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Jo Fonda Newell's Fundraiser:

2016 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 -

 

NEW HAMPSHIRE COALITION AGAINST DOMESTIC & SEXUAL VIOLENCE wrote -

Established in 1977, 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.

The Coalition provides technical and financial support to 13 independent crisis centers across New Hampshire and serves as a leading voice for victims by working with state government and national elected officials to create and defend effective laws and policies that serve survivors, protect children, hold perpetrators accountable, and support prevention efforts. 

Housed under the Coalition is the AmeriCorps Victim Assistance Program (AVAP.)  AVAP is made up of AmeriCorps members who serve as advocates at crisis centers, prosecutors’ offices and police departments and operate with a specific lens of providing economic empowerment services to survivors. Funds raised through the Purple Purse will support enhancing the efforts of the AVAP members to provide one to one support to survivors, and offer comprehensive workshops in their communities. Purple Purse funds will help us bring in a national trainer later this year to enhance the skill set and tools that AVAP members utilize when working with survivors.  Additionally, financial support will allow for the Coalition and AVAP to explore innovative strategies and economic empowerment opportunities for survivors throughout New Hampshire.

Your donation today - of any amount - will ensure services are accessible and available to survivors in New Hampshire.

PS: We are so excited one of our crisis centers, HAVEN, is participating in the 2016 Purple Purse Challenge, too!

 

$3,120

MONEY RAISED
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  • Adam and Amanda Sexton

     

  • The Furniture Hotel

    $100

  • Rick & Tina Wenzel

    $50

  • CoreMedical Group

    $2,500

  • Rob and Jess Brown

    $100

  • Greg & Ashley Henrichon

    $100

  • Amanda & Adam

    $20

  • Jo Fonda Newell

     

  • Tiffany Cordisco

    $25

  • Gretchen and Ken Gray

    $100

  • Kim and Mark Cusson

     

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The Team: $21,628 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

NEW HAMPSHIRE COALITION AGAINST DOM...

Amount Raised

$4,703

 

12% Raised of $40,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Amanda Grady Sexton Jessica Eskela...

Amount Raised

$4,555

 

304% Raised of $1,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Jo Fonda Newell

Amount Raised

$3,120

Fundraiser Title

Lyn Schollett

Amount Raised

$2,975

 

149% Raised of $2,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Sara Persechino

Amount Raised

$2,095

 

105% Raised of $2,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Bravo Boutique

Amount Raised

$805

Fundraiser Title

Shannon Chandley

Amount Raised

$750

 

75% Raised of $1,000 Goal

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Amy Vorenberg

Amount Raised

$575

Donor Comments

Kim and Mark Cusson

Kim and Mark Cusson

2 years ago

Gretchen and Ken Gray

Gretchen and Ken Gray

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Tiffany Cordisco

Tiffany Cordisco

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

Jo Fonda Newell

Jo Fonda Newell

2 years ago

Amanda & Adam

Amanda & Adam

DONATION: $20

You're awesome Jo! Xo 2 years ago

Greg & Ashley Henrichon

Greg & Ashley Henrichon

DONATION: $100

You rock Jo Jo! 2 years ago

Rob and Jess Brown

Rob and Jess Brown

DONATION: $100

I am so inspired by you in so many ways! Love you- 2 years ago

CoreMedical Group

CoreMedical Group

DONATION: $2,500

2 years ago

Rick & Tina Wenzel

Rick & Tina Wenzel

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

The Furniture Hotel

The Furniture Hotel

DONATION: $100

2 years ago