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U.S. Senator Bob Casey & House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers to be Honored at Sandy Hook Promise's 4th Annual Gala

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle to Host Sandy Hook Promise 4th Annual Gala in Washington D.C.

U.S. Senator Bob Casey and House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers to be honored for their work in gun violence prevention and mental health awareness

 

Newtown, CT – On the evening of Wednesday, June 13th, Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) will host its 4th annual Promise Champions Gala at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington D.C. MSNBC anchor and NBC News Correspondent, Stephanie Ruhle will serve as the emcee for the evening.

 

The gala will honor men and women from across the country for their work in violence and gun violence prevention, including U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) and House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) who will be recognized for their commitment to creating safer communities through their gun violence prevention and mental health awareness work. This year’s theme is centered around how each of us can CHANGE THE ENDING, as we all have the power to intervene and get help for a person who is at-risk of harming themselves or others. SHP will also share stories of potential threats that happen far too often and what SHP’s programs are doing to educate schools and communities across the country to Know the Signs and intervene for different outcomes. Top sponsors for this year’s event include the Association for Accessible Medicines, General Dynamics, and The Elva and Lawrence O'Brien Family Trust.

 

The honorary co-chairs for this year’s gala are U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, Democratic Leader, Senator Richard Blumenthal, and U.S. Senator Chris Murphy. SHP’s mission has galvanized support from both sides of the political aisle, as over 50 members of Congress have come together to serve on the honorary co-chair committee for this event.  They will be joined by esteemed business and philanthropic leaders and Promise Leaders from across the nation, who are creating change within their communities.

 

In less than four years, SHP has trained over 3.5 million youth and adults across all 50 states in at least one of its four proven Know the Signs programs.  These programs have stopped multiple planned school shootings and suicides, reduced bullying, threats and weapons being brought into schools, and helped many young people get the mental health services they need.

 

The organization was also instrumental in passing the STOP School Violence Act of 2018 at the federal level, which provides states with funding they need to bring life-saving violence prevention programs to schools, helping to train students, teachers, and adults on how to identify and report warning signs of gun violence before tragedies occur. In addition to this important legislation, SHP also nationally launched its Say Something Anonymous Reporting System, that allows students to anonymously report at-risk behaviors they see on social media and/or at their school or community via an app, online, or by calling a dedicated hotline. Since the launch in March, school districts have rolled out the app to its students across the country.

 

While SHP has made great strides in the gun violence prevention space, there is still much work to be done. This year alone there have been over 23 school shootings across the country. According to the Gun Violence Archive, over 1,300 children and teens (aged 0-18) have been killed or injured by guns this year.  

 

To learn more about the organization, the gala, or to purchase tickets, please visit www.SandyHookPromise.org/gala.

 

 

 

About Sandy Hook Promise: Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a national, nonprofit organization based in Newtown, Connecticut. We are led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012 that claimed the lives of 20 first-graders and 6 educators. SHP is focused on preventing gun violence (and other forms of violence and victimization) BEFORE it happens by educating and mobilizing youth and adults on mental health and wellness programs that identify, intervene and help at-risk individuals. SHP is a moderate, above-the-politics organization that supports sensible non-policy and policy solutions that protect children and prevent gun violence. Our intent is to honor all victims of gun violence by turning our tragedy into a moment of transformation. For more information, visit www.sandyhookpromise.org or call 203-304-9780.

 

Photos from the event will be able following the event. Please contact Stephanie Morris at Stephanie@dvmcpr.com or 646-650-5005.

 

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MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle to Host Sandy Hook Promise 4th Annual Gala in Washington D.C.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                    

 

MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle to Host Sandy Hook Promise 4th Annual Gala in Washington D.C.

U.S. Senator Bob Casey and House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers to be honored for their work in gun violence prevention and mental health awareness

 

WHAT:                  

Sandy Hook Promise will host its 4th Annual Sandy Hook Promise Champions Gala, honoring men and women from across the country for their work in violence and gun violence prevention.

MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle will serve as the emcee for the evening, and U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) and House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) will be honored. They will be joined by members of Congress, esteemed business and philanthropic leaders and Promise Leaders from across the nation, who are creating change within our communities.

 

This year’s theme is centered around how each of us can CHANGE THE ENDING, as we all have the power to intervene and get help for a person who is at-risk of harming themselves or others. SHP will also exemplify stories and potential threats that happen far too often and what SHP’s programs are doing to educate schools and communities across the country to Know the Signs and intervene for a different outcome.

 

The evening will also include a special performance from local Washington D.C. student performers. 

 

Proceeds from the Promise Champions Gala help fund delivery of Sandy Hook Promise’s research-based violence prevention programs to homes, schools and communities nationwide.

 

WHEN:                   Wednesday, June 13, 2018  

TIME:                    Reception: 6PM | Dinner & Program: 7PM - 9PM | Dessert Reception: 9PM

WHERE:                 Mellon Auditorium – 1301 Constitution Avenue, NW | Washington, DC  

 

 

 

 

EVENT EMCEE:  MSNBC News Anchor Stephanie Ruhle

 

2018 HONOREES: U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) and House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA)

 

HONORARY CO-CHAIRS: U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, Democratic Leader, Senator Richard Blumenthal, and U.S. Senator Chris Murphy

 

HONORARY CO-CHAIR COMMITTEE:



U.S. Congresswoman Karen Bass

U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty

U.S. Senator Michael F. Bennet

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin

U.S. Senator Thomas R. Carper

U.S. Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr.

U.S. Congresswoman Judy Chu

U.S. Senator Chris Coons

U.S. Congressman Joe Courtney

U.S. Representative Carlos Curbelo

U.S. Congresswoman Rosa L. DeLauro

U.S. Congressman Mark DeSaulnier

U.S. Congressman Ted Deutch

 

 

U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth

U.S. Senator Richard Durbin

U.S. Congresswoman Anna Eshoo

U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein

U.S. Congresswoman Lois Frankel

U.S. Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge

U.S. Congressman John Garamendi

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

U.S. Congressman Jim Himes

U.S. Congressman Jared Huffman

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine

U.S. Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur

U.S. Congresswoman Robin Kelly

 

 

U.S. Congressman Joe Kennedy III

U.S. Congressman Peter King

U.S. Senator Patrick J. Leahy

U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Lee

U.S. Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren

U.S. Congressman Alan Lowenthal

U.S. Senator Ed Markey

U.S. Congressman Jerry McNerney

U.S. Congresswoman Grace F. Napolitano

U.S. Senator Bill Nelson

The Honorable Nancy Pelosi, House Democratic Leader

U.S. Congressman Scott Peters

U.S. Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard

U.S. Congressman Bobby L. Rush

U.S. Congressman Tim Ryan

U.S. Congressman John Rutherford

U.S. Congresswoman Linda T. Sanchez

U.S. Senator Brian Schatz

U.S. Congressman Adam B. Schiff

U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz

U.S. Congresswoman Robert “Bobby” Scott

U.S. Congresswoman Jackie Speier

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow

U.S. Congressman Michael Thompson

U.S. Senator Pat Toomey

U.S. Congresswoman Norma J. Torres

U.S. Senator Mark Warner

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren




EVENT COMMITTEE:

 

Elizabeth Baker

David Castagnetti

Chester “Chip” Davis, Jr.

Caryn Dyson

The Honorable Vic Fazio

Jillian Fitzpatrick

Broderick Johnson

Michele Norris Johnson

Jill Canino Kaleta

Sean Kennedy

Israel “Izzy” Klein

Melissa Maxfield

Joy McGlaun

Heather McHugh

Jennifer Navarro

Larry O’Brien

Jeffrey Peck

The Honorable Gordan H. Smith

Kristin Solheim

Rich & Linda Tarplin

David Thomas

Berry Trimble

Andrew Woods

Elizabeth Woody

Andy York

Kim Zimmerman

 

 

About Sandy Hook Promise

Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a national, nonprofit organization based in Newtown, Connecticut. We are led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012 that claimed the lives of 20 first-graders and 6 educators. SHP is focused on preventing gun violence (and other forms of violence and victimization) BEFORE it happens by educating and mobilizing youth and adults on mental health and wellness programs that identify, intervene and help at-risk individuals. SHP is a moderate, above-the-politics organization that supports sensible non-policy and policy solutions that protect children and prevent gun violence. Our intent is to honor all victims of gun violence by turning our tragedy into a moment of transformation. For more information, visit www.sandyhookpromise.org or call 203-304-9780.

 

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Sandy Hook Promise to Meet with Federal Commission on School Safety for Public Listening Session

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                    

 

Sandy Hook Promise to Meet with Federal Commission on School Safety

for Public Listening Session

 

WHAT:                 

On Wednesday, June 6th, Sandy Hook Promise, along with students, teachers, school safety personnel, administrators, law enforcement officials, mental health professionals, school counselors, and security professionals from across the country, will meet with the Federal Commission on School Safety (FCSS) for the first of four public Listening Sessions.

Following the tragedy at Santa Fe High School, the Listening Session will focus on gathering information on how schools, districts, institutions of higher education, and other local and state government agencies can improve school safety. The information collected will inform the FCSS’s recommendations and best practices final report.

 

WHEN:                 

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 | 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Morning session: 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM; Afternoon Session: 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM

*Sandy Hook Promise’s Mary Welander will speak at the afternoon session

 

WHERE:               

U.S. Department of Education Headquarters – Lyndon Baines Johnson Building

400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20202

 

WHO:                   

Federal Commission on School Safety: Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos (Commission Chair), Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar II, and Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen.

Sandy Hook Promise: Mary Welander, Connecticut Promise Leader Ambassador, School Board member and mother of 3

Other Stakeholders: Students, Teachers, School Safety Personnel, Administrators, Law Enforcement Officials, Mental Health Professionals, School Counselors, and Security Professionals

 

 

About Sandy Hook Promise: Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a national, nonprofit organization based in Newtown, Connecticut. We are led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012 that claimed the lives of 20 first-graders and 6 educators. SHP is focused on preventing gun violence (and other forms of violence and victimization) BEFORE it happens by educating and mobilizing youth and adults on mental health and wellness programs that identify, intervene and help at-risk individuals. SHP is a moderate, above-the-politics organization that supports sensible non-policy and policy solutions that protect children and prevent gun violence. Our intent is to honor all victims of gun violence by turning our tragedy into a moment of transformation. For more information, visit www.sandyhookpromise.org or call 203-304-9780.

 

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Dini von Mueffling Communications

Stephanie Morris

Stephanie@dvmcpr.com

646-650-5005

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SHP Statement on Santa Fe High School Shooting

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                   

Dini von Mueffing Communications

Stephanie Morris

stephanie@dvmcpr.com

646-650-5005

 

Sandy Hook Promise Statement on Santa Fe High School Shooting

 

May 18, 2018 – Today, three months after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL that killed 17, and months of activism across our country for gun violence prevention and reform, we are yet again witnessing a community reeling from the deadly consequences of gun violence. A 17-year-old student opened fire at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas this morning, killing at least 10 people and injuring many others.  Local law enforcement is also investigating explosive devices that were found in and around the school community.

 

Our hearts are with the Santa Fe, TX community as we understand all too well what they are going through today, and will endure in the days and weeks to come.

 

This is the 22nd school shooting in the U.S. this year. It is unacceptable that we continue to see the number of school shootings increase, and the number of lives lost multiplying in this country. We know what needs to be done and how we can fix this problem…we just need more people to TAKE ACTION to protect our kids and their teachers, at school and in our cities and neighborhoods.  

 

The conversations around gun violence, and tangible solutions to combat it, have been an important first step towards understanding what must be done to create change. We are past the time needed to act.  We need action today, tomorrow, and every day after that until this problem is fixed for good and we protect our kids from senseless, preventable gun violence.


Here’s what you can do to TAKE ACTION TODAY

Train youth to spot the signs and how to properly intervene through our Know The Signs Programs:
- With these proven programs, students, educators, parents and community leaders can learn how to identity at-risk behaviors, assess threats and properly intervene before a tragedy occurs.
- 80 percent of school shooters told someone of their violent plans or exhibited warning signs, just like the shooter at Santa Fe High School.
- To date, these programs have helped avert several school shooting plots and threats, as well as teen suicides and other acts of violence.


Support Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPOs)
- An ERPO is state-level legislation that temporarily removes guns from a person deemed to be an imminent risk to themselves or others.
- This legislation doesn't infringe on the Second Amendment, and gun rights can be reinstated once the person exhibiting at-risk behaviors is no longer a threat.
- ERPOs are available in California, Connecticut, Oregon, and Washington and more than 19 other states have introduced similar legislation.


Demand action from your legislators:
- Demand sustainable gun violence prevention policies and programs be implemented.
- Make sure your school is aware of the funding available through the STOP School Violence Act to implement life-saving violence prevention programs that will help train students, teachers, and adults to prevent violence and suicide in our schools BEFORE it happens.


Make the Promise and/or get your community and schools involved with our other Know the Signs
- Join us and Make the Promise to protect children from gun violence
- Bring our Know the Signs programs to your community or school to teach students and adults how to be "upstanders" by knowing the signs and how to intervene

 

The Santa Fe High School community is in our hearts tonight. We also sent our kids to school on a beautiful Friday morning, only to learn they would never return. There are no words we can say to make that better. We can only promise to honor those killed and injured in our lives every day moving forward, and that is what we will do. Our children and our communities deserve nothing less. Please, join us taking action today so no family has to face this devastating loss again.

 

About Sandy Hook Promise: Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a national, nonprofit organization based in Newtown, Connecticut. SHP is led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012.  SHP’s mission is to prevent gun violence (and other forms of violence and victimization) BEFORE it happens by educating and mobilizing youth and adults to identify, intervene and get help for at-risk individuals. SHP is a moderate, above-the-politics organization that supports sensible program and policy solutions that address the “human-side” of gun violence by preventing individuals from ever getting to the point of picking up a firearm to hurt themselves or others. Our words, actions and impact nationwide are intended to honor all victims of gun violence by turning our tragedy into a moment of transformation.

For more information, visit www.sandyhookpromise.org or call 203-304-9780.

 

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Nicole Hockley and Mark Barden's Statement on CT's 5th District Election

The opportunity to run for a seat in the United States Congress is available to every American citizen over the age of 25. To be asked to run for that seat by people we respect and admire is an honor bestowed on few.

Over the last few weeks, we have been immersed in this unique and exciting opportunity and have given serious consideration to all the implications that come with such a responsibility, should one of us choose to run.

We know we would lean into every aspect of the awesome responsibility that comes with the job with absolute fidelity. We each would relish the honor to meet and serve our constituency on an intimate and personal level. As we did when launching Sandy Hook Promise, we each would immerse ourselves into studying and learning the issues of Connecticut’s 5th district with the depth and fluency that the privilege of this service deserves. We believe each would be an effective candidate representing the voice of our district in Congress.

Perhaps, one day, one of us will embrace this opportunity.  Unfortunately, now is not the time.

Having both lost children in the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, we feel compelled to be with our surviving children during their high school years – we know all too well how precious and short time with family can be.

Also, we are not ready to leave Sandy Hook Promise, which we launched as part of Daniel and Dylan’s enduring legacy, and has become a national leader in the school safety and gun violence prevention movement.  Through Sandy Hook Promise we know what we have built has already saved countless lives, and is still growing and impacting more communities at a remarkable rate. We started this journey together, and right now, we feel we can have more of an impact by seeing just how far we can go together.

We thank everyone who has reached out to us over the last few weeks, offering support and knowledge.  This has been a difficult decision, but we know it is the right one. 

Sincerely,

Mark Barden and Nicole Hockley

Co-Founders and Managing Directors, Sandy Hook Promise

#Promise2 Carry It Forward Call to Action Week, May 14–18th

Please join us for our Promise 2 Carry It Forward Call to Action Week, May 14–18. We are asking each SAVE Promise Club to organize one to three activities that show how your students will carry forward their leadership and commitment to preventing violence. Some ideas for your Promise 2 Carry It Forward Call to Action Week include:
  • Promise 2 Selfie Challenge: Students take selfies of themselves and club members or fellow students holding a sheet of paper saying what they "Promise 2." A Promise 2 selfie template is available here. Post the photos on social media using the hashtag #Promise2. Tag @nationalsave on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, @sandyhook on Twitter and @sandyhookpromise on Facebook and Instagram.
  • Promise 2 Start With Hello Challenge: Students say “Hello” to 17 people they do not know.
  • Promise 2 Be Kind Challenge: Students perform 17 acts of random kindness or pass out 17 kind notes.
  • Promise 2 Be of Service Challenge: Students conduct a service project with their club that benefits at least 17 people.
  • Promise 2 Say Something Challenge: Take students to visit a neighboring school, after-school program or local library hour and have them share information about Say Something or Start With Hello.
  • Promise 2 Have a Safe Summer Challenge: Create banners and have students write what they Promise 2 do for a safe summer, then send us a picture of their club holding their banner.
  • Promise 2 Accept Challenge: Students can wear a costume, pajamas or other items that are unique to them. Encourage your school community to celebrate each other’s uniqueness without judgment or fear. 
  • Promise 2 Sustain Challenge: Join Sandy Hook Promise for the 2018-19 school year. Mark your school calendars for Start With Hello Week, Sept. 24 to 28, 2018, and Say Something Week, Feb. 25 to March 1, 2019. Please fill out this interest form if you would like to learn more about Start With Hello Week and/or Say Something Week.
We ask that you also encourage your students to apply for the SAVE Promise Club National Youth Advisory Board. Sandy Hook Promise is accepting applications from SAVE Promise Club students and their adult advisors to formally join Sandy Hook Promise in informing their communities of best practices and planning key school and student events. Applications are due May 15. To learn more and apply, click here