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As indicated in previous posts, many individuals of note are lending their support to the R.O.S.E. Fund for tomorrow night’s 14th Annual Awards Gala.   In addition to the phenomenal women receiving awards this year, we are honored to have two fantastic hosts for the evening: Local television personality Anne Allred and actor Mike O’Malley.

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Anne Allred is an anchor on “7NEWS Today” in New England (M-F, 5-7 a.m.) and “7NEWS at Noon,” as well as a general assignment reporter. She also anchors 7NEWS newsbreaks during the TODAY Show.

Anne joined 7NEWS in December 2006. She is a three-time regional Emmy Award nominee for general news reporting.  During her time at 7NEWS, Anne has covered stories from the Virginia Tech massacre to the Beijing Olympics. She comes to 7NEWS from WSYX/WTTE in Columbus, Ohio. While in Columbus, her local coverage earned her the Society of Professional Journalists Award for news writing.

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Anne was also a reporter for National Public Radio, as well as a reporter at WCTI in the Outer Banks of New Bern, North Carolina.

Outside of work, Anne loves to root on her alma mater, the Ohio State Buckeyes and dedicates her time to local charities.  She works with the Semper Fidelis Society, Fisher House Boston, and Angel Flight Northeast.
Anne currently resides in Boston.

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Born in Boston, Mike O’Malley’s initial claim to fame was serving as a host for game shows “Get the Picture” and “GUTS” on children’s television network Nickelodeon.  He eventually went on to make his major motion picture debut, most notably as Mike Perry in Deep Impact, for which he was billed alongside Robert Duvalll, Morgan Freeman and Vanessa Redgrave.  Mike’s film credits also include Oliver in 28 Days and Lenny Horton in The Perfect Man.

Most recently, Mike’s major credits have been for television, beginning with his role as Jimmy Hughes in “Yes, Dear.”  Since the series’ finale in 2006, he has also played recurring character Stuart on “My Name is Earl.”  On September 23, he appeared on the up-and-coming series “Glee” as Burt Hummel, the father of a high school glee club performer.

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In reality, Mike is known for his dedication to Boston sports teams and appeared in ESPN commercials as a very true-to-life character, “The Rick,” a fervent Boston sports fan.  (Watch him as “The Rick” here.)  He’s also known for his devotion to the Boston Red Sox and threw out the ceremonial first pitch at a May 2006 game.

In addition to his involvement with the Red Sox as a fan, Mike has dedicated significant time and energy to the Red Sox Foundation, for whom he hosted a benefit in April 2009.

Mike and his wife, Lisa, have two children: Fiona, 6, and Seamus, 4.

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With great excitement, the R.O.S.E. Fund announces another name from its roster of supporters and honorees.  Highly accomplished lawyer and professor Sarah Buel will receive the Sterling R.O.S.E. Award of Excellence at the Annual Awards Gala in October.

Buel, originally from Chicago, Illinois, has long been an advocate of domestic violence (DV) prevention and support to its victims.  Her dedication to the issue stems largely from her own history as a DV survivor, as she married into an abusive relationship at the age of twenty.

Born in 1953, Buel was very ambitious even as a child, despite her familial background.  Her mother had married an abusive man and her siblings were frequently in trouble; it was expected that she would follow in their footsteps.  However, Buel had higher hopes for herself and moved to New York after the 8th grade to continue her education.  From that day forward, she was the epitome of self-sufficiency: She worked her way through high school and college for several years until she earned her undergraduate degree from Harvard in 1987; for many of those latter years, she was a single mother.

Buel then went on to study at Harvard Law School, eventually graduating cum laude in 1990.  During her time there, she was very committed to the the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau and also founded the Harvard Battered Women’s Advocacy Project, the Harvard Women in Prison Project, as well as the Harvard Children and Family Rights Project.

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Since then, Buel has worked tirelessly to raise awareness of DV.  Following her days in law school, she worked as a state policy coordinator and legal aid paralegal.  Eventually, she became a prosecutor with the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office in Quincy, Massachusetts, where she contributed to the formation of many esteemed DV and juvenile programs.

For over 30 years, Buel has continued to focus on the deterrence of DV, in addition to support of its victims.  Today, she is a Clinical Professor at the University of Texas School of Law, teaching Domestic Violence and the Law, criminal law and torts courses.   She founded and still directs many of the school’s advocacy programs, including the Domestic Violence Clinic, Voices Against Violence and the interdisciplinary University of Texas Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.

Though she carries her own list of accomplishments far too long to be recited in one sitting, Buel frequently notes that she carries no greater pride than that for her son, Jacey, who also graduated from law school after working with at-risk teens in Boston for five years.

The 14th Annual R.O.S.E. Fund Awards Gala will take place on October 13, 2009 at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel.  For tickets and more information, please visit: http://rosefund.org/events.html

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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.”

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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.

Do you know an inspirational woman who has overcome the cycle and silence of domestic violence?

Nominate her for the 2009 R.O.S.E. Award; we will invest $10,000 toward the winner’s empowerment and future!

About the R.O.S.E. Fund Awards

Jill Hrubes, R.O.S.E. Award Winner. Jill recently earned her BA in Women’s Studies and Social Justice from Simmons College.

Jill Hrubes, R.O.S.E. Award Winner. Jill recently earned her BA in Women’s Studies and Social Justice from Simmons College.

Each fall, the R.O.S.E. Fund hosts an Awards Gala to honor organizations and individuals that promote and exemplify the core tenets and values of the R.O.S.E. Fund mission.  The R.O.S.E. Awards recognize:

  • Individuals that have dedicated a lifetime to raising the self-esteem of women.
  • Innovative organizations playing leadership roles in increasing the safety and self-esteem of women.
  • Inspirational women that have broken the cycle of domestic violence and have a powerful story to tell. (This distinction is  accompanied by a cash award of  $10,000.00 )
  • Outspoken advocates of domestic violence that have profoundly increased DV education, awareness and prevention.

This formal event, which attracts over 350 people annually, is held each Fall in Boston, Massachusetts.  This year’s 2009 event will be held on Tuesday, October 13th at the Boston Fairmont Copley from 5:30-9:00 p.m. Register now for our Annual Awards Event.

We’re on a search to recognize and reward a woman who has demonstrated indomitable determination in overcoming the challenges of being a domestic violence victim. We’re looking for a woman who has also gone on to succeed and find independence that can inspire others.

Do you know such a person?  Click here to nominate her. Help tell her story.