The Newtown Foundation To Hold Second Annual Breakfast Fundraiser

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September 7, 2016

John Kelley


The Newtown Foundation To Hold Second Annual Breakfast Fundraiser

September 24th Event to Fund 4th Annual National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence

Mark Carman to Deliver Keynote Speech

Speakers include Hannah D’Avino, Senator Richard Blumenthal and Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

Newtown, CT- The Newtown Foundation is inviting community members from Newtown and beyond to its Breakfast Fundraiser on Saturday, September 24, 2016, from 9:00 -11:00 AM at the Waterview in Monroe, Connecticut. The event will raise funds for the 4th Annual National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence.

In commemoration of the 4th anniversary of the Sandy Hook shootings, the Newtown Foundation, the charitable arm of the Newtown Action Alliance, will once again bring families of victims and survivors of gun violence from Newtown and from around the nation — from urban, rural and suburban communities — to a National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence. The vigil will be a service of mourning and loving remembrance at St Mark’s Episcopal Church on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on Wednesday, December 14th at 7:00 PM.

“By December 14, 2016, an estimated 120,000 more Americans will have died from gun violence since the tragic Newtown shooting four years ago. It’s a heartbreaking toll that affects ALL of our communities,” said Po Murray, Chairwoman of the Newtown Foundation and Newtown Action Alliance. “When the news vehicles depart, the victims are often forgotten in the ensuing discussions of gun violence. We are working tirelessly to ensure that these victims and their families are not forgotten.”

The keynote speaker Mark Carman, founder of the American Coalition of Responsible Gun Ownership, is a gun owner, a former police officer, an under- cover operative, a naval intelligence operative, a recipient of the President’s Volunteers in Service to America Lifetime Achievement Award, and an Ambassador of Good Will (State of Tennessee). He is also a Grammy-nominated music producer with song-writing awards and number one recordings to his credit.

Other honored guests include:
Senator Richard Blumenthal (CT)
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (D-CT 5th District)
Hannah D’Avino, sister of Rachel D’Avino, teacher who was killed on December 14, 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School
Pat Llodra, First Selectwoman of Newtown
Ron Pinciaro, Executive Director of Connecticut Against Gun Violence
Jason Hayes, Founder and Organizer of #DisarmHate2016 Rally
Rev. Henry Brown, Survivor of Gun Violence, Founder of Mothers United Against Violence
Rev. Matt Crebbin, Newtown Congregational Church, First Responder, Organizer of the Interfaith Vigil during President Obama’s Visit to Newtown
Pastor Kathi-Adams Shepard, Trinity Episcopal Church, First Responder
Paul Siegel, Artist and Illustrator, Ridgefield

Those interested in supporting the families of the victims of gun violence and the National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence can go to the Newtown Foundation link at to RSVP by September 16th to attend the fundraiser. Tickets are $60 per person; there is also an opportunity to sponsor a table of ten for $600. Supporters are encouraged to make a contribution if they are not able to attend the fundraiser.

Murray stated: “We are an all-volunteer group, so the funds we raise will directly provide social support at the National Vigil for hundreds of families and survivors impacted by gun violence from all areas of the nation. The holiday season and the anniversary of the Sandy Hook tragedy are emotionally challenging times for these families. The majority of families who join us at the National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence have been working tirelessly to shed a light on the epidemic of gun violence in our nation since the loss of their loved ones to gun violence. We are hoping community members from near and far will step up to provide support, either in person at the fundraiser or with a contribution.”



The Newtown Foundation is a Newtown-based, all volunteer organization formed after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings. Our mission is “To provide comfort, education, scholarship and other support and resources to people and communities impacted by, and living or growing up among or in the aftermath, of violence in American society; and to help them lead the way toward positive cultural change over the long term.”

The Newtown Foundation, Inc. is a 501c3 not for profit organization. Donations to the Newtown Foundation are tax deductible.