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Women Aware Celebrates 40th Anniversary with Virtual Candlelight Vigil

January 1st, 1970 |

Please join us virtually - October 21, 2020 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Women Aware will mark 40 years of service to individuals and families affected by domestic violence in Middlesex County, New Jersey with a 40th Anniversary Virtual Candlelight Vigil on Wednesday, October 21, 2020, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The event will bring together members of the community to remember victims whose lives were taken by domestic violence and to honor survivors moving beyond abuse. The candlelight vigil is open to the public and free to attend. Registration is required. Visit https://givebutter.com/WomenAware40th.

“This major milestone in Women Aware’s history links our past and present in a special way as we will be joined by the founders of the original shelter for victims of domestic violence in Middlesex County,” stated Chief Executive Officer Phyllis Yonta. “Today’s Women Aware stands on the shoulders of pioneers like Diane Palladino, Ellen Koteen and their team who were powerful advocates for victims at the local, state and national level.”

Moving forward from the extraordinary challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for Women Aware’s services to survivors of domestic violence has grown and our delivery of services has evolved. Financial support is needed now more than ever so that Women Aware can continue to provide free and confidential services 24/7 to anyone who seeks our help moving beyond abuse.


During the vigil, we will honor pioneers, volunteers and partners who have lent their voices, energy and resources to help break down barriers between survivors and the services they need:

Women Aware shelter founders, Diane Palladino and Ellen Koteen

Volunteer advocate, Ruth Hague

Founder of Sansone Auto Group, Paul Sansone, Sr.


Candlelight Vigil Sponsor – Independence Wealth Partners

Keynote Speaker Sponsor – Judge Marina Corodemus (ret.) • Hoagland, Longo, Moran, Dunst & Doukas, LLP

Vigil Partner – Yvonne Cangelosi • Edward Leske Company • MassMutual • Schechner Lifson Corporation • Linda Van Derveer

For information about sponsorship opportunities, contact Susan Dyckman, director of development, at sdyckman@womenaware.net or 732.249.4900, ext. 0428.

How to Help

Register to attend (no charge): https://givebutter.com/WomenAware40th

Donate online: https://givebutter.com/WomenAware40th

Text to make a donation: 202-858-1233 Code WA40

Mail your donation: Check payable to Women Aware; mail to Women Aware, 40th Anniversary, 250 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

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