October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. To commemorate the strides community leaders and businesses make to stamp out domestic violence in their communities, the New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence is proud to announce the winners of the 2nd Annual Community Hero Awards. These “Community Heroes” have exemplified tremendous community support for their local domestic violence programs, and have helped their communities become more intolerant of abuse. Domestic violence programs from around the state submitted their nominations based on the businesses or individuals they wanted to recognize for going above and beyond in support of their organization. The 2012 NMCADV Community Hero Awards ceremony will be held on October 26, 2012 at the Las Cruces City Council Chambers at 2:00 in the afternoon.
“Every organization dedicated to responding to and preventing domestic and sexual violence knows the value of good volunteers and donors. But among the most valued supporters are those who voluntarily take on the mission to help end the violence.” said Malinda Williams, executive director of Community Against Violence, Inc. (CAV) in Taos, NM. “That is the reason these awards are so important.”
This year’s winners are:
- Michael Quanci – Owner of a graphic design business in Albuquerque, NM. Quanci Design, reached out to Albuquerque domestic violence program, Enlace Communitario. After receiving Enlace’s quarterly newsletter, Michael contacted them to see if they could use his services- free of cost! Enlace Communitario quickly took Michael up on his generous offer. Michael has since created Enlace’s logo, produced new letterhead, business cards and a banner to go with it all. Michael is an incredible volunteer who treats Enlace as if they were a high paying customer. Even though Michael is moving out of state, he has committed to continue assisting Enlace’s great work.
- Dr. Stephen Rath – Works for Fusion Medical Spa in Ruidoso, NM. For over a year and a half, Dr. Rath has been an active donor to the Nest Domestic Violence Shelter, giving of himself, his family and his business. Last Christmas, the Raths invited the children staying at the Nest to join their own children for a fun day of snow tubing at Winter Park. Needless to say, the kids had a blast! Dr. Rath has also offered to provide complimentary scar removal for survivors of domestic violence living at the Nest. After meeting with HEAL Executive Director Coleen Widell, and hearing of the gruesome tattooing of some victims by their abuser, Dr. Rath agreed to also provide tattoo removal for their residents.
- Mark Asmus & Lawrence Baker – This husband and wife team was nominated by Community Against Violence, Inc, from Taos, NM. Mark and Lawrence “adopted” CAV several years ago and began a commitment by donating 25% of all Marks’s sales to the program. As economic challenges increased nationwide, Mark and Lawrence not only hosted special art showings with sales to highlight the CAV mission and increase funding, but they dedicated a special work to be raffled off with all proceeds going to CAV. Not only was this going above and beyond, but now they have increased the percentage of all sales to 30%.
- David Padilla – The project manager for Santa Fe County who oversees the 7000 sq/ft Esperanza Shelter for Battered Families, Inc. During the building of the new facility, Dave has gone over and above his scope of work to be there for Esperanza and to better serve victims of domestic violence within the Santa Fe area. He oversaw all of the permitting, contractors, entities, the move, water leaks, solid waste, HVAC issues, landscaping, and even made sure that fence issues were resolved. Dave has come in on his days off and after hours to address gas leaks or pipes issues. As a Project Manager, David Padilla’s only job is to oversee a project. His heart and spirit has made Esperanza’s new home a place to be proud of!
- Roberto Estrada – Owner of Roberto’s Mexican Food in Las Cruces for over 50 years. Mr. Estrada is a kind and generous person who is always willing to give of himself and his establishment to help the community of Las Cruces and Doña Ana County. He is a wonderful restaurateur who believes in “feeding the people” and it shows. Roberto has donated the food for La Casa, Inc – the Las Cruces domestic violence shelter’s annual domestic violence candlelight vigil for the past six years. Each year, when asked to donate food, Roberto always gives and provides more and more.
For additional information contact: Daniel Manzano, Policy Director, New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence
505-553-5521 or firstname.lastname@example.org