NH Speaker of the House to be Honored At 3rd Annual Porch Light Award Gala


Call to Community to Celebrate Voices of Change

Sexual Assault Support Services (SASS) and A Safe Place are pleased to announce they will be holding the annual fundraiser Porch Light Gala at 6pm on December 5, 2007 at the Wentworth by the Sea Hotel and Resort.

New Hampshire Speaker of the House, Terie Norelli, has been selected to receive the 2007 Porch Light Award. The award is named in honor of the “Porch Light Program”, a grass roots movement originated in the 1980’s by a group of women affiliated with SASS and A Safe Place who were deeply concerned about the amount of violence and assaults in their community. The program established a network of “safe houses” — houses branded by a green porch light signifying them as a safe haven for those women and children in need of emergency refuge.

The Porch Light Award is presented annually to a person who has demonstrated a significant contribution to improving the lives of men, women, and children through exemplary dedication, passion, and commitment to building a safer, healthier society.

Norelli was selected in recognition of her dedication to affecting change for those impacted by sexual and domestic violence. She is the past president of the SASS Board of Directors and, as a New Hampshire Representative, worked on legislation to assist victims of these crimes, including her efforts to expand the statute of limitations in civil suits filed by sexual violence victims.

Former New Hampshire Governor, Jeanne Shaheen, has been selected to be the Key Note Speaker for the Gala Event. In 1996 Shaheen became the first woman elected Governor of New Hampshire. Re-elected in 1998 and 2000, she is only the fourth person in New Hampshire’s history to be elected to three consecutive terms as Governor. During her six years in office, New Hampshire completely overhauled its domestic violence laws and gave stronger legal protections to victims of domestic and sexual violence.

In addition, Shaheen signed legislation giving courts the power to impose tougher bail conditions on defendants charged with domestic violence, stalking or violating a protective order. She also signed legislation providing unemployment benefits for domestic violence victims who must leave their jobs to protect themselves.

For more information about sponsoring a table or buying tickets call Kathy at 603-436-4107 or visit www.sassnh.org

WHEN: 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 5th 2007

WHERE: Grand Ball Room, Wentworth by the Sea Hotel and Resort

About Sexual Assault Support Services (SASS)

SASS is dedicated to supporting victims/survivors in their effort to heal from the trauma of sexual assault and childhood sexual abuse, and stalking, while striving to prevent the occurrence of sexual violence in local communities and in society at large. For more information call 436-4107 or log on to www.SASSNH.org

About A Safe Place

Founded in 1976, A Safe Place provides services to victims and survivors of domestic abuse and stalking, regardless of gender, age, health status (including HIV-positive), physical, mental or emotional ability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, socio-economic status, race, national origin, immigration status or religious or political affiliation. For more information call 800-854-3552 or log on to www.ASafePlaceNH.org