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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 more than 20,000 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.

“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.”

Men’s Initiative Members:

  • Rich Coppola, Fox 61 Sports Director
  • Jon Hitchcock, Fox 61 General Manager
  • Joe Zone, WFSB Sports Director
  • Joe Furey, WTNH Channel 8 Meteorologist
  • Dennis House, WFSB-TV Channel 3 News Anchor
  • Howard Dickenman, CCSU Head Coach (Ret.) Men’s Basketball
  • Paul Schlickmann, CCSU Athletics
  • Eric Daniels, Managing Partner of Robinson & Cole
  • Bill McGurk, (Ret.) President of Rockville Bank
  • Brandon Lorey, Vice-President United Bank
  • Brad Drazen, United Technologies
  • State Rep. Jason Rojas
  • Winston Johnston, Hartford Public Schools
  • Col. William Adams, USArmy-CT NG
  • Prasad Menon, Simsbury-Granby Rotary
  • CT Attorney General George Jepsen
  • Dennis Bisgaard, Head Master Kingswood-Oxford School
  • Rich Kehoe, East Hartford City Council Chairman
  • Garry Lapidus, CT Children’s Hospital
  • Chief Marc Montminy, Manchester Police Department
  • Jim Donahue; CEO/Pres of Winam Wines
  • John Royce, President/CEO of The Riverview of Simsbury
  • Ed Wrobel, Managing Director of Towers Watson
  • Don Frechette, Esq., Managing Partner of Locke Lord
  • State Rep. Dr. William A. Petit, Jr.
  • Vijay Narasimhan, Founder/Principal Consultant of Original People
  • Andy Matthews, CT State Police Union President
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