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Jo Fonda Newell's Fundraiser:

2015 NHCADSV Purple Purse Challenge

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Jo Fonda Newell

THE STORY:

The photos I posted were taken just a few days apart. The difference is that week, I finally found the courage to leave. Look closely at the first photo; the seemingly loose grip he held on my arm is a metaphore for our lives together, as is the smile pasted on my face to keep the peace and appear to be happy.

I am a very lucky woman. 

In 2001, I was a 39 year old mother to an 8 year old daughter, with an MBA degree from a top Ivy League Business School, and a high-paying finance management job at a Fortune 100 company. Yet, I had absolutely no idea how I could possibly leave my emotionally and mentally abusive husband, who on the surface, seemed like a very nice, well-educated, professional guy.

With every step that I took forward to leave, I was pushed back by his intimidation and the control he had systematically gained over me throughout our 20 year marriage. One morning, following a series of disturbing events, I was in a panic that my daughter and I were in imminent danger. 

Luckily, I had a good job which included a company cell phone and credit card, I had access to a car, and I had enough money to be able to open a secret PO Box and checking account.  I needed all of those things: to get my daughter and escape and hide from my husband, to pay for a hotel and food, to pay the retainer to the lawyer to help me stand before a judge to obtain a temporary restraining order against my husband.  However, not all victims of domestic violence have access to the resources that I did.  To get help, the majority of victims contact their local domestic and sexual violence program.  Allstate Foundation's Purple Purse Challenge is designed to help educate and enable victims to achieve financial independence and strength.

I wish I could say that was the end of the story and that we were able to go our separate ways.  Instead, my husband hunted me down for two days, and in a rage, unable to find me and having been served the restraining order, he flew our private airplane into our newly built home in Amherst, burning it to the ground and killing himself in the process.

Like I said, I was lucky.  On average, every single day, at least three women are killed by their husband or boyfriend in the United States alone. We are taught to fear strangers, but over 30% of all homicides of women are at the hands of an intimate partner, compared to under 9% committed by a stranger.  In New Hampshire, 50% of all homicides are domestic violence-related.

I urge you to generously donate to the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.  NH’s domestic violence programs are crucial in helping victims live a life free from abuse.  They offer a safe refuge for victims and their children, empowering them to discover their options, as advocates work with victims to navigate legal, medical, and social systems.  NH’s domestic violence programs and the Allstate Foundation's Purple Purse Challenge work to empower survivors to rebuild their lives. 

Your support could quite literally mean the difference between life and death for victims of abuse.

NEW HAMPSHIRE COALITION AGAINST DOMESTIC & SEXUAL VIOLENCE wrote -

The New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence creates safe and just communities through advocacy, prevention and empowerment of anyone affected by sexual violence, domestic violence and stalking.

This mission is accomplished by the Coalition, which includes 14 independent community-based member programs, a Board of Directors and a central staff working together to:

  • Influence public policy on the local, state and national levels;
  • Ensure that quality services are provided to victims;
  • Promote the accountability of societal systems and communities for their      responses to sexual violence, domestic violence and stalking;
  • Prevent violence and abuse before they occur.

$3,160

MONEY RAISED
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  • CoreMedical Group/CoreInformation Technologies

     

  • The Furniture Hotel

     

  • Erin Nanstad

    $100

  • SPS Enterprise Group

    $100

  • Jo Fonda

     

  • The Imbriano Family

    $200

  • Jami

     

  • Barbara Bonatto

    $50

  • Dorothy Cheatham

    $120

  • Anna Morrissette

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Carol Fischer

    $25

  • Fred and Mel Lawrence

    $100

  • The Mulligan Family

    $100

  • Michael Forcillo

    $20

  • Dawn and Rob Benoit

    $50

  • Kristi Margaritis Bradshaw

    $25

  • Cyrille Arnould

    $50

  • Jo Fonda Newell

     

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  • marilyn

    $10

  • Diane DeSimone

     

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  • Linda & Jed Luby

    $25

  • Stan & Carol Brown

    $100

  • Jo Fonda Newell

     

  • Tiffany Cordisco

    $15

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The Team: $40,573 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

NEW HAMPSHIRE COALITION AGAINST DOM...

Amount Raised

$7,128

 

18% Raised of $40,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

2015 Hall of Fame Luncheon

Amount Raised

$4,790

Fundraiser Title

Lyn Schollett

Amount Raised

$4,045

 

101% Raised of $4,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Jo Fonda Newell

Amount Raised

$3,160

Fundraiser Title

Grace Mattern

Amount Raised

$2,945

 

59% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Becky Kendall Ranes

Amount Raised

$2,674

 

134% Raised of $2,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Sara Persechino

Amount Raised

$2,260

 

113% Raised of $2,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Fran Marshall

Amount Raised

$2,000

Donor Comments

Tiffany Cordisco

Tiffany Cordisco

DONATION: $15

2 years ago

Jo Fonda Newell

Jo Fonda Newell

2 years ago

Stan & Carol Brown

Stan & Carol Brown

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Linda & Jed Luby

Linda & Jed Luby

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

Diane DeSimone

Diane DeSimone

2 years ago

Diane DeSimone

Diane DeSimone

2 years ago

Diane DeSimone

Diane DeSimone

2 years ago

Diane DeSimone

Diane DeSimone

2 years ago

Diane DeSimone

Diane DeSimone

2 years ago

Diane DeSimone

Diane DeSimone

2 years ago