Hillsborough, NJ (October 1, 2019) –The Hon. Christine Todd Whitman, as Honorary Chair, will speak at Safe+Sound Somerset’s Soaring to New Heights Gala on November 1st. This milestone celebration and fundraiser will pay tribute to S+SS and its successful execution of its mission to empower survivors of domestic abuse and engage the community to end the cycle of violence for over four decades.
A long-time supporter of S+SS, Christine Todd Whitman was elected freeholder in Somerset County in 1982 where she served for two terms, the last as freeholder director. She is currently the President of The Whitman Strategy Group a consulting firm that specializes in energy and environmental issues. Governor Whitman served in the cabinet of President George W. Bush as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from January of 2001 until June of 2003. She was the 50th Governor of the State of New Jersey, serving as its first woman governor from 1994 until 2001.
The Soaring to New Heights Gala, scheduled for Friday, November 1st at Fiddlers Elbow Country Club in Bedminster, will feature distinctive entertainment including a Casino Night, dancing, silent auction, and 50/50 raffle. The community is welcome to join in celebrating S+SS’s 40 years of providing healing and hope to survivors of domestic abuse. Individual tickets and tables are available to Purchase Online or by calling (908) 359-0003, ext. 204.
Soaring to New Heights will raise much needed funding for Safe+Sound Somerset’s trauma-informed, evidence based programs. S+SS is the only private, non-profit agency in Somerset County providing comprehensive services to survivors of domestic abuse and their families. Established in 1978, S+SS has continually expanded, offering a comprehensive range of services designed to support and empower survivors while working towards ending intimate partner violence and domestic abuse once and for all.
Each year, there are about 2,000 domestic violence offenses reported to law enforcement in Somerset County, New Jersey. Countless others are victimized but don’t report the abuse to the authorities, with 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men experiencing some form of domestic abuse/violence during their lifetime (CDC, 2010). These victims are more than just a statistic. They are our loved ones, neighbors, friends and coworkers – and S+SS’s services are available to all of them.
For help or to request additional information about Safe+Sound Somerset’s services, call or text our 24/7 confidential hotline at 866-685-1122 or go to www.safe-sound.org. Services are provided free of charge, in a confidential and culturally sensitive environment.