MOMS Club of Bethel to Host Fundraiser For Victim of Domestic Violence

MOMS Club of Bethel to Host Fundraiser For Victim of Domestic Violence
Michelle Stella was beaten by her boyfriend, Jason Melledy, who committed suicide after the attack.
 The following is a press release sent in by the MOMS Club of Bethel–
Bethel, CT – The MOMS Club of Bethel will be holding “Healthy Families, Happy Lives” on Sunday, June 3 from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm at the Clifford J. Hurgin Municipal Center, 1 School Street, Bethel, CT. This free community event will feature vendors and information tables, a variety of items for raffle, and refreshments for sale. In addition, the Women’s Center of Greater Danbury will offer free workshops on teen dating violence, cyber safety, and bullying. Childcare and games for kids will also be available at this family-friendly event.
All proceeds from the event will go to the Women’s Center for Greater Danbury and the Lucas Storey Scholarship Fund. Lucas Storey tragically lost his mother to domestic violence last year (see for additional details). He is the nephew of Bethel resident and MOMS Club of Bethel chapter founder Cindy Rizzo.
“The tragedy that occurred to Lucas Storey’s family is truly horrific.  We can never bring back Lucas’ mother, Michelle.  As tragic as this is, we are fortunate to have organizations like the Women’s Center of Greater Danbury to help in trying times such as these.  I hope that the community will join us in not only learning about how to prevent such adversities, but also helping to raise awareness and funds to help both of these worthy causes”, commented Alycia Matchen, President of Mom’s Club of Bethel .
Domestic violence has a tremendous impact on communities. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), an estimated 1.3 million women are physically abused by their partners every year (see for additional information). This has an economic impact on everyone, costing over $5.8 billion dollars annually. (Id.). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical assault, or stalking by an intimate partner as of December 2011. This adds up to over 12 million women and men per year (see for additional information). Locally, the Women’s Center of Greater Danbury served over 27,000 people in the 13 municipalities in its service area between July 2010 and June 2011 (see for additional information).
“We are so grateful to the Moms Club of Bethel for providing us with the proceeds of this event.  As a non-profit organization, it is this type of community support that enables us to be there 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for all adults and children needing our free and confidential help and services”, said the Executive Director of Women’s Center of Greater Danbury, Pat Zachman.
The MOMS Club is an international non-profit organization dedicated to offering support to at-home moms, with over 1,800 chapters in seven countries and 85,000 members worldwide. The Bethel chapter was founded in May 2004 and now has nearly 40 members.
MT Strategies is a public relations firm that maximizes the ability of our clients in reaching their goals. To, get more info about the event, or to schedule an interview with Alycia Matchen or Pat Zachman, call Eliette Matos at203-947-9077 or e-mail Eliette at

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