Breakfast With ChampionsFox 61 CT 2017 Awardee
Breakfast With Champions is rapidly becoming an annual Interval House award and awareness-raising event!
Held for the 5th year at The Riverview, a private event venue that captures the beauty of rural Connecticut, the 2017 Breakfast With Champions awardee is Fox 61 CT, TV.
Fox 61 TV’s domestic violence coverage in the past several years has spotlighted the insidious problem domestic violence poses in Connecticut. The station has encouraged many thousands to find hope and help at Hartford Interval House, as well as to educate viewers, or to donate to the cause of ending domestic violence in our state.
Those at Fox 61 have personal as well as societal reasons for wanting to shed light on this complicated cycle of violence and abuse that affects so many in our state. Thanks to the stations news coverage and editorial voice, greater numbers of Connecticut residents now know how to recognize the signs of domestic violence, and how Interval Houses’ life-saving services programs can help.
Wednesday, October 18th, 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
The Riverview — 10 Winslow Place, Simsbury, CT
Tickets start at $50 per person and go up to Gold Sponsorship, a table for ten for $1000.
All proceeds go to Interval House thanks to the extraordinary generosity of John Royce, owner of The Riverview, and member of Men Make a Difference, Men Against Domestic Violence™, for he graciously donates his elegant venue with all the breakfast trimmings and staff, to our cause.
Past honorees include Senator Richard Blumenthal, who was honored in 2010 when he was Connecticut attorney general and senator-elect, and Central Connecticut State University men’s basketball coach Howie Dickenman, who was honored in 2012. Dr. William A. Petit, Jr., president and chairman of the board of the Petit Family Foundation, was honored in 2015. Past Interval House director, Cecile Enrico was the awardee in 2016.
Highlights from our 2016 Breakfast With Champions!
In an October morning breakfast and ceremony in 2016, The Riverview in Simsbury was packed with Interval House supporters and state dignitaries to honor an icon in the cause against domestic violence — our longtime executive director, Cecile Enrico.
Photography by Wonderland Photography
News of Enrico’s retirement after nearly 40 years, was greeted with heartfelt words of accolades and appreciation from many ardent supporters, including US Senator Richard Blumenthal, co-founder of Men Make a Difference, Men Against Domestic Violence™ and a longtime Interval House supporter, and she received several meritorious awards of achievement. “Having worked with Cecile, I have seen firsthand her extraordinary dedication to domestic violence survivors, providing vital shelter and services and leading critical programs to prevent abuse,” Senator Blumenthal said from the podium. “She has truly made a difference.”
“I don’t think there’s anybody in the cause against domestic violence in Connecticut that has had more of a positive impact,” said Gloria Gery, former board president and long-time Interval House supporter. “She’s been there right from the beginning and her legacy is one of great achievements. Not only for herself as a survivor, but also all those others she’s helped over the decades.”
Enrico, herself a survivor of domestic violence, helped create the nonprofit organization in 1977. She worked her way up from a volunteer and victim advocate to eventually leading the agency as its director in 1988.
Enrico’s impact, work and legacy will be long-lasting.