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• Rich Coppola, Fox 61 Sports Director • Jon Hitchcock, Fox 61 General Manager • Joe Furey, WTNH Channel 8 Co-Chief Meteorologist • Dennis House, WFSB-TV Channel 3 News Anchor • State Rep. Dr. William A. Petit, Jr. • Eric Daniels, Managing Partner of Robinson & Cole • Bill McGurk, Former President of Rockville Bank • Brandon Lorey, Executive Vice President of United Bank • Brad Drazen, Director of Communications for United Technologies Corp. • State Rep. Jason Rojas • Col. William Adams, US Army/CT National Guard • Prasad Menon, Simsbury-Granby Rotary • George Jepsen, Partner with Shipman & Goodwin • Rich Kehoe, East Hartford Town Council Chairman • Garry Lapidus, CT Children’s Hospital/Director of the Injury Prevention Center • Ed Wrobel, Managing Director of Towers Watson • Jim Donahue, President of Winam Wines • Donnie Cabral, Team USA Olympian • Dr. Ken Alleyene, Eastern Orthopedics & Sports Medicine • Tim Bergstrom, Regional President of Webster Bank • Fire Chief Reginald Freeman, City of Hartford • Harold Sparrow, CEO of The YMCA of Greater Hartford • John Turgeon, Partner with Cohn Reznick • Trooper Andy Mathews, Executive Director CT State Police Union • Don Frechette, Partner with Locke Lord • Prof. Paul Resetarits, CCSU • State Rep. Julio Concepcion • Charles Coursey, Principal of Coursey & Co. • James Sanchez, Hartford City Councilor • Attorney General William Tong •

“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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