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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.
Dini von Mueffling Communications