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Men's Initiative

Men Make A Difference, Men Against Domestic Violence™

Since 2009, the year Interval House and US Senator Richard Blumenthal co-founded Men Make a Difference, Men Against Domestic Violence™ the group of prominent Connecticut men have distributed thousands of educational brochures and training materials, raised money for the cause against domestic violence, and spoken to thousands of area residents — mostly boys and young men. Their message and mission is clear: there is never an excuse for domestic violence. In 2019 we celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Men Make a Difference.

September 22, 2009: The Founding members of Interval House’s Men Make a Difference, Men Against Domestic Violence™ pose with then-Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, co-chairman of the group,
for the first time at the State Capitol to dedicate themselves in the cause against domestic violence.


On February 14, 2019, President and CEO Mary-Jane Foster gathered with members of Men Make a Difference at the State Capitol in recognition of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Members of the press gathered to hear Foster, Team USA Olympian Donnie Cabral, State Rep. Dr. William A. Petit, Jr., and Attorney General William Tong deliver the message that there is no excuse for abuse.

Men’s Initiative Members:

Senator Richard Blumenthal, Co-Founder of Men Make a Difference, Men Against Domestic Violence™

Col. William Adams, US Army/CT National Guard

Dr. Kenneth Alleyene, Eastern Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

Timothy Bergstrom, Regional President, Webster Bank

Donnie Cabral, Team USA Olympian

Nick Caito, Freelance Photographer, Nick Caito Photo

State Representative Julio Concepcion

Rich Coppola, Award-Winning Sportscaster

Charles Coursey, Principal, Coursey & Co.

Eric Daniels, Managing Partner, Robinson & Cole

Jim Donahue, President, Winam Wines

Brad Drazen, Vice President, Communications and Marketing, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving

Fire Chief Reginald Freeman, City of Hartford

Don Frechette, Partner, Locke Lord

Joe Furey, Co-Chief Meteorologist, WTNH Channel 8

Jon Hitchcock, General Manager, Fox 61

Dennis House, News Anchor, WFSB-TV Channel 3

George Jepsen, Partner, Shipman & Goodwin

Rich Kehoe, East Hartford Town Council Chairman

Garry Lapidus, Director, Injury Prevention Center, CCMC

Brandon Lorey, Former Executive Vice President, United Bank

Trooper Andy Mathews, Executive Director, CT State Police Union

Bill McGurk, Former President, Rockville Bank

Prasad Menon, Simsbury-Granby Rotary

Eric Newell, Former Chief Financial Officer, United Bank

State Representative Dr. William A. Petit, Jr.

Professor Paul Resetarits, CCSU

State Representative Jason Rojas

James Sanchez, Hartford City Council Majority Leader

Harold Sparrow, CEO, The YMCA of Greater Hartford

Attorney General William Tong

John Turgeon, Partner, Cohn Reznick

Stephen Vaughan, Vice President, Liberty Bank

Ed Wrobel, Managing Director, Towers Watson

“Unless we, as men, are willing to stand up and speak out, this whirlwind of tragedy and devastation will be passed from one generation to the next,” said Senator Blumenthal. “I have pledged to do everything I can to break the cycle of domestic violence. Please stand with me to do the same.”

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