It is with great pride that the R.O.S.E. Fund announces actress Olympia Dukakis will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at its annual Awards Gala in October.

Dukakis, a Lowell, MA native, has long been acclaimed for her candid advocacy of women’s rights.  With her unparalleled command of the spoken word, she has raised both funds and awareness of domestic violence, giving a voice to many victims who cannot or are afraid to speak for themselves.

In a 2007 interview with BroadwayWorld.com, Dukakis described domestic violence as a “pandemic in this country,” noting the importance of performance as a method for raising consciousness of what can be hidden issues.

“As artists,” she said, “we are out there, forward, visible, and we can … have an influence.”



Dukakis has donated time to numerous organizations benefiting domestic violence victims, survivors and prevention programs, including the Women’s Center, Western New York Women’s Fund, University of New Hampshire’s Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention Program, and the National Domestic Violence Project.

Born in 1931, Dukakis won the 1988 Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role as Rose Castorini in Moonstruck, as well as a Golden Globe and a BAFTA Film Award.  Her career highlights also include roles in Steel Magnolias, Mr. Holland’s Opus and appearances on such popular TV shows as “The Simpsons” and “Frasier.”

This year’s additional honorees include Massachusetts First Lady Diane Patrick and Sarah Buel, UT law professor and co-founder of the National Training Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence.

The 14th Annual R.O.S.E. Fund Awards Gala will take place on October 13, 2009 at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel.

About the R.O.S.E. Fund

The R.O.S.E. Fund (Regaining One’s Self Esteem) provides female survivors of domestic violence with free medical and dental procedures, facial reconstructive surgeries, cash awards and scholarship monies.  Since it was founded 1992, the R.O.S.E. Fund has invested more than $1 million in these women, their families and their futures, enabling them to re-build their lives and regain their self-esteem.   For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.rosefund.org or contact Kait at (415) 216-8494 or Kait@redarrowcomm.com.