americans joining our efforts to honor the lives lost to gun violence. We hope that these vigils and events inspire a nationwide call to action to end this ongoing tragedy. By commemorating all victims, as well as their families and friends, we can focus attention not only on the horrific consequences of gun violence, but also on what we can do to prevent them.”

“Faiths United To Prevent Gun Violence, a coalition of over 50 national faith denominations and organizations, strongly supports the Vigils happening around the country with the Newtown Foundation,” said Vincent DeMarco, National Coordinator of Faiths United. “Through these hundreds of events nationwide, we will spread the word that there are effective tools to prevent gun violence and save lives, such as handgun purchaser licensing.” (see www.taleoftwostates.com)

The Reverend Rebecca Justice Schunior said: “St. Mark’s is proud to host the 3rd Annual Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence. The continued reality of preventable deaths due to our collective inability to change laws is an outrage. We are in awe of those individuals who courageously share their painful stories of pain and loss so that we might change. It is a privilege to welcome them into our church.”
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The Newtown Foundation is a Newtown-based, all volunteer organization formed after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings. Our mission is “To provide comfort, education, scholarship and other support and resources to people and communities impacted by, and living or growing up among or in the aftermath, of violence in American society; and to help them lead the way toward positive cultural change over the long term.” Learn more about the Newtown Foundation at http://newtownaction.org/newtown-foundation/.

Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence is a diverse coalition of more than 50 denominations and faith-based organizations united by the call of our faiths to confront America’s gun violence epidemic and to rally support for policies that reduce death and injury from gunfire. Learn more about Faiths United at http://faithsunited.org.

St Mark’s Episcopal Church is an open community, welcoming people wherever they are on their faith journey. We celebrate the gifts of God that empower us to engage boldly in the struggles of life and care for others with love, justice and compassion. Learn more about St. Mark’s Episcopal Church at http://www.stmarks.net.

For Immediate Release
November 11, 2015

MEDIA ADVISORY

NATIONWIDE VIGIL TO BE HELD DECEMBER 9 COMMEMORATING VICTIMS OF GUN VIOLENCE ON THIRD ANNIVERSARY OF SANDY HOOK SHOOTINGS

WHO: The Newtown Foundation, Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence and St Mark’s Episcopal Church on Capitol Hill

WHAT: Will be holding the 3rd Annual National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence in commemoration of the third anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, as well as the 90,000 American victims of gun violence since December 2012. As of today, over 75 family members of victims of gun violence and survivors from cities and towns in 16 states are expected to attend the National Vigil in Washington D.C. A busload of community members from Newtown, including Trinity Episcopal Church Children’s Choir, will also be attending.

The National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence will lead Vigils to #EndGunViolence across the country, as well as internationally. Currently over 160 local events and vigils are being planned in 36 states, Washington D.C., Mexico and China.

WHERE:
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

Capitol Hill

301 A St SE, Washington, DC 20003

WHEN: December 9, 2015 at 7:00 PM

CONTACTS:
The Newtown Foundation: John Kelley; jkelley@newtownaction.org; 917-679-6475

Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence: Vincent DeMarco; demarco@mdinitiative.org; 410-591-9162

St Marks Episcopal Church: Justi Schunior; Justi.Schunior@stmarks.net; 202-543-0053 ext. 302

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The Newtown Foundation is a Newtown-based, all volunteer organization formed after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings. Our mission is “To provide comfort, education, scholarship and other support and resources to people and communities impacted by, and living or growing up among or in the aftermath, of violence in American society; and to help them lead the way toward positive cultural change over the long term.” Learn more about the Newtown Foundation at http://newtownaction.org/newtown-foundation/.
Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence is a diverse coalition of more than 50 denominations and faith-based organizations united by the call of our faiths to confront America’s gun violence epidemic and to rally support for policies that reduce death and injury from gunfire. Learn more about Faiths United at http://faithsunited.org.

St Mark’s Episcopal Church is an open community, welcoming people wherever they are on their faith journey. We celebrate the gifts of God that empower us to engage boldly in the struggles of life and care for others with love, justice and compassion. Learn more about St. Mark’s Episcopal Church at http://www.stmarks.net.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 12, 2015

CONTACT: 

jkelley@newtownaction.org; 917-679-6475

The Newtown Foundation To Hold Breakfast Fundraiser for the 3rd Annual National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence

Daniel W. Webster to Deliver Keynote at September 12 Event

Speakers include Newtown First Selectwoman Patricia Llodra, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty, Senator Richard Blumenthal and Senator Chris Murphy

Newtown, CT- The Newtown Foundation is inviting community members from Newtown and beyond to its Breakfast Fundraiser to raise funds for the 3rd Annual National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence on Saturday, September 12, 2015, from 9:00 -11:00 AM at the Rock Ridge Country Club in Newtown, Connecticut.

In commemoration of the 3rd anniversary of the Sandy Hook shootings, the Newtown Foundation, the charitable arm of the Newtown Action Alliance, will once again bring families of victims and survivors of gun violence from Newtown and from around the nation — from urban, rural and suburban communities — to a National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence. The vigil will be a service of mourning and loving remembrance at the St Marks Episcopal Church on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on Wednesday, December 9th at 7:00 PM.

“By December 14, 2015, the 3nd anniversary of the tragic Newtown shooting, an estimated 90,000 more Americans will have died from gun violence. It’s a heartbreaking toll that affects ALL of our communities,” said Po Murray, Chairwoman of the Newtown Foundation and Newtown Action Alliance. “When the news vehicles depart, the victims are often forgotten in the ensuing discussions of gun violence. We are working tirelessly to ensure that these victims and their families are not forgotten.”

Daniel W. Webster will be the keynote speaker at the breakfast fundraiser. Dr. Webster is a Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where he serves as Director of the Center for Gun Policy and Research, Deputy Director of Research for the Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence, and Director of the PhD program in Health and Public Policy. He has published numerous articles on the prevention of gun violence, firearm policy, youth gun acquisition and carrying, intimate partner violence, and the prevention of youth violence.

Dr. Webster is currently leading studies evaluating the effects of various efforts to reduce violence, including state gun and alcohol policies, policing strategies focused on deterring gun violence, a community gun violence prevention initiative, and Maryland’s Lethality Assessment Program for reducing the recurrence of intimate partner violence. Dr. Webster teaches courses in violence prevention and research methods for health policy at Johns Hopkins, and serves on the executive committee of Johns Hopkins’ Interdepartmental Violence Research Pre- and Post-Doctoral Training Program.

Dr. Webster will present his study on the association between Connecticut’s permit-to-purchase handgun law and homicides. (http://www.taleoftwostates.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Connecticut-Study-Rudolph_AJPH201411682_Final.pdf)

Tom Sullivan, whose son was killed in the Aurora movie theater in Colorado, will share his heartbreaking story and his efforts to reduce end gun violence.

Other honored speakers include Newtown First Selectwoman Patricia Llodra, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty, Senator Richard Blumenthal and Senator Chris Murphy.

Those interested in supporting the families of the victims of gun violence and the National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence can go to the Newtown Foundation website http://newtownaction.org/newtown-foundation/ to RSVP by September 5th to attend the fundraiser. Tickets are $50 per person; there is also an opportunity to sponsor a table of eight for $300.

Murray stated: “We need help to continue to shed a light on the epidemic of gun violence in our nation. We are hoping more Americans will join us in our efforts to #HonorWithAction to #EndGunViolence.”

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ABOUT NEWTOWN FOUNDATION

The Newtown Foundation (http://newtownaction.org/newtown-foundation/) is a Newtown-based, all volunteer organization formed after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings. Our mission is “To provide comfort, education, scholarship and other support and resources to people and communities impacted by, and living or growing up among or in the aftermath, of violence in American society; and to help them lead the way toward positive cultural change over the long term.”

The Newtown Foundation, Inc. is a 501c3 not for profit organization. Donations to The Newtown Foundation are tax deductible.

For Immediate Release

For more information contact:
John Kelley
Johnkelley416@gmail.com
917-679-6475

2nd ANNIVERSARY OF NEWTOWN SHOOTINGS INSPIRES NATIONAL CATHEDRAL VIGIL AND NEARLY 200 EVENTS NATIONWIDE

(Newtown, CT, 12/9/14) 194 organizations in 37 states, as well as Mexico, will be holding commemorative events honoring the second anniversary of the Second Hook Elementary School tragedy, it was announced today by the Newtown Action Alliance. The events will take place between December 11th and 14th, coinciding with a vigil service of mourning and remembrance at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. on Thursday, December 11th, coordinated by the Newtown Foundation in partnership with Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence, States United to Prevent Gun Violence, the Washington National Cathedral and allies from across the U.S.

Participants in the vigil at the Washington National Cathedral include travelers from 18 states who are victims and families impacted by gun violence.

The vigils will honor not only the victims and families of the Sandy Hook shooting, which took place on December 14, 2012, but all those who have fallen victim to the ongoing epidemic of gun violence in America.

“We’re thrilled to see so many people joining our efforts in support of the countless Americans affected by senseless gun violence,” said Po Murray, Chairman, Newtown Action Alliance and the Newtown Foundation. “We hope that by commemorating victims, as well as their families and friends, we can focus attention not only on the horrific consequences of gun violence, but also on what we can do to prevent them.”

Ms. Murray continued: “By December 14th, two years after the Sandy Hook School shootings, more than 60,000 Americans will have died from gunshot wounds. And there have been 95 school shootings during the same period. We hope that these vigils inspire a nationwide call to action to end this ongoing tragedy.”

Gun violence is indisputably on the rise in the U.S. According to a study by the Violence Policy Center, gun deaths exceeded motor vehicle deaths in 14 states and the District of Columbia in 2011, the latest year for which the relevant data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention is available. That’s up from 12 states in 2010 and 9 states in 2009.

Additionally, the U.S. firearm homicide rate is 20 times higher than the combined rates of 22 countries that are our peers in wealth and population, according to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

The Newtown Action Alliance (http://newtownaction.org) is a grassroots organization formed after the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The Newtown Action Alliance works to bring about legislative and cultural change that will reduce gun violence, a public health crisis in our country.

The Newtown Foundation (http://newtownaction.org/newtown-foundation) is a Newtown-based, all volunteer, 501(c)3 organization that has been working tirelessly since the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy to help our community heal and be remembered as the place where positive cultural changes began.

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Contact:
John Kelley
Johnkelley416@gmail.com
917-679-6475

November 20, 2014

MEDIA ADVISORY

NEWTOWN FOUNDATION HOLDS 2ND ANNIVERSARY VIGIL AT NATIONAL CATHEDRAL DECEMBER 11th JOINED BY GROUPS TO COMMEMORATE VICTIMS OF GUN VIOLENCE

WHAT: In commemoration of the second anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, as well as the 60,000 American victims of gun violence since December 2012, the Newtown Foundation will join Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence, States United to Prevent Gun Violence, the Washington National Cathedral and allies from across the U.S. in a vigil service of mourning and remembrance for all those who have fallen victim to the ongoing epidemic of gun violence in America.

WHO: Gun violence victims and their families from across the country will attend the vigil in Washington, D.C., along with U.S. Congressional representatives and members of the Newtown Action Alliance, Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence and States United to Prevent Gun Violence.

WHERE: The vigil service will take place at the Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, D.C.; vigils will also be held December 11-14 in 160 cities and towns nationwide.

WHEN: Thursday, December 11. 2014, 3-4:30 pm

The Newtown Foundation (http://newtownaction.org/newtown-foundation) is a Newtown-based, all volunteer, 501(c)3 organization that has been working tirelessly since the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy to help our community heal and be remembered as the place where positive cultural changes began.

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