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2019 Being Brave Gala


Being Brave Award

Tarana Burke


For more than 25 years, activist and advocate Tarana Burke has worked at the intersection of racial justice, arts and culture and sexual violence. Fueled by commitments to interrupt sexual violence and other systemic inequalities disproportionately impacting marginalized people, particularly black women and girls, Tarana has created and led various campaigns focused on increasing access to resources and support for impacted communities, including the #MeToo movement.


​Town Clock is incredibly proud to have honored Tarana at Being Brave 2019 for her incredible, and crucial work which has been the catalyst for a movement of support for the brave survivors all around the world.

Community Awards

Dr. Penelope Lattimer

Outstanding Volunteer Award


Dr. Penelope Lattimer received the Outstanding Volunteer Award. This award is given to an individual or group who is/are a driving force in volunteering and/or philantrophy. Dr. Lattimer, who is currently director of the New Jersey School Development Council, which is a collaboration of New Jersey school administrators, has substantially supported Town Clock CDC by connecting us with individuals who have expanded our course of development. Her insight and wise counsel make us better.

Elaine Hewins

Outstanding Advocate Award


Ms. Elaine Hewins received the Outstanding Advocate Award. This award is given to an individual or group who is/are challenging perceptions and educating the public about domestic violence. Ms. Hewins, who is the program coordinator for the Domestic Violence Education and Awareness Program at the RWJUH Community Health Promotions, Robert Wood Johnson Barnabas Health, has advised our staff and board in numerous questions, especially during our nascent period. She continues to be an advocate for the large and small concerns that happen in our New Brunswick community around the issue of domestic violence.

Louise Ragusa

Outstanding Provider Award


Ms. Louise Ragusa received the Outstanding Provider Award. This award is given to an individual or group who provides emergency services to survivors of domestic violence. Ms. Ragusa has volunteered for 24 years with the Woodbridge Domestic Violence Response Team and is a founding member of the Middlesex County Silent Witness Committee and the Middlesex County Coalition for Domestic Violence Response Teams. Their work is critical to the entire community, especially to survivors of domestic violence. Furthermore, the Woodbridge DVR Team is amazingly well organized and ambitious, by providing training programs for all who are interested. The Woodbridge DVR Team has built significant relationships with the Town Clock staff, as well as have organized significant gifts for the residents at Dina's Dwellings.

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