A World of Thanks From RESPOND

RESPOND would like to thank all guests, donors and our Benefactor Sponsor, Pegasystems, and Community Service Sponsors, Federal Realty Investment Trust, Nancy Busnach and Joe D’Ovidio, Rockland Trust – Peoples Federal Foundation, and Winter Hill Bank. This generosity helps RESPOND serve over 10,000 people in the community each year.RESPONDing to Domestic Violence Gala was RESPOND’s most anticipated event of the year. Hundreds joined RESPOND to raise funds that help survivors of domestic violence and their children to achieve safe, dignified, independent lives free from emotional abuse and violence.

The evening included a cocktail reception with plentiful hors d’oeuvres and dessert, award presentation, and silent and live auctions.


Benefactor Sponsor


Community Services Sponsors

Federal Realty Investment Trust

Nancy Busnach & Joe D’Ovidio

Rockland Trust-Peoples Federal Foundation

Winter Hill Bank

Patron Sponsors

Janeen Blake & Clare Kiley

Ruth & Tim Carey

Kendra Chencus

Dizzyatom LLC

East Cambridge Savings Bank

Rachel Esch & David Bremser

Katherine & Jonathan Gates

Middlesex Federal Savings Bank

Mintz Levin

Missy & Justin Shireman

Tarlow, Breed, Hart & Rodgers PC

Don & Cheryl Warner

First Church of Somerville

Supporting Sponsors

Haley Adams

Deb & Jim Bowdring

Jessica Brayden & Randy Veno

Cambridge Savings Bank

Seven Hills Communications

W.J. McDonough Fence

Kiwanis Club of Somerville

Next Level Now, Inc.

About RESPOND Inc.

RESPOND’s Mission

RESPOND partners with individuals, families and communities to end the serious public health issue of domestic violence. RESPOND strives to achieve its mission through prevention, intervention and education services that promote safe, healthy relationships.

RESPOND’s History

A pioneer in the movement to end domestic violence, RESPOND is New England’s first domestic violence agency and the second oldest in the nation. Its work began in the early 1970s, when four women from Somerville, Massachusetts  started a grassroots effort to support victims of domestic violence by opening their own homes as safe havens for women fleeing abuse. In 1974, these “founding mothers” formed RESPOND, an organization that has provided life-saving shelter, support services, training  and education programs to more than 150,000 members of the community for over 40 years.

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