by Kerry Barger
Varying hues of purple filled the third floor of the Mahopac Public Library this past Friday for the Putnam/Northern Westchester Women’s Resource Center’s kickoff breakfast for Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
To celebrate the center’s “Go Purple Campaign,” residents, county officials and other community leaders showed off their wardrobes’ signature purple piece—a color that was proudly displayed by most of the event’s attendees, as it signifies the plight of domestic violence awareness.
“[October] is one month of the year that we can take time to not only remember those lost, but also to shine a light across the state, the county, in backyards, under beds—wherever the violence is hiding we want to shine a light on it,” said executive director Ann Ellsworth. “Whenever I see purple, because this what we live, it reminds me of why we do what we do.”…
State Sen. Greg Ball capped off the event with the recognition of Ellsworth as the New York State Senate’s Woman of Distinction, an award the 40thDistrict’s senator said was well deserved.
“It was a great honor for me to be able to nominate [Ellsworth] as a Woman of Distinction for the statewide award,” Ball said. “The work that Ann and the center does every day provides a safety net for the community during an increasingly tough time.” (READ MORE)