Under Secretary Mike Lawlor and Senate President Martin Looney Speak at CAGV Hartford Area Luncheon

(Photos by Wendy Skratt)

We were very pleased at the splendid turnout at our September 10th Hartford area luncheon at the Pond House Café in West Hartford. This was our second annual Hartford area luncheon and we were extremely gratified in seeing how our attendance continues to build. Our special thanks to CAGV Board member Sarah Raskin for her organizing skills in chairing the event as well as to the members of her committee who helped to make this a fun and informative occasion.

Under Secretary for Criminal Justice Policy and Planning Mike Lawlor and State Senate President Martin Looney gave fascinating and informative addresses on two issues prominent in the minds of gun safety advocates. Mr. Lawlor spoke on programs, such as Project Longevity, aimed at reducing gun homicides in our cities. Senator Looney addressed the very timely topic of the relationship of firearms to domestic violence and talked of current legislative proposals aimed at doing a better job protecting victims of domestic abuse. The speakers also gave frank and straightforward answers to some very provocative questions from the audience during the Q and A segment.

We are especially grateful to all of our supporters who attended and we look forward to seeing all of you again next year.

Join Us For Our Second Annual Hartford Area Luncheon‏

We hope you will join us this year for our Second Annual Hartford Area Luncheon. You can click here to register now.

The two topics to be discussed could not be more timely and more important to our cause:

Project Longevity is a truly successful program exclusive to Connecticut in its statewide application. No one is better able to present and explain this program than our guest speaker Mike Lawlor, Under Secretary for Criminal Justice Policy and Planning, who has taken the lead in designing and implementing this program. Prior to this position, Mike was House Chair of the Judiciary Committee of the CT General Assembly and was a champion of our nation-leading gun safety laws. Project Longevity, after being initiated in 2011, has showed stunning results in reducing gun violence in our largest cities of Bridgeport, Hartford, and New Haven.

Major Cities Gun Homicides combined

Equally important is the issue of Domestic Violence. Many of you  were involved in the campaign during this session in our attempt to pass the nation’s strongest Domestic Violence Temporary Restraining Order bill. We were all disappointed that the bill did not pass in the session. We were unable to get it to the finish line in time despite the determined efforts of Senate President Martin Looney. Senator Looney will be there to discuss what happened and how we can ensure the bill’s passage in the future.

We believe it is critically important for anyone passionate about preventing gun violence in Connecticut to be up to date and aware of these two vital topics.

Please click on the invitation below to register.

hartford luncheon 2015 invite

CAGV Partnering with Travelers Golf Tournament

We are excited to announce our 2015 partnership with the Travelers PGA Golf Championship “Birdies for Charity” program, a unique fundraising program to get excited about!

Birdies for Charity is a pledge-based fundraising program based on the number of birdies made by professional golfers playing in the tournament which runs from June 22-28 at the TPC River Highlands golf club. For example, a $0.02 pledge would equal a $36.00 if 1,800 birdies are made. You can make a flat rate donation of at least $10.00 too! The Travelers Championship will donate 100% of the proceeds from your donation to Connecticut Against Gun Violence Education Fund.

Your donation can help us receive extra funds too! Each organization that raises money through the Birdies for Charity program will receive a 15% bonus on top of the pledges collected.

As a donor, you could also win great prizes!  Donors have one chance to guess the number of Birdies made during the Travelers Championship. Prizes include a $1,500 cash gift card, a World Golf Hall of Fame Vacation package, and other great prizes.

In our continued effort to reduce gun violence we hope you will join us as we raise funds through the Birdies for Charity program. For 2015, our goal is to raise $5,000. Please help our mission by donating through the Birdies for Charity program today.

Simply visit our pledge website.